Well what was XB1 technically capable of that it didn't do either? Did it have BC at launch? Just because it could, doesn't mean it should. There's always tomorrow. There are plenty of products in all sectors that simply need slight changes or unlocks to allow for full use. People themselves are capable of much more than they typically output. Just depends on what you want to offer vs someone or something else.
When the service will be available on the same family of products and it is technically capable then yes they are just removing that from the baseline to make the more expensive look more valuable. And that is from the consumer friendly company right?
Everything can be anti consumer if you want to look at it that way when it comes to options.
What if XBSS was in a larger form factor with more space like XBSX? Could it not likely have it's performance boosted somewhat? How much more would that really cost MS and couldn't they easily eat that cost?
If I remember correctly, I believe way back, when I suggested a $299 ish, 1080p next gen console, that I said they should make it 1080p only, period. No 4k at all, and for this reason. As soon as they allowed some form of 4k, the question would come up about why not all 4k options?
Thing is, somebody would have questioned why no 4k upscaling anyway, so. I mean how could it not upscale to 4k right? Well where does it stop is the question?