Thanks to Microsoft’s recent reveal of its Xbox Project Scorpio specs, it’s now clear that the rumors prior to the announcement were correct. The Scorpio will indeed be more powerful than the Xbox One S, and also the current powerhouse that is the PS4 Pro. Meaning, that some now believe, Sony’s days of dominating the console gaming world could soon be over. After all, if Microsoft’s next games machine is that good, why would anyone want a Playstation?
Xbox Project Scorpio Vs. PS4 Pro
A question with an easy answer, you would be wrong for looking at it that way. Yes, Scorpio will be the undisputed king of performance power. However, is that all that matters? The answer is No, and if you want proof, just look at past failed gaming machines, such as the Atari Jaguar, Sega Saturn, Dreamcast and others. The following are the reasons why we and others think Sony’s PS4 Pro, will see off the challenge of Xbox Project Scorpio.
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Scorpio Asking Price
Whether your machine is unique, or the most powerful, the important metric first considered by consumers is cost. So, the fact, that Microsoft‘s Phil Spencer has repeatedly referred to Scorpio as a premium device, could be enough to scare people away. In fact, the price according to industry insiders could reach as high as $500 USD. Meaning it would be the most expensive stand-alone console on the market.
However, in its favor, consumers have long been accustomed to paying higher prices for perceived superior technology. You only have to look to Apple and its iPhones for proof that $500 for the best may not be too much to ask.
Now, it is worth noting that when the Xbox One first launched it cost $500, although it was bundled with the Kinect. As for Xbox Project Scorpio, it won’t have such an accessory, but, it will offer real enhancements. Such as native 4K gaming, six teraflops of computing power, built-in UHD player, and backward game compatibility.
In comparison, the PS4 Pro costs $400, which at a possible $100 less than the Scorpio, makes it an easy choice. One that would leave enough cash for a game or two, which is the next sticking point.
While games running on the PS4 will undoubtedly look better on the Scorpio, what really makes a console standout is exclusives. They are the kind of game you don’t see on a rival device, with the Xbox One having the Halo, Forza Motorosports franchises and a few more.
However, Microsoft has a problem, and that is a dwindling amount of exclusive titles for its current consoles. ON the other hand Sony and its PS4 Pro will be getting titles such as Gravity Rush 2, Horizon Zero Dawn, Nioh among many others. As for what can be expected for the Xbox Project Scorpio, it doesn’t look promising!
At this moment in time, the only announced exclusively for 2017 is Forza Motorsport 7. Other previously rumored titles like Cuphead, Crackdown 3, and Sea of Thieves are yet to get release dates.
Now, this begs the question, will the lack of exclusive titles prevent the Xbox Project Scorpio from selling well? Probably not, after all, it will still have a large array of third-party titles for consumers to choose from. After all, some developers will take advantage of the consoles superior processing power and 4K abilities to create gorgeous ports. However, not all will, which means, some games will possibly look no better than they do on the PS4 Pro. Which again would beg the question, why buy the console?
PS4 Pro Bundles
Marketing rights when it comes to bundling games with consoles it a big earner for both console manufacturers. However, Sony has the upper hand, with Destiny 2, Call of Duty: WWII, and Star Wars: Battlefront 2 bundles coming to PS4 Pro. Yes, these titles will be available on the Scorpio; however, they will have the illusion of exclusives on the PS4 Pro due to the marketing they will receive. All of which will drive sales towards Sony’s device, not Microsoft’s.
While this is not a definitive list of reasons why the PS4 Pro will beat the Xbox Project Scorpio. Right now it does feel as though Sony has the upper hand. Yes, there’s no doubt that Scorpio will be more powerful, but there remain a lot of questions to be answered. Especially, where Microsoft has decided not to split its fan base, meaning there will be a lack of Scorpio only titles.
Finally, it’s worth noting that the strongest doesn’t always win, in most previous generations the weaker has won. For instance, the Nintendo Wii was less powerful than the Xbox 360 and the PS3, yet it dominated that generation.