All the rumors and all the hype were finally answered today with the official specification and pricing release from Sony of their upcoming console the Playstation 4. This console really is a beast and Sony seems to have kept with a much more gaming centered console. This is in direct contrast to Microsoft's initiative to invade your living room with a "jack-of-all-trades" box.
A box which watches you get undressed .
Recommended retail price: US $399, Canada $399, €399 and £349
Main processor: Single-chip custom processor
CPU: x86-64 AMD "Jaguar", 8 cores
GPU: 1.84 TFLOPS, AMN next-generation Radeon based graphics engine
Memory: GDDR5 8GB
Storage: 500GB hard disk drive*
External dimensions: Approximately 275 x 53 x 305mm
Mass: Approx 2.8kg
BD/DVD drive (read only): BD x 6 CAV, DVD x 8 CAV
Input/Output: Super-Speed USBx (USB 3.0) port x2, AUX port x1
Networking: Ethernet x1, IEEE 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 (EDR)
AV output: HDMI out port, DIGITAL OUT (OPTICAL) port
Included: PlayStation 4 system x1, Wireless controller (DualShock 4) x1, Mono headset x1, AC power cord x1, HDMI cable x1, USB cable x1
What does this all mean for you? Simple, the Playstation 4 from a spec standpoint, wipes the floor with the Xbox One. The Xbox One has 50% fewer shaders (GPU) and is utilizing DDR4 instead of a large pool of GDDR5. On top of the spec difference there is a nice price difference. The Playstation 4 will be $100.00 cheaper than the starting Xbox One model. More than likely this is due to the peripheral costs that the Xbox One has included with it. Remember, that Kinect has a lot of stuff going on (The Kinect can actually take your pulse rate) which is where that price increase is for the most part coming from.
Either way you choose though, you are going to be having a good time gaming in the next coming years.