There has been a lot of speculation on how much the Xbox Scorpio may cost; in that regard, Xbox boss, Phil Spencer said in a recent interview that the Scorpio is a “premium product” so don’t expect it to be cheap.
His exact words were:
“When we designed both of these (Xbox One S and Project Scorpio)…we kind of designed it in parallel,” Spencer explained. “We thought about the price performance of what we wanted to hit with the Scorpio, relative to what we were going to be able to do with the S. So that we would have a good price continuum, so people wouldn’t look at these two things as so disconnected because of the price delta.”
He added: “So I think you will feel like it’s a premium product, a premium console. And not something, anything more than that. So I wouldn’t get people worried that this thing is going to be unlike any console price you’ve ever seen. We didn’t design it that way. That said, the opening price point for the Xbox One S, and the different hard drive sizes that is a critical part of this whole product. When I think about it as a product line, you should expect the pricing to kind of be in line with that.”
Project Scorpio will be competing against Sony’s PS4 Pro, which will cost $400 and Xbox One S’s 500 Gb version which costs around $300. Microsoft’s Albert Penello recently said that Scorpio is the “most powerful console ever made,” so expect it to burn a sizable hole in your wallet. Sony’s Playstation 3 used to cost $600 at release, is regarded as the most expensive console till date. The Scorpio can thus be expected to not cross the equivalent price.