How Much Will Microsoft’s Premium Xbox Project Scorpio Cost?

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How Much Will Microsoft’s Premium Xbox Project Scorpio Cost?
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The gaming world is abuzz with Microsoft’s upcoming Project Scorpio, the world’s most powerful gaming console. The Redmond-based company teased the console at E3 last year, and listed on its official store earlier this month. Project Scorpio’s 4K capabilities, virtual reality support, and powerhouse performance may attract a lot of customers. But what could deter potential buyers is its price.

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It may cost around $700

Last month, Xbox chief Phil Spencer said in an episode of IGN’s Unlocked podcast that Scorpio won’t be for everyone. It’s a console designed with a premium look and feel, so you can expect it to have a premium price tag. The console is aimed at people who buy the most games and spend the most hours. The fact that Phil Spencer expects the current Xbox One S to sell better than Project Scorpio suggests that it will be out of the reach of most gamers.

Microsoft hasn’t officially announced its price, but some experts have tried to come up with an estimated price tag based on its rumored features and specs. Recently, sources familiar with the matter told Windows Central that the Scorpio would offer native 4K gameplay and streaming. HD Report speculates that such an advanced technology would alone push the console’s price to $400.

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HD Report says it is safe to assume that Project Scorpio would be more expensive than Sony’s PS4 Pro, which retails for $399. Scorpio will be far more powerful than Sony’s console. The publication says the PC equivalent of PS4 Pro costs nearly $700. And Scorpio’s PC equivalent is estimated to retail for about $1,500, indicating that Scorpio could cost at least $700.

Project Scorpio features and specs

Scorpio will have an eight-core processor and a graphics card with six teraflops of processing power. The device is said to have 320GB/second of memory bandwidth. Sources confirmed to Windows Central earlier this month that the new console would have an internal power supply unit. Scorpio would feature 4K 60fps video capture. It is said to have the same HEVC and VP9 codecs for 4K streams as the Xbox One S.

Microsoft announced earlier this month that it would bring mixed reality content to Project Scorpio and Xbox One in 2018. The company is expected to provide more details about its MR plans at the Build conference in May. Mixed reality is different from virtual reality in the sense that it involves scanning a real-life object and putting it into virtual reality. The console will also support high-fidelity VR.

Microsoft updating first-party titles for Scorpio

Microsoft’s next-gen gaming console will be fully compatible with existing Xbox One games. During a Q&A session, Phil Spencer reiterated the importance of first-party games for Project Scorpio launch. However, it is not yet clear whether there will be any exclusive titles for Scorpio. A Microsoft spokesperson recently said it was “up to developers” to decide whether they want to make exclusive titles for Scorpio.

Spencer said having first-party games “ready for Scorpio is critical.” It makes sense for the software giant to update its first-party titles to take full advantage of Project Scorpio’s capabilities. Third-party games from Electronic Arts and Bethesda are also expected to be updated for Scorpio, considering the Scorpio announcement trailer released at E3 2016 featured developers from these companies.

Will Project Scorpio launch in November?

Besides supporting existing Xbox One games, Scorpio will also support the existing accessories and controllers. Microsoft is expected to announce the next-gen console at the E3 event. However, Phil Spencer recently signaled that there might be a special event dedicated to Scorpio before E3. Spencer said Microsoft has traditionally kept its E3 show for software, so it wouldn’t want the hardware to steal all the limelight from software at the event.

The Redmond company is likely to announce the console at a special event, and then discuss it further at E3. Microsoft hasn’t yet announced a release date for the console. All we know at this point is that it will hit the stores ahead of the holiday shopping season. The company has launched its previous consoles around November. Unless there is an unexpected delay, Microsoft is likely to bring the console in or around November this year.

Earlier this month, Microsoft put the product on its official store. The product listing does not provide any new details, but it has a signup box where you can enter your email address to receive an update when Project Scorpio becomes available.

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  1. I don’t think it will be that much, 499 to 599, but it all boils down to the cost to build and that depends on the specs we don’t know. The better the specs the higher the price can be. As for the Hard Drive, I know that SSD don’t give fast enough recall speed or the extra price that it cost, it just don’t average out. Then you have how the SSD operates buy bit, open or closed, 0 or 1 but SSD bit slots can burn out and unlike a HDD there is no wipe or repair that can be done to regain that data, however the software for the SSD can ignore that damaged section, writing around it. Damage to SSD drive comes from power surges over use, even humidity and often SSDs can be temperamental, I learned that the hard way. Knowing hardware like I do, I know that SSD drives are best for data that will never be changed and HDD work best for data the changes allot, basically saying that if I could in a console I would do as I do with my computers. I put SSD and HDD drives in them, SSD for OS and permit data, and the HDD for things like downloads movies or vides I am doing or things I am working on basically anything that will be changed. I know that doing that is not practical in a Console (at least not yet). Now if I went with cost, efficiency and practicality, I would have to go with a Hybrid. Hybrid drives are best used with large HDD and smaller SSD, this is normally used as one drive and works best to get fast recall on recent data saved but once again the life span of these drives can be shorter than HDD depending on use but cost more. However I have seen some really good Hybrid drives that have a TB of each (or even GB of each), and the drivers that treat them like 2 drive rather than one like normal hybrid drives. Military has used several different kinds of hybrids (my background) determining which is better for which purpose, I project Scorpio is going to be a “premium console” as we where told, then a hybrid would be the most likely pick, once again not exactly what I would do but it fits what we know so far. If the do use a SSD then we will see the decline of the storage capacity of gamers who play allot fist (such as myself retired and paralyzed) as the SSD drivers compensate for the lost bits. At first this is not an issue, on or 100 bits out of TBs of info is easily replaced and worked around, it is when your missing GB of data that it becomes an issue. As my hard learned lesson about what SSD can do and cant do I had critical SSD failure when the drives hit about 12% lost, please note this was hundreds of thousands rewrites of the drives to hit that failure and the conditions where less than idea for actual test however the HDDs that we used handled the rewrites better in the same conditions.

    As for the super quiet cooling, I cant agree more. The better the cooling the better everything works, server rooms are basically refrigerated and I keep it 60f in my home to help the hardware I have. Now if they use an 8 core as they are saying and your Ryzen from AMD they have to use an Ryzen 7 and all of those have more power than needed even at their normal speed with out the boost they all have when they need more power and they are cooled. I hope they do but in the area of hardware most people see them using it because they always used AMD, they where mentioned in the demo of Ryzen and Ryzen 7 is the 8 only series. As for noise the quieter the better, but there will always be a hum and the more tech you though into something vs the smaller space vs the PSU (Power supply) being inside the more cooling you will need so the more cooling the more Nosie unless they go really high tech, like liquid cooling. There are other options but this is more than to long.

  2. sega saturn and the phillips/ panasonic/ goldstar 3DO both were priced in the $700-$750 range when launched….im sure MS knows that.

  3. At $700 it better have a SSD and super quiet cooling. I have no problem with a premium console for a premium price, but at that price it needs to be built to last and quiet.

  4. Everyone is talking about the cost, we don’t know the specs yet to know if the cost is worth the upgrade, although I am sure it is. I don’t think the price will be 700 but between 499 to 599 anything more than that would be a mistake unless the specs are really good, gddr5x ram cost a lot more than gddr5 but if you add enough they do the same basic thing, even though gddr5x ram can run at 8n or 16n (being 32 or 64 bits per pin) having that adaptability if using something like Ryzen would be a really good thing. Because Ryzen runs faster and at normal speed depending on power needs vs heat, but throughing in ram that can adjust as well would be, well amazing for a console. There are other aspects to a console’s cost that people don’t think about but most consoles are sold for cost or just below, because console devs don’t make their profits based on how many consoles they sell, but in how many use things like online subscriptions, digital downloads and a few other odds and ends.

    Would Project Scorpio be worth 700 maybe with the right specs but I don’t see it being that high, maybe after I see the hardware specs I could make an educated guess based on the hardware and labor cost to make the console. Right now, with most everything pertaining to Project Scorpio, we are playing the wait and see game.

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