Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox Scorpio is a magnificent display of hardware and technology. However, the company wants its loyal consumer-base to see it simply as a premium product, not anything beyond that.
In a recent interview with NZ Gamer, Xbox boss Phil Spencer was asked to comment on the possible price point of the upcoming Xbox console upgrade.
Spencer noted that there’s no denying the fact that Xbox Scorpio is a premium console. It’s only natural to expect that a premium console is going to arrive with a hefty premium price tag. Spencer doesn’t want you to worry about that.
According to the head of the Xbox brand, pricing for Xbox Scorpio will be in line with the Xbox One S pricing. Xbox Scorpio is a unique take on home entertainment system but people shouldn’t worry too much about its price being unlike any other console.
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.
That’s reassuring to hear. Industry analysts are confident that Microsoft is going to slap Xbox Scorpio with a price point between $300-350. Anything above and it would work against the company, a history lesson to be taken away from the initial Xbox One unveiling at E3.
Xbox Scorpio is confirmed for release in fall 2017. In contrast, Sony is already preparing the launch for its PlayStation 4 Pro this fall. This gives Sony a year-long start before Microsoft is able to enter the market with its console upgrade. That being said, raw specifications already put Xbox Scorpio over the PS4 Pro. Microsoft is promising true native 4K output for all of its upcoming first-party titles.