Disclaimer: Before I say my piece and get torn by either side, I come from a neutral gaming background owning every system I could coax from my parents/afford by myself.
There always have been and there always will be small but vocal groups of fanbases who will mercilessly defend their favoured platform even when it's neither in their intetests as a consumer or backed by any sense or logic.
Never has this been more noticeable or less understandable in my gaming life at the age of 24 with the opening months of this new console generation.
When the Xbox 360 had already been on the market for around a year and the Playstation 3 launched, there was a noticeable but not game breaking difference in multiplatform game. Regardless of how small or large, a difference is a difference and brand loyalists were quick to kick in rival owners faces. As the generation wore on, differences still persisted, but on a much smaller scale and less frequently. Even so, The Lens Of Truth was all the rage. Some textures being better here, more vibrant colours there and slightly sharper or darker shadows in between. These differences were of deemed important enough to have heated debates over and for fanboys to cling onto regardless of how trivial some aspects of some titles were.
But as the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 systems had their day in the sun and got to kick back for a while with the Xbox One and Playstation 4 taking the limelight, all of that changed almost immediately.
Straight out of the gate the next gen machines were under great observation for differences, some of which surprisingly large given the early stage of the systems and supposed near identical features and hardware.
The first shots fired were from the Activision camp with COD Ghosts revealed to be at native 1080p on the PS4 while the Xbox, commonly seen as the embodiment of the COD franchise, ran at an upscaled 720p. There was more to come, AC4 Black Flag ran at an upscaled 900p vs PS4's native 1080p, BF4 running upscaled 720p vs PS4's upscaled 900p. Even when the Xbox One was running the same resolution as PS4 , it paid the price in the performance department running at almost twice the framerate on the PS4.
The problem doesn't appear to be a launch problem either with the majority of most future AAA titles running at an inferior upscaled 720p vs PS4's native 1080p. Titles including Watch Dogs, The Witcher 3, Thief, MGS Ground Zeroes and a few others to date being revealed as falling under this criteria.
My problem here doesn't specifically lie with the resolutions and framerates themselves. As a gamer I find it highly unlikely that if I owned only an Xbox one I'd find myself playing COD and thinking "this is fun and all... I just wish it was NATIVE 1080p". If the experience is fundamentally the same and you don't have a PS4 or capable gaming PC for comparision, it's unlikely you'll notice anything at all. But that only covers those who already own a system and can't afford the other.
My main problem is that a fanbase feverishly kicked up such a fuss, and shout and screamed from the highest rooftops of the internet that foliage being sharper, shadows being more detailed or a washed out texture was a HUGE deal. But now that the shoe is on the other foot, but this time with legit, massive differences of DOUBLE the pixel count in alot of huge titles? It's suddenly "all about the gameplay" or "I dont play graphics, I play games". Some people either need to just make up their minds and enjoy what they have or just keep quiet, because that vocal minority bring an entire fanbase into disrepute.
If your sitting on your PC or at the store with the money to purchase one system, forget brands or "loyalty" which a faceless corporation could give a flying rats ass about, the natural choice is to buy the thing that gives you the most bang for your buck. So with a system that is $100 more expensive and performs anywhere between slightly worse to TWICE as bad, what is there left to defend? It's a losing game.
Either own as many platforms as you can and get the best of both worlds, or be happy with what you have and stop making fools of yourselves over indefensible fact.
This rant would have been aimed at any party who pulled this crap. Next gen I could and will write this rant if Sony, Nintendo or whoever else might exist then go down this road too.