It doesn't seem like that bad of a deal to me. Sony is already planning to launch a revised PS5 model this year, allowing more flexibility when it comes to price cuts for the baseline models in the future, and the Pro models would offer a marginal improvement (from having performance options to one mode of 4K/60FPS) at best.
Consumers with the base PS5 would still get all the advancements of this generation even if a Pro model were to release next year. And even if Sony weren't planning to release a PS5 Pro, they could very well cut the price of the PS5 next year, which could be seen as a middle finger to consumers who purchased the PS5 the year prior.
Pardon me but I really have to doubt your last statement in lights of the fact that they just recently upped the pricing of said console due to the ramping inflation.
I imagine them being actually more shy to really do deals on their hardware but more so do like Nintendo does with bundling titles to keep the price of said hardware to it's base.
For manufacturing ease and costs purpose, the new slim model will prolly adopt the same pricing as the current version and slowly fizzle out the past console.
We're past the "decrease hardware prices to invigorate sales pump" phase of the industry during the 7th Gen and 8th Gen.
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