That $300 Xbox was definitely a giant curveball (Gaming)

by Vortech @, A Fourth Wheel, Friday, September 18, 2020, 13:12 (39 days ago) @ Cody Miller

They are (eventually) getting my money. It's very fortunate there is a way around this super bullshit price gouge for a disc drive. Money is just money. But hey, they want to overcharge for a disc drive?

I mean the other way to look at it is that they priced the PS5 the same as the Xbox, and gave a far more than justified 100 dollar discount for removing the disk drive, eating way into their profit (loss) margin on the console. Presumably someone inside made the argument that they will make more in the long tail from digital games sales then disc, but I think it was much more about having something within striking distance of the Xbox S's price point come holiday. I don't know how much the drive itself will change the overall market for physical/digital games (I suspect not much and they people are switching to digital for convenience factors anyway), but if it has a large effect, then prepare for used games to retain their value more.

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