Crazy GFX coder
The XSS may be 4 TF but is a next-gen GPU inside not to mention the almost exact same components as the XSX. Basically it dance circles around the X1X and PS4 Pro and apart from the resolution there shouldn't be any notaciable difference and if they use DirectML they could potentially bring similar image quality too for a budget.I'm very curious to see how much it sells. From what I remember, hardware makers found that the best price point to sell something was under 300$. That was years ago, so maybe things changed, but it does put the Series S in a good spot.
On the other hand, we're talking about paying 300$ for 4 tflops versus spending 500$ for 12 tflops. Or 25$ for 4, 35$ for 12. The Series S will release and immediately be weaker than the Xbox One X. I tend to save my money and go for a cheaper option, yet I would still prefer to pay the extra 200$ as the Series S seems like a strange choice for a brand new console.
I don't have any prediction for this, it just seems like a big question mark. 300$ is easy access to the games which will be released for the next 6 years, but if you're gonna buy a console that you'll keep for that long, it seems likely that you'll either go for the 500$ model, or do the 2-year 35$ deal.
I could see their intention being to reach people who stuck with the old, original Xbox One model with this 300$ model. And reach XOX users with the Series X model. I do wonder if early adopters will actually be willing to buy a 300$ console, as I would expect early adopters to be the same kind of people who buy a 500$ console instead.
It's worth a shot either way. The only way I can see this being a mistake is if they only sell 5 copies and decide to stop supporting it. Doubtful tho.
The strange thing I noticed is that for some reason the console attracts people that I never thought would ever think about buying an Xbox console. For example, most of my friends are ponies, and some of them are even working for Sony for free, doing everything they can to make sure people choose a Playstation console over an Xbox (for real) at their stores. The same people are now talking about buying a PS5 and an XSS. Also many casuals here at work are talking about getting a XSS and the past days is the #1 topic during breaks.
The only ones I have seen talking about getting a XSX are some Xbox fans and the usual hardcore ones. I would get a XSX myself if I decided to get one but this time around neither Sony or Microsoft have anything that makes me want their consoles.
I'm also very interested to see how it turn out but I believe the XSS is going to sell quite a lot. However, since MS don't release numbers I guess is going to be hard to say.