SW, do you guys think we'd have the "Base" and "Pro" versions of the PS5/XB2 next gen out of the gate or at least very close to the release window like a "Pro" version even if the "Base" model came out only a year earlier?
I'm thinking they might make more profit this way if they can cater to some of the current Pro/X markets asap or even more profit from the super snob effect market by making the difference even more expensive early on, say base is $ 399/499 and the PS5 Pro/XBX2 = $ 599/699.
Cannibalization would be negligible as long as the projected profit is much higher.
This doesn't even have to stop the console makers from making an "Ultra Premium Console" as its "mid gen refresh" if they wanted to.
By the end of the gen, most AAA devs should probably be much more used to this kind of landscape too. Base PS4 games still look ok specially with 1st party titles.
I recently made a poll about TLoU 2 on how it might be fake/too scripted and some even already accept such downgrades as a norm.
Sony and MS can just show all "gameplay trailers" on these more premium machines. Then again, this could just be a moving target. No one's stopping them from using souped up dev kits or the future "Ultra Premium Console" even if we have the "Pro" versions out of the gate.
I guess this could be hard for those with crab mentality from the same camp even if it's just the choice between 2 machines but is it worth appeasing them compared to squeezing the premium market asap; the ones that are buying the Pros/1Xs today?