With the new Xbox Series X been revealed and PS5 coming out in holidays 2020, both of which packing major horsepower under the hood, one has to wonder just how much these next gen consoles will be at launch? And how much is too much?
In an age where people have no issues buying $300 – $1,000 phones every single year, it always amuses me when I hear folks talk about how they won’t go beyond $399 for a console that comes out once every 4 to 5 years. With the Xbox Series X confirmed to have:
- CPU: 8-core targeting around 3.5 GHz.
- GPU: Xbox Series X GPU and custom processor.
- Compute Power: 12 TFLOPS.
- RAM: 13 GB for games, 3 GB for operating system (16 GB total).
- Storage: Custom non-volatile memory express solid-state storage (NVMe SSD),
and the PS5 probably matching that power, give or take, it’s really interesting to see how these consoles are slowly becoming mid-high tier PC’s. What’s even more interesting is how the gaming community continues to expect these consoles to remain the same $399-$499 price ranges regardless of the power being put into these consoles.
To be completely honest, I don’t think these consoles are going to be $399, if I’m being realistic of a second, I’m estimating a $599 for the normal standard build of both these gaming consoles if they’re really aiming for a native 4K/60FPS gaming experience . People often forget that gaming is an expensive luxury and powerful techs aren’t cheap. Not to mention that with SSD now in the mix, these things can’t be that cheap, unless they cut some fundamental corners, the speed is a lie and 4K/60FPS is also a lie. Then again miracles do happen.
Is the $599 price tag high? Yeah, but considering the techs that are being put into these machines, I’d be really surprised if they sold them at anything less that $599. Maybe $499, but that’s a maybe in my books. Let me know what you guys think?