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Here is the way I see it:

Xbox Series X

+ Larger 360mm squared chipset, leading to increased fabrication costs compared to the smaller PS5 chipset

+ Split Motherboard, which MS said costs more than a traditional motherboard

+ Faster, more expensive RAM

+ Probably a higher wattage power supply (though it's also possible that PS5 needing a thinner power supply due to it's thin case may lead to increased costs for PS5 on power supply)

PS5

+ Faster, more expensive SSD

+ Larger case, leading to increased case material cost

+ More tech in the controller (haptics, trigger motors, touchpad, speaker, microphone, internal battery), leading to increased controller cost compared to Series X

+ Most likely multiple cooling fans, compared to a single fan for Series X, and possibly a more expensive heat sink, leading to increasing cooling system costs compared to Series X

Which comes out more expensive in the end, I really don't know. I would imagine the two are very close in bill of materials personally, $20 difference at most probably. And MS is supposedly selling Series X at a small loss at $500, so if PS5's bill of materials is about the same as Series X, they'd also be selling at a small loss at $500 most likely, breaking even at $500 as a best case scenario for them. It's why I don't think $450 physical/$400 digital or $500 physical/$400 digital is happening for PS5 personally, I fully expect $500 physical/$450 digital. 

Last edited by shikamaru317 - on 13 September 2020