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Microsoft has received a fair bit of praise over the last few days over its approach to next-gen pricing. While the Xbox Series X is a surprisingly reasonable £429 in the UK, it's the cheaper Xbox Series S that really got people talking.
Releasing November 10th alongside the Series X, the Xbox Series S costs £250 and is being billed a a more affordable next-gen experience for those who aren't entirely fussed about meatier specs. The console will feature 7.5GB of usable RAM, around 4 teraflops of GPU performance, and will launch with the same CPU found on the Xbox Series X. For comparison, the Xbox Series X is confirmed to be packing 16GB RAM and 12 teraflops of GPU performance. It's clearly a weaker bit of hardware then, but that's reflected in the price.
Unfortunately, not everyone is convinced that there's a market for a next-gen alternative that's a little lighter in terms of specs. In fact, it turns out Sony had been considering releasing a lower-specs PlayStation 5 console until research led to them to the conclusion that it would quickly becoming obsolete.
"The first thing I would like to say is that I respect every competitor's decision and their philosophies," Ryan stressed. "Clearly, price is a very important factor. We respect other companies' competitive strategies. However, we are fully committed to and believe in our current strategy and the effect it will have.
"One thing that can be said is that if you look at the history of the game business, creating a special low priced, reduced spec console is something that has not had great results in the past. We've considered that option and seen other executives who have attempted this discover how problematic it is."
He added that Sony's research shows that people who buy a console want to use it between four to seven years, and want to know they've purchased something that is "future-proofed" and "not going to be "outdated in two-to-three years."
Ryan finished: "They want to have faith that if they end up buying a new TV that their current console will be able to support that new 4K TV they are considering on buying."
Sony will release two PlayStation 5 models in the UK on November 19th. The standard edition will cost £449, while the all-digital edition comes in at a slightly cheaper £359. The only difference between these models is that the standard edition has a 4K UHD Blu-Ray drive for playing discs. Aside from only being able to run digital games, the digital PS5 is exactly the same as it counterpart in terms of hardware specs.
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