Well "entitlement" brought you the no-DRM XB1, right?
I don't think the argument is weighted on the feelings of those that would think it's unfair. Just the point that right or wrong it might make trying to sell new $500 iterative hard pretty hard, and that's the reason why it won't work. There's a reason gamers shell out a lot of cash for buggy systems with no games at launch, and it's mostly due to the console lifecycle. Shorten it and you're not going to get the same build up of demand or hype for the products. You undercut the very reason to release new hardware so fast in the first place as you absolutely need to make nice profit margins on the hardware if you;re revising hardware that quick. You surely won't make it up on software licensing and dev fee's.
I just don't think the market is large enough or broad enough to bare those types of iterative updates. It hasn't in the past, and I don't see whats changed going forward.
I would expect the upgraded version to have a very healthy profit margin, because it doesn't have to compete on price. It can be a premium product and priced accordingly. I don't expect them to abandon or marginalize the original spec in any way, it would still probably sell quite a bit more. It doesn't matter how expensive it is, because it's not designed to appeal to the cost conscious mass market.
Edited by bd2003 - 1/4/14 at 8:56pm