This gen is not different. The hardware doesn't change what people are willing to pay. If it did, everyone would have high-end PCs. Let me put it this way. Nobody is going to spend an extra $100 because it has GDDR6. Nobody. The fact that it has a SSD doesn’t matter if it is priced too high. If Sony built a console too expensive for the market, that is Sony’s problem, not the market’s (a lesson Sony learned on PS3). People will pay what they pay. The tech doesn’t matter. For a $500 console, Sony has to do something nobody has ever done, convince people to spend $500 on a console. And you don’t do that by touting specs. Maybe this is the gen people buy $500 consoles, but "muh SSD" is not going to be why. It’s just not something that drives sales. Anyone who wants to sacrifice for more power can build a PC, and lots of people do.
PS3 was 2006, though
I don’t get why this keeps getting recycled.