Some gamers are happy just to play games, as long as the look good enough and don't stutter excessively. For others, it's all about having the premium experience and when that's paramount, you start analysing every screenshot and video to solidify your console (or PC) purchasing decision. Well, if you're still mulling over your options, Eurogamer's Digital Foundry has some great material for you.
The top video provides an image comparison between the Xbox One and PS4, while this one below adds the Wii U, though the focus changes to framerate rather than image quality.
Both are part of a larger piece on Eurogramer by David Bierton, comparing the consoles — and PC — to one another, with Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed IV providing playing fodder.
While it goes without saying the poor Wii U doesn't match the pace of it's more recent competitors, the final verdict from Bierton is that between Microsoft and Sony, it's the latter's version of Assassin's Creed IV that comes out ahead:
...it's clear that the PS4 game is the definitive release of Assassin's Creed 4 on the console formats. While the experience doesn't come close to defining next-gen gaming, the boost in hardware capability now makes it possible to enjoy Black Flag for all its flaws and accomplishments without anything else getting in the way.
While I don't own either console and have no plans to get one soon, personally, I'm not a fan of whatever sharpening — or lack of anti-aliasing — going on in the Xbox One version of AC IV. That said, it might look better from a distance, rather than being analysed from 20cm away.
Next-Gen Face-Off: Assassin's Creed 4 [Eurogamer]