With the Coronavirus stuff still going on and having a major impact on today’s economy, Sony had their PlayStation 5 reveal yesterday, and early reviews of the console’s design aren’t looking good at all. This morning, Sony announced that you can now pre-order your PlayStation 5 console … for $699 (USD). From a personal perspective, that’s a super high price for a game console that you’re most likely paying for the SSD drive technology than anything else. But, hey … this isn’t about the PlayStation 5.
On one hand, that worries me, because Xbox has its own SSD, plus it will have removable “memory card like” devices that are also SSD based, and Xbox Series X could have relatively similar pricing. But at the same time, I’ve seen somewhere (I can’t remember where right now) that the Xbox Series X will be cheaper by at least $100. This is much similar to the PS4 vs. Xbox One release in 2013 where the PS4 was $100 less.
Please be advised that as of this writing, there is no guarantee on a price for the Xbox Series X at this point, and it’s unlikely that we’ll have an answer in July. Also, there is still a distinct possibility of a second “all-digital” console (or a “Series S” console*) that will be revealed at the same time (if not later). There are no details on any of that right now, but that also may be due to Project xCloud which will also be available on Xbox One.
Project xCloud is Microsoft’s Cloud Gaming service which will allow gaming to be possible on other devices like your mobile phone or Windows 10 PC. This might also explain why Microsoft’s Console Companion app for Windows 10 is also being discontinued at a later date to be replaced by the new Xbox app.
The Xbox One X was released 1 year after the One S model. As you may remember, the “One X” handles 4K UHD gaming where the “One S” only supports HDR gaming, however both consoles support 4K video streaming (like Netflix, for example) and 4K blu-ray movies. So, even though there’s roughly 5 months before the release of the Xbox Series X, anything can happen. Be sure to keep checking back with The Xbox Universe with further developments!