Are raw console specs important to you? (PS4 vs. Xbox One)
Does this really matter though? Sure, the PS4 is more powerful on paper (and I believe the PS3 was "more powerful" than the Xbox 360 as well). But I don't think that matters at the end of the day. Most developers are going to be creating games and content for the lowest common denominator (even if it's called a "next-gen" console).
So, Battlefield 5 or 6 or 7 will come out and it will run equally as well on the Xbox One as it does on the PS4. With how much AAA titles cost to develop these days (for example, GTA V reportedly cost $250 million to make), developers want them available on as many platforms as possible, with the least amount of work -- it makes the best sense for their checkbooks. (Yes, every now and then we see exclusives. But by and large, if a game is released on the PS4 vs the Xbox One, there's not going to be a significant difference.)
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Bingo. Games common to both platforms will be subject to this. Thus from that standpoint it doesn't matter what side you lie on.
This is why console exclusives are more important. Forza 5/6/7 or Gran Turismo 7/8? Want to play one of these? You have to pick the right console. Now I realize, as you said, exclusives are becoming a thing of the past (unless you live in Nintendo world), but with the basic gaming experience being the same on both PS4 and XB one, it really is a tangible thing to grab on to when deciding a console
To me what matters is the following
1) Complete feature list
2) Can it play the same 3rd party games as the competition
3) Aesthetics of the console
I don't really care if one has a few less shaders then the other and I don't confuse consoles with gaming PCs either.
The thing with this new generation is that the difference between the PS4 and the Xbox One is much smaller than that of the PS3 vs. Xbox 360. So in essence I believe that the raw specs of the consoles are moot. So thus we must look more towards HOW the console's components are being utilized and how well the company behind the machine is supporting it and bringing in new content in the form of games or now even streaming and more!
Like I've said in another post, I am excited at the potential of this generation of consoles. I can't wait to see these new consoles be pushed to their peak potential but I know that it will take some time before that happens. As an early adopter, I hope I am sending Microsoft, Sony and all the developers know that I WANT TO SEE THE BEST THEY CAN OFFER!
I bought the Xbox one over the PS4 because there is more to it then just playing games. It is strong enough to hang with the PS4, but it has extra features that aren't 100% game centric. With that aside, while I'm playing Battlefield 4 or NFS Rivals, I am immersed in so much action its hard to just stop and say... oh well this isn't native 1080p, my game sucks. It looks great and unless you are doing a side by side and pixel peeking, it would be hard to pick and choose which is better looking between the two. What these fanboys love to tout is the PS4 is (x amount) stronger then the xboxone. I think they are so focused on one aspect of the overall experience. They should look at the overall experience and if one system brings that experience to their doorstep then thats the right one for them.