Every generation has it's spec sheet war. It's inevitable. In the end it has little bearing on sales of a console.
OG Xbox was more powerful than PS2, PS3 more powerful than Wii etc. What most people care about is value for money and exclusives these days, and usually they both have to be in hand. That's why the Wii U's unofficial price drop last month didn't help the sales, there's still a drought of exclusives on offer.
I didn't even go to the PS2 right away because they couldn't give me a Phantasy Star type of game.
Or a single player game like Shemnue. It was 3-4 yrs into the PS2 that I got one.
I feel the X1 and PS4 will have a repeat of this generation. The PS4 is obviously better on paper, but Microsoft have great tools to allow devs to keep games close to performing the same. Plus they develop for the stronger console and the weaker one benefits in the process as a by-product almost.
That is true... What sold me on the Xbox, 360, & now Xbox One, is the infrastructure behind it..
Phantasy Star on the Dreamcast, to made my imagination go nuts. And I said I will no longer be confined to the box and disc that is in it.. The XBOX One Is tearing down the already excellent Xbox Live, and giving developers what seems like a blank canvas to create till their hearts content.
I did a post earlier, about the Internet being the killer feature and it's your ISP who's is holding you back this generation.. And I still believe that... Specs are a need don't get me wrong, to see this come to fruition... But Microsoft should focus on specs to make the Xbox better.., and not worry about the comp...
Xbox live as a service made people forget about specs, and I think that will also be the key for this gen as well