Price is always a major determining factor for a lot of people when it comes to new tech. Particularly for console hardware, price is essential for early adopters. Some folks will purchase regardless, but I’d say most have to consider price above most other factors.
Project Scorpio was unveiled at E3 2016 earlier this year. One of the last big unknowns for the upcoming console is its price. Release date surely is important, but that won’t have much impact on people buying or not.
Microsoft is keeping the price of Project Scorpio under wraps until sometime next year. Myself and many others believe they’ll announce Project Scorpio’s price at E3 2016. Xbox executive Phil Spencer spoke about Project Scorpio’s balance as well as where he wants its price to be.
“When you talk to me about Scorpio, the term I use about the architecture isn’t the six teraflops which is obviously what we’ve announced, it’s balance. Really what it is, is you want a platform that is balanced between memory bandwidth, GPU power, you know, your ability to move memory and [an] amount of memory around in many ways is more inhibiting to the performance of your game than absolute teraflops on any one of the individual pieces, and when we designed Scorpio we really thought about this balanced rig that could come together at a price-point.
“Like, I want Scorpio to be at a console price-point, I’m not trying to go and compete with a high-end rig. And because we’re building one spec, we’re able to look at the balance between all the components and make sure that it’s something we really hit that matters to consumers and gamers,” Spencer told AusGamers.
PS4 Pro made its debut at $399. While it is a somewhat underpowered system, that is still an excellent price for Pro. Microsoft is hinting that Project Scorpio’s price may be a bit higher because of its tech. However, they’ll have to think very carefully about how a higher price will impact buyers. They already learned that lesson the hard way with Xbox One’s original launch.
Where do you expect to see Project Scorpio’s price at, $399 or $499? What is your cut off for buying the new system? Microsoft will be sharing more about its new tech next year before it releases during holiday 2017. Stick around here at We Write Things for more on Xbox.