At this point we haven't heard anything official about production delays related to the pandemic, but fans should prepare for them. A holiday launch could see less than optimal supplies of the console, which would likely result in chaos - not the least of which being excessive eBay hoarding and markups. We could also see a shortage of consoles due to other factors - like sourcing enough components for a such a powerful device.
“You have to set a price target at the beginning for yourselves, and then you kind of roll in as you see the competition come in and you start to do your go-to-market planning,” said Spencer. “I feel good about the price that we’re going to be able to get to. I feel good about the price and the performance capabilities that we have with Series X.”
"We’re getting incredible support from Microsoft. Satya Nadella, the CEO, my boss, Amy Hood, the CFO, they’re very linked in to what our plans are. We’re going to make sure that we stay agile on our pricing and that we have a good plan going into launch.”
Reading that, it seems as though Microsoft is flexible on the price. So far, most rumors put both the PS5 and Xbox Series X between $450 and $549. Perhaps they're willing to sell it on the low end of the spectrum as a loss leader. Hopefully we will find out soon, but Microsoft and Sony are likely waiting to see who will blink first.
GPU - 12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz Custom RDNA 2 GPU
Memory - 16 GB GDDR6 w/ 320mb bus
Internal Storage - 1 TB Custom NVME SSD
Expandable Storage - 1 TB Expansion Card (matches internal storage exactly)
External Storage - USB 3.2 External HDD Support
Optical Drive - 4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive
Performance Target - 4K @ 60 FPS, Up to 120 FPS
When it comes to pure power, the Xbox Series X has the advantage over the PS5. Xbox boss Phil Spencer chimes in once again:
"I felt really good about how [Xbox] Series X lines up... When I saw the public disclosure (of the specs on PS5), I felt even better on the choices we made on our platform," said Spencer, via IGN." I had a lot of confidence in our hardware team. The work that Jason Ronald and the team has done is just fantastic."