The battle between Xbox and PlayStation has always been full of passion – that of the respective console’s enthusiastic fans – and it continues to rage with the launch of the latest versions: Xbox One and PS4. Naturally, we can expect the respective sides to highlight each console’s advantages and to downplay the downsides.

And, just as naturally, people who work for Microsoft and Sony are quick to defend their product. Take Alan Bowman, Australasian vice president of retail sales and marketing of Microsoft, who has been quoted over and over again for stating that the spec difference between Xbox One and PS4 is “fairly marginal”.

Xbox One and PS4

He elaborates:

“We’re optimistic about this generation. We’ve got a unique value proposition, and from just a pure specs perspective it’s always gonna be fairly marginal difference. The purists are gonna argue the toss, but I think it comes down to the games. You’re gonna see great exclusive games on Xbox One, and when you look at the cross-platform games, and there’s gonna be exclusive content on Xbox One.”

Bowman talked about this during an interview with Gameplanet, where he also talked about continuous support and development for Xbox 360. So yeah, if you own an Xbox 360 and have no immediate plans of getting the new console, you’ll probably still be able to enjoy new games for your console.

And, speaking of games, Bowman was basically emphasizing that the success of gaming consoles will largely depend on the games – and not the spec difference between the two. I suppose that we can argue over and over again as to which console is superior technology, but as much of a PlayStation fan as I am, I think I’ll have to agree with Bowman about the games in this case.

For a deeper analysis of the spec difference between Xbox One and PS4, here’s a video by IGN.

Hardcore gamers, what say you?

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