The world has been having a few supplies issues recently. Confined people have also been buying consoles. And the X was recently on deep discount, making it a really good deal. My guess would be it’s a temporary stock blip.
Even when Series X comes out, the One X will still be on sale.
If you say so, I guess I believe that the system is technically capable, but it really doesn’t seem to be my experience. Perhaps it’s on a per-game basis. I’ve been playing a lot of No Man’s Sky the last few months and there has been several updates. Every time, I wake the PS4 from ‘sleep’ mode (not full shutdown), and go to launch NMS and it tells me it needs to download a multi-gig update, even when the update has been out for a few days. Just the other day, I bought The Sinking City, and had to wait for it to completely finish (35 gigs, if I remember correctly) before I could start.
Contrast this with the Xbone, when I wake it up and click ‘My Games and Apps’, it’s sorted by recently updated, and there is always something in the last few days- often a game I haven’t played in months. I’ve never had to wait for an update that I can remember. Last week I grabbed the free WH40k Inquisitor, and was playing in less than 5 minutes at 25-30% downloaded.
If it’s a ps+ feature, that would be super annoying. MS was (rightfully) pilloried for being consumer unfriendly at the start of this cycle, but have made huge strides in that department. One could argue that being the underdog, they had to. But man, Sony is just taking the cake here (see, for example, the cloud saves thing upthread).
EDIT: So I just went looking. Under Settings>Power Save>Rest Mode, ‘Stay connected to the Internet’ is checked, which says it can download update files and content, and upload saved data. Under System>Automatic Downloads>Application Update Files, it says I can automatically download update files while the unit is on, and PS+ members can download files in rest mode. Fuckers.
If you sign in to PSN on a friend’s PlayStation system, you can pick up from the last save on your online storage. Don’t forget to manually upload your saves as they won’t upload automatically from your friend’s PlayStation system.