1. There is a big reason. If PS5 is $450 as rumored, they can undercut them by $150 and have a cheap option available for budget conscious gamers right from the start of the gen. Sure it will be quite a bit less powerful than PS5 and XSX, but some people care more about saving money than they care about having the best graphics. Just look at how the Xbox One S All-Digital edition at $150 was one of the best selling console SKU's on Black Friday week last year.
2. You're placing too much emphasis on flops. Supposedly 4 tflops on RDNA 2 is a good bit more powerful than 6 tflops on GCN, the GPU architecture that XB1 X and PS4 Pro used. Also, this system won't be aiming for 4K like XB1 X did, supposedly the target is 1080p-1440p on next gen games that will be 4K on XSX and PS5.
3. See #2.
4. I don't see how having a cheaper console option than Sony hurts them at all against PS5, lol.
5. That's your prerogative.
If ps5 base console is 450dollars, it would be at least 9 teraflops, xbox would be a laughing joke if it is less than half the graphical power, people would just joke that it isn't even next gen while ps5 is the true next gen. Not to mention there wont even be exclusives on xbox for 2 years. No one would buy it. And a console without a disc drive? See how well the xbox one S all digital did? It didn't sell much at all. Most people would rather pay a bit more and get the option of disc drive.
Im not complaining about 4tf against the xbox X, Im looking how it compared to the competition next generation.
1. MS doesn’t care about jokes from core gamers on forums. The Series S is not intended for core gamers, Series X is. Series S is intended for casuals and the budget conscious, not core gamers who want the best graphics. Specs comparisons are irrelevant to the target audience for Series S, that audience just wants a cheap console that plays the games that they want to play.
2. Xbox One S All Digital edition was not a flop, not sure where you are getting that from. MS sold it for $150 Black Friday week, $50 less than the disc drive XB1 S, and it sold very well at that price, it was one of the top console SKU’s Black Friday week, not only in the US but in Europe as well. XB1 SAD edition was a trial run to see if an all digital console next gen would be viable. It passed the test, that is why Lockhart/Series S wasn’t cancelled or given a disc drive, MS knows now that an all-digital console can succeed.
Original rumors were that it would have the same 1 TB SSD as Series X. I doubt they'd go smaller, since it's digital only and even 1 TB will fill up fast with next gen file sizes, and I also doubt they'll go larger if they're aiming for $300.
At 300dollars they would never in a million years put a 1terabyte ssd, that would cost half the price of the console parts (without the controller), unless they put HDD instead, the xbox X uses HDD not ssd.
You can buy a 1TB SSD at retail for about $100-120 now. That is retail, Microsoft is buying their SSD’s in bulk straight from the manufacturer, Phison, they’re probably paying a bit over half the retail price per SSD. $50-70 for an SSD is not a bad price.
MS has to use an SSD in Series S or else next gen development will be handicapped. Next gen games will be designed to run on the fast SSD’s in PS5 and Series X, trying to run them on slow standard hard drives would not only create load time issues, it would cause major texture pop-in and frame rate hitches. MS has to use an SSD that is nearly as fast as the one in Series X, they can probably get away with a slightly slower and cheaper SSD, since Series S won’t need to load higher quality “4K textures”, being a 1080p console, but it still needs to be pretty fast. MS will take a loss on Series S if need be to boost next gen market share and get as many people as possible locked into a Gamepass Ultimate subs and digital gaming (which has a higher profit margin for game sales than physical does, since you don’t need to pay retailers a cut of each game sale).
Last edited by shikamaru317 - on 08 March 2020