There has been a lot of back and forth between Xbox 720 and PlayStation 4, some praising one while some siding with the other.
CEO of Gearbox, Randy Pitchford opted for Sony, being really excited to be working on the console and giving his own input to it. Id Software veteran John Carmack also seemed impressed by the PS4 specs.
Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, however, in a Gametrailers video called “Rollin With Nolan”, expressed his belief that the Xbox 720 will beat the PS4 due to superior software support for developers,
I personally believe Microsoft is in a superior position, and the reason is Sony, whenever they change consoles, the software tools that they have are lame. A lot of times in the past they were in Japanese; not well documented and getting the software development community up to speed…they may have been able to do it in Japan, but the American software community just says ‘Oh boy, what a pain.’ And a lot of people don’t realize how strong the software community is at making the hardware platform sing and dance.
Bushnell elaborates the importance of Software and how it drives hardware sales:
Microsoft, because of their strong software tools, will end up with much better products sooner [and] easier, in my estimation. And with that, I think will be at an advantage. And also don’t forget, Microsoft actually has so much money to defend this. Plus, they have a good infrastructure with the [Xbox Live Arcade], with their online world.
On the other hand, Bushnell criticized the “online world” offered by Sony, saying that they “really needs to get their action together” to improve online structure.
He went on to give his opinion on what the consoles need to focus on to improve, noting the importance of hardware such as Oculus Rift in bringing these consoles to the next generation.
Source. GameTrailers Via GameSpot