As long as the full functionality of an equipment requires a computer driven software, that equipment is considered a controller and, for Denon DJ and for me, at least, the MCX8000 is an advanced software controller, built around the Serato DJ software, with standalone playback capabilities.
When you are in standalone mode, you are compelled to work only with what you already prepared on your removable storage library and you can use only the limited array of features built in the MCX8000. You don’t have the versatility of the Serato software available at your fingertips.
It’s ok if anyone looks at the MCX8000 as being primarily a standalone playback equipment, because many people will use it in this mode, but one cannot compare its standalone features and performance with an equipment like the Prime 4, which is a true standalone playback equipment, capable of being used as a controller also.
The main thing that matters is that everyone who use it to be able to smile while using it and make the dancefloor people happy.