Microsoft has revealed the specs for its upcoming console, Project Scorpio, which at the time of its launch will be the most powerful console with 6 TFLOPs of power and will be able to play games at native 4K. However, to be able to run the game at 4K/60 FPS the console requires some high-end components and there is no shortage of high-end components in Project Scorpio.
However, Microsoft is yet to reveal the price for its upcoming most powerful console and on the other hand, gamers who are interested in the console are skeptical about it and there are reasons for that. The first reason for gamers are skeptical about the game is, according to the specs for Project Scorpio, is the processor, which is the modified version of Jaguar processor used in Xbox One.
Taking the example of PS4 Pro, which has twice the graphical capabilities compared to the basic PS4, in some cases the games on PS4 Pro are bottlenecked due to the processor being the slightly modified version of basic PS4’s processor. Those who are aware of the situation are quite skeptical about Project Scorpio as its processor could potentially bottleneck its 6 TFLOPs GPU which might present some problems.
The other reason for gamers to be skeptical about the Scorpio is its price. Obviously, a console which is capable of running games at native 4K will be quite expensive compared to the basic Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Gamers are worried that Microsoft might not be able to price the console reasonably. On the other hand, PS4 Pro is available for $399 and this is why Microsoft might lose some potential customers if the Project Scorpio is priced way more than $399. According to speculations, the price for Project Scorpio will be somewhere near $500.
Another reason for the gamers to be skeptical about Project Scorpio is its game line-up and comparing to PS4’s line-up Microsoft has been stalling behind. If we look at PS4’s game lineup we have Uncharted 4, Horizon Zero Dawn, The Last Guardian, Nioh, NieR Automata and more which are already available, game like Days Gone, Uncharted The Lost Legacy, God Of War, Death Stranding, Knack 2, Gran Turismo Sport and more are the upcoming ones.
However, when we talk about Microsoft’s game lineup, games like Gears Of War, Forza series, Halo, and the canceled Scalebound comes into mind, and for the games that are yet to come are Cuphead, Crackdown 3, Sea Of Thieves and the rest are yet to be announced or revealed. Compared to PS4’s game lineup Xbox One’s lineup is not that impressive.
Microsoft can counter this by competitively pricing Project Scorpio. The logic behind this is very simple, Scorpio is releasing and will be competing with PS4 Pro and as I mentioned earlier it is priced at $399. If Microsoft is able to price Scorpio competitively then the console might have a chance as gamers would prefer a powerful console able to run games at native 4K over a console that upscales its games to 4K.
According to analysts, Microsoft has the upper hand in terms of power and specs of its upcoming console but, its price will be the only factor that will cause its demise. According to Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter, it would be a suicide for Microsoft decides that the price for the console will be more than $399.
Well, I think Microsoft would commit suicide if it was more than $399. And the problem they will face is if they launched it at $399, the PS4 Pro might discount to $349 in the same week. So I’d be really surprised if the Scorpio was more than $399.
Competitive pricing is the only way for Microsoft to counter the skepticism about Project Scorpio or a robust game lineup of first party titles and not the ports of the Xbox One games but newer titles and given the situation of 2017 Xbox One game lineup it is very unlikely that Microsoft will be able to pull that off through its games.
What are your thoughts on this whole situation? Do you think Microsoft will price the console competitively or will be able to turn the tables at E3 2017 with games? Let us know in the comments.