Fact is, Phil committed to having the most powerful console when Scarlett was first announced. The only way to insure that happens, without corporate espionage (which is illegal), is to pretend that Scarlett is weaker than it is right up until the last moment, and then change the specs to make them more powerful once it is too late for Sony to make changes. I just hope that they are willing to subsidize the cost of being the most powerful console, will be majorly disappointed if Scarlett doesn't have price parity with PS5, even more so if PS5 is $500 and Scarlett is even higher than $500. Both at $400 would be ideal, but I just don't see that happening with the cost of the parts that are going into it (mid-high end GPU, mid-high end desktop CPU, a significant amount of GDDR6 RAM, 1 TB SSD's which are reportedly quite fast, vapor chamber cooling) unless there is significant subsidizing on the part of both Sony and MS. Both at $500 is probably best case scenario at this point.
I see them both launching at $499. At best $399 or 449 if they release a version without a disc drive as they get a higher cut in revenue from game sales through the PS / Xbox stores than if they were sold at retail. Actually the Xbox One SAD selling well during Black Friday might push Microsoft to release an Xbox Scarlett All-Digital Edition at launch for a lower price. About power if Microsoft wants the Scarlett to be more powerful than PS5 I am expecting it to only be 10% more powerful as Microsoft won't want to have it launch at a higher price.
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