I specify sound quality because I think the workflow of software is still not as intuitive as hardware. Most people are more comfortable twiddling knobs than navigating menus or instilling new drivers. I'm really only talking about the quality of the final MIXED guitar sound. So I mean after all tweaking and editing. For me and for the music I play current gen software is just as good as any hardware on the market including Axe and Kemper as far as sound.