I'm an early adopter (at least in gaming) so I got both Xbox One and PS4, and I've been meaning to write my thoughts in this thread.
is a simple gaming PC console that IMO gets it right. Great controller, and makes playing games easy. Blasting through Assassin's Creed IV on PS4 hasn't left me wishing I got the PC version, and for that I'm thankful. In addition to AC4, I got Killzone, Knack and Resogun - all of which represent solid console gaming and I've been very satisfied with each. The only issue I have with the PS4 is drive noise, which, because the games are installed to the hard drive, goes away after a couple minutes after the disc check. And there's been some system heat issues with certain games that cause the system's cooling fan to spin a little louder than I like on occasion. I have had one lock-up when a game was idle, so I hope that's a fluke. The remote-play ability with the Vita is pretty fantastic!Xbox One
hasn't been used nearly as much. It's not that I don't like it, but what it does beyond the PS4 (voice control and TV integration) has been somewhat frustrating, and left me feeling like it's unnecessary. The controller is nice, and the hardware seems nicely designed and is, for the most part, silent. Forza plays great, but is the only game I bought for the system. I hear Ryse is better than reported, so might try that as my next game. The Kinect is impressive hardware - Skype is amazing on it, the Fitness programs are better than expected, and the Kinect Sports Rivals demo is really fun and engaging. That said, I don't have a strong desire to do any of those... I simply want to relax in my comfy chair and play games, which Forza shows the XB1 does well, but so does the PS4 - maybe a little better.
But to be fair, I have the PS4 upstairs in my gaming room, hooked up to the same TV as my PC, with my comfy gaming chair, so it's usually the place I go when I want to game. The XB1 is downstairs in my modest HT, which is the TV/movie viewing area, and I don't game there much anymore. The wife requested the Kinect to be unplugged when not in use, so I honor that, even leaving it unplugged when using the XB1. If I swapped positions, maybe I would favor the other console? Dunno. I might bring the XB1 into the gaming room and put an old 360 and/or PS3 back in the HT over Christmas to find out.
All in all, I really don't need any of the new consoles, but a console is nice to have. I really really
don't need both, and it seems at this moment I favor the PS4 because it gives me what I want in a console - no frills, frustration-free top of the line gaming experience.