The final update: Too close to call.
So, after a few more months with both consoles I have to say, the competition is too close to really call. There simply is not major factor where one console "wins out" over the other.
- I like the *new* trigger rumble. Its cool.
- I like the fact that apps seem to be comming quicker here (youtube etc.)
- I like that the web browser supports some video streaming.
- I like the controller (other than bumpers being too stiff)
- I like some of the upcomming exclusives (Sunset Overdrive, Quantum Break)
- I like the snappy interface
- I like the speaker in the controller
- The sound is crisp (xbox crackles)
- I like the blu-ray player
- I like the bump in resolution FPS performance
Despite how similar these two platform seem to be, I am finding myself buying game on XB1 more then PS4 simply because I think I just need to focus on one platform and there are more upcoming exclusives and apps for XB1 than PS4 and I need to pick a lane. I find the performance difference insignificant for the most part and after playing a number of game, it seems the more important factor is the "game" not the resolution or framerate. In the end, I could easily pick the PS4 since it seems to have the tech edge. But just like last generation, the tech "specs" don't always point to the best gaming experience.
Since I am luck enough to have both consoles, I will continue to look for the best gaming experience and if one of the consoles clearly has the better version, I am sure I will buy it on that console. But if I don't hear of any major diffrences, I wil get it on the XB1 because a few of my friends only have an XB1 and that is reason enough in case I get to play any multi-player games.
But there is no reason not to pick either console as your favorite. They both deserve all the love that they get and its really a great thing to have two companies competing at such a close level. This will promote a competitive environment where both companies strive to edge out the other. And that is good news for the consumer.