Microsoft has said a lot about the price of the Xbox One Scorpio, although have yet to announce a final number. Now it seems the console may not be as expensive as some initially thought.
Microsoft said in the past that the Xbox One Scorpio is a premium product that is likely to have a price point that will reflect it. They also said it will cost more than the current Xbox One S console.
During an interview with AusGamers, Phil Spencer has hinted more about the price that they want to have for the Scorpio. He said: “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“.
We do know that the PS4 Pro costs $399 and the original Xbox One (with Kinect) launched at $499. It’s safe to assume the Scorpio could be priced around that region. The most expensive it might cost could be $449.99.
Microsoft might not want to sell it at $599 because this will not be competitive with the PS4 Pro. Selling it at a more expensive price might scare off more potential buyers. We just have to look at the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift to know that high price items don’t encourage the majority of people to rush out and buy it.
We’re not likely to get specific details about the console until next year. Microsoft is touting that it will be more powerful than the PS4 Pro and unlike Sony’s console, it might also have the ability to play UHD Blu-ray discs.