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I do see your point re. always being able to spend just a little more on components, but I genuinely think the performance/spec gap between the 1500X and 1600 is way bigger than the $30 saving. Normally that small a price differential wouldn't deliver something so much better specced.
The thing is that G2A has been trying to get deals like this directly from developers for a while, They want to seem like some big kid on the playground that can influence things. Also if G2A doesn't do this it will without a doubt show that does not have the consumers interests in mind, like they try so hard to seem like they do.
The big point isn't just about the hardware, it's that there will be tiered software. The Xbox 360 refresh and the PS3 slim didn't have anything extra enabled (to the best of my knowledge, or at the very least it wasn't very noticeable) for games to utilize. With PS4 Pro and Scorpio, games look noticeably different (beyond just 4k possibility) than with just PS4 and Xbox One because the developers are allowed to enable better graphics on the higher tiers, and lower graphics for the base tiers.
yes this is a more noticeable change than the previous versions, but it is still just the hardware refresh.
the changes are larger this time as at launch the price of hardware to run at 4k would have pushed the launch price way to high and would have killed sales so both held back rather than cater to a minority at the time with 4k screens.
but in 3 years the hardware prices and the market has changed 4k got more common the hardware to run 4k got way cheaper, so the firms chose to put out 4k, the same as in 2007 after its 2005 launch the 360 finally had HDMI support added.
as for the graphics changes they are roughly the same as using the upscaling on an Nvidia card, some games add a few more particle effects but the difference is still fairly minor.
there will still be a new generation of consoles, it's Sony's biggest money maker and that next generation likely wont see a similar jump unless it comes out running at 4k and there is a jump to 8k early it's life span, that is the only reason it was done this time as there has been a call for 4k support since the PS4 and X1 were announced, so really it's nothing more than a way to do a refresh and know you can sell the same console to the same people again, as why sell something once when you can sell it multiple times? it's pretty much the model the likes of Apple and Samsung have been running on for several years now with phones.
What about PC games that have been releasing on Steam that don't really support mouse and keyboard? We're getting muddy waters!
True, aside from certain classes of titles I usually use my XB1 controller if the game fully supports it.
The motherboard manufacturers should have the kinks ironed out soon enough, but liking your style with the mini rig. I love mini ITX boards and can't wait to see the X300 AM4 boards :)