|binary solo said:
Sensible in the longterm perspective. Profitability of the Xbox is more important than number of units sold and it's clear XOS will be an important unit for entry-level buyers for a few years yet. They possibly looked at PS4 vs PS4P sales and realised that the premium unit is not going to supersede the base unit in sales volume, so there is no point trying to take a volume approach to XOX at the cost of profitability.
Yeah, either they looked at Sony or came to that conlusion themselves, because Sony seemed to reach that conclusion without any prior reference, and they were correct. Pro is selling just slightly better than they expected. Although MS are aiming at a slightly more hardcore audience than Sony perhaps. But I still think the audience is very limited.
People will say that XBOX is DOA, but if it meets MS's sales expectations, even if they are as low as Sony's expectations of the Pro, it will do what it was designed to do.
But at $499 there's a question if even 1 out of 5 Xbox units sold will be an Xbox X. Or whatever MS are expecting.