If I get this correctly then if I use Photoshop CC I don't need to use an HDR program right? everything is done inside Photoshop?
However, I will not hire anything from Adobe, which is essentially what you're doing if you purchase Photoshop CC, so I'm staying with CS6+an HDR program.
Well, if that's your position, that's fine. But you can accomplish the same effect using only PS CS6 and ACR 7 if you take a side trip through 32 bit TIFFLand. It's just more difficult and time consuming. But get used to it...this is the kind of marketing "technical barrier" that Adobe is adept at. No "32-bit-HDR-toning-with-ACR for youu!!!"
Or the next must-have feature that comes along, unless you get the latest version
But really - for ten bucks a month (current customers only) you get the whole PS/LR/ACR CC package. That's less than the price of an annual upgrade, if I remember correctly. That's legal customers, and it's a pretty good deal.