I think some are putting to much stock on sony getting greedy and overconfident and thinking they will have a crazzy price disparity. Or MS willing to eat a giant loss per box. Thouse kind of things just dont happen anymore. I expect both to eat a small loss. Like if it cost $520 to make, ship and all that they would round down to $500. Or the nearest $50.
But there are rumors going around that one is cheaper than the other. If MS console is the expensive one to make I do believe they will eat the loss to match the ps5, but I really dont think they will go beyond. If its sony thats the most expensive, I see them taking a small loss and they will most likely anounce first so then MS will have a chance to undercut them a bit.But I dont see a $100 cut like some are sugesting. I could even see the same price but bundle in gamepass for a few months.
Just fans being fans.
MS is a business. And Xbox as a division cannot be losing money forever. But if you listen to fans, you would be forgiven to think that MS is running charity ith the Xbox.
Gamepass, will be losing them money. Until they at least have up to like 30M subscribers to the service. And I am not talking about the people that pay for like two months, play all they can or want to play then unsub for the next 3-6 months, then when next there are a number f games they want to play, sub again for another two to three months. Which is how a lot of people will use the service. I am talking about full-time subscribers. The service, and services like that, are typically loss leading. Heavily. For it to grow, it has to get a lot more than older titles and first-party titles, it has to get the big third-party titles to. And that will cost money. Lots of it.
MS can't afford to lose too much money on hardware either. They have two SKUs coming out and are primed to be losing on both a $499 XSX and a $299 XSS. But they have a platform that doesn't even encourage people to actually pay for games. So where are the profits going to be coming from??
Sony is in with regards to all of the above, at least in a better position. But even they can't afford to lose too much on hardware. But we can at least see why they are doing certain things. A digital PS5 means that hey stand to make more from anyone that owns that SKU, and actual game sales will remain their bread and butter. Granted, if MS has a digital SKU this applies to them too, but its not the same when MS is running service that basically is saying, "hey, you don't have to buy games". They are also making the DS mandatory for PS5 games, which means they at least stand to make more from peripheral sales than MS would.
Either way, neither company can afford to be throwing money away.