Xbox’s director of hardware David Prien recently asked Twitter why people wanted to know upcoming console specs so far in advance of their release and he actually got some decent replies.
Serious question, not looking for toxicity or box wars. Why do people want to know specs of anything so far in advance? Will it change what you buy since it will be same day of launch? To me it’s like movie spoilers I don’t want to know until I buy my movie ticket.
Turns out, the majority of responders just want to be able to plan their spending and knowing the numbers helps them feel certain they’ve made the right choice on an expensive purchase. Although, the likelihood of someone swapping to PlayStation when their entire gaming history has been with Xbox, up to this point, is probably pretty slim, regardless of which console ends up having the “best” specs.
Other people are just excited tech fans who would be just as eager to learn the specs of the latest version of whatever car, cattle prod, or combine harvester they’re into, because that’s their idea of fun. Which is fine.
What’s not fine, is randos getting mad at Prien for not telling them the specs.
Nah I love the community, never turn away from it, here to help answer any questions I can about industry, just hard sometimes when walking at CES and people get mad I won’t tell them specs. Literally walk away calling me an Asshole.
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