But they could lock it down to a Game Pass only option and you get the Console free, much like a Sky+ box model, just see this as far too restricted of a POV to grow your markeplace as fast as possible as you leave money on the table, a great deal IMOP.
I can't see them giving the console for free even with a subscription. Maybe for a smaller amount though.
Though they'd then have to do something to make sure people don't just stop paying. Guess they could ban them from Xbox Live, but I am not sure that would be enough!
A disc drive these days are around 20 bucks. So Sony is going to eat the other 80 bucks per unit sold? I don't buy this notion. The more likely scenario is both are the same price with the digital version having more hard drive space or it being 50 bucks cheaper than the PS5
The key with the digital edition is that is mostly locks people into buying games from Sony (I say mostly because you can get digital codes and PSN wallet top ups elsewhere). That is a massive deal and could easily be worth $100 plus over the course of the systems life.