After both consoles were announced at E3 (despite your preference) it would be fair to say public favour was very much in Sony’s camp. This was largely due to Microsoft’s DRM and Pre-owned debacle, an issue which has since has been resolved once Microsoft backtracked on their initial policies. The damage may have been done for some gaming enthusiasts but certain cards that Sony fans have still enjoyed playing over their Xbox rivals have recently been taken away, making the whole Xbox One vs PS4 a little more of an even playing field.
The main card I’m referring to is that the PS4 is “considerably” more powerful than the Xbox One. A recent post by Digital Foundry has discovered that the 8GB of RAM that the PS4 is boasting cannot be used to it’s full capacity. Apparently 3.5GB will be used to run the operating system alone and only around 1GB will be flexible memory. Meaning that developers will only get to use around 5.5GB of the RAM. The same can be said about the Xbox One as around 3GB will be dedicated to the OS, which in reality means both machines are approximately as powerful as each other.
I myself have found this debate inconsequential. The PS3 was largely regarded more powerful than the Xbox 360 but only a handful of developers such as Sony themselves, Naughty Dog (Last of Us & the Uncharted series) and Santa Monica (God of War Ascension) truly tapped into that potential. Both consoles had their pro’s and con’s as will the next generation. The real argument as to which console is better will be dictated by sales and mainly the exclusive games that help drive those sales. People will have there opinion as to which console Assassin’s Creed 4 or Watchdogs plays smoother on, but to the standard or casual gamer (rather than the hardcore gamer) these things will not matter. If the machine works and the games are great many will not care. It is an elitist argument to justify certain peoples purchase, which is fine, I’m all for debate. But I myself will stay with the middle ground and hope that both consoles are amazing and have fantastic games that will live in the memory.