Microsoft unveiled Project Scorpio specs last week and it guaranteed that the console would be pushing native 4k after all. The console has pretty beefy specs that Microsoft have confirmed will run games (probably not all third-party titles) at a native 4k resolution. Forza Horizon 3 was showcased running at a solid and stunning 4k 60fps on the console.
There is still no news from Microsoft about the pricing of the console but there is a lot of speculation that it is going to be priced at around $599 since it is a suitable range for consumers. With an analyst even going on to say that it would be great value for money at $500. But another industry analyst thinks the price might be much higher
“I estimate the basic hardware will cost around $650, so if Microsoft wants any kind of margin at all, Scorpio will have to retail for $700 or more. If you look at the Alienware Aurora, which is a solid VR-ready PC, that currently costs about $1,000. I think Scorpio will come in below that, but how much below is unknowable at this point”, that’s what IDC’s Lewis Ward had to say.
For a console that is aimed at buyers that are trying to refrain from spending big bucks on a 4k capable gaming PC, this is a really shocking price. Most people were expecting the console to be retailed at a maximum of $600 but the recent spec reveal might change that thought. As the analyst predicts, the hardware is going to be pretty expensive since the console aims to push native 4k resolution while also maintaining a stable framerate.
We will need to wait until E3 2017 to find out what the exact price of Project Scorpio is going to be . The last thing Microsoft would want is an overpriced console that does not hit it’s target audience effectively. Let’s see how the new console in the Xbox lineup will do against Sony’s PS4 Pro.