The upcoming Project Scorpio by Microsoft will feel like a ‘Premium Console’ but won’t have an insane price, according to Microsoft’s Phil Spencer.
In an interview during the launch of Forza Horizon 3 on Xbox One, Spencer talked about 4K streaming and the upcoming Project Scorpio.
Project Scorpio to be Under $600 USD
Sony’s decision to launch the more powerful Playstation 4 – PS4 Pro – for $399 USD raised a few questions regarding Microsoft’s Xbox Scorpio, supposed faster components, and most importantly; its price.
Firstly, coming to Project Scorpio price; although Spencer did not provide a fixed amount, he did hint that the price of upcoming console will be somewhere near the price of Xbox One S and earlier video game consoles.
So you can see the price of the S today. When we designed both of these, which we kind of designed it in parallel. We thought about the price performance of what we wanted to hit with the Scorpio, relative to what we were going to be able to do with the S.
So that we would have a good price continuum, so people wouldn’t look at these two things as so disconnected because of the price delta. So I think you will feel like it’s a premium product, a premium console. And not something, anything more than that.
So I wouldn’t get people worried that this thing is going to be unlike any console price you’ve ever seen. We didn’t design it that way. That said, the opening price point for the Xbox One S, and the different hard drive sizes that is a critical part of this whole product. When I think about it as a product line, you should expect the pricing to kind of be in line with that.
When Sony’s Playstation 3 launched back in 2006, the 20GB SKU costed $499 USD and the 60GB SKU costed $599 USD. Keeping this in view, I think it is safe to assume that Sony is targeting something below $600 USD.
Speaking of 4K drive on Xbox One S, Spencer said that it was included to consider users who do not have the best internet connections in the world to stream 4K content.
But I think we’ve been conscious that not everybody lives in a bandwidth happy, uncapped world.
When asked whether Project Scorpio will also include a 4K drive or not, Spencer said that it remained to be seen.
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