The emergence of the mid-generation console upgrade has been a fascinating series of events to witness. How both Microsoft and Sony decided to reveal and announce these machines was different. How both companies will launch Project Scorpio and PS4 Pro, respectively, will also be different.
PS4 Pro is only a matter of days away from launching worldwide, however, gamers know the system will be underpowered compared to Project Scorpio. From a power standpoint, there isn’t much Sony can do right now to try and top Microsoft’s upcoming console.
Some of you may be wondering why exactly Sony decided to release the PS4 Pro this fall, instead of trying to hold off a bit longer. Michael Goodman, who is the director of digital media strategies at Strategy Analytics, spoke about why Sony needed to get the PS4 Pro out this holiday season instead of waiting any longer.
“Sony had to get the jump on [Microsoft]. If they come into the marketplace at the same time Scorpio does, as it is, you’ve lost the spec battle. The more I think about it, the more I believe it was absolutely brilliant what Microsoft did in their announcement. There’s nothing that Sony can do or say that Scorpio is not more powerful,” Goodman said.
The ultimate trump card that PS4 has been playing against Xbox One thus far has been power. However, the holder of that card is going to be changing when Project Scorpio launches next year. Given what we know now, there isn’t much that is making Project Scorpio look like an undesirable piece of tech.
“When they release [Project Scorpio], I’m sure there will be some warts you can pick on. Right now they have this specter of a console coming out, where we only know a small piece of what Microsoft has told us, but that piece is darn good. If they told us the system was going to cost $700, then Sony could do something to market against that. There’s a lower cost alternative, but that’s not the case,” Goodman said.
There is only one thing that seems to be the issue that could undo Microsoft and that is Project Scorpio’s price. Unless Microsoft finds a new way to make life harder on themselves, price seems to be the only thing standing in the way of Project Scorpio gaining a firm and indefinite handle on the console market.
“The only thing I can see [Microsoft] doing wrong is the price point. I don’t see them going down the DRM route. They usually don’t make the same mistake twice. They find new ones to make, they’re good at that, but they don’t make the same mistake twice.
“Whatever potholes they stepped into the first time, I don’t think they’re going to do that again. The only thing they could do is price themselves out of the market. [Microsoft] doesn’t have to announce that for quite sometime,” Goodman said.
Gamers will likely find out the price of Project Scorpio during E3 2017 this coming June. Until then, PS4 Pro will launch on Nov. 10, while Project Scorpio launches holiday 2017. Stick around here at We Write Things for more on Project Scorpio.
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