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HD Report | May 24, 2017

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Could Project Scorpio Be A $700 Console?

Could Project Scorpio Be A $700 Console?
Matthew Byrd

Project Scorpio is shaping up to be the most expensive video game console we’ve seen in over 20 years.

How expensive? That’s a fascinating question that only got more interesting this week when it was leaked that Project Scorpio may be capable of native 4K streaming and gameplay recording right out of the box. That’s an impressive feat.

As we speculated at the time of that leak, that impressive feat might require a piece of technology which typically retails somewhere in the $300-$400 range. While It’s highly unlikely the full retail price of such a capture card is going to be tacked on to the price of Project Scorpio, it is yet another aspect of the system which suggests Scorpio’s price might be dauntingly high.

For instance, consider the fact that Microsoft has confirmed that Scorpio’s graphics card will possess 6 teraflops of power. While Microsoft isn’t confirming the specific make of that card, a retail graphics card of equivalent power is going to run you around $350. Of course, given Scorpio’s theoretical 4K and VR processing potential, the console’s graphics card could actually be closer to the $400 range.

But ok, let’s say $350. What about Scorpio’s processor? Here, Microsoft has confirmed that AMD will be supplying the console’s processor. Given that AMD just unveiled their Ryzen line – and name dropped Scorpio during their CES 2017 showing – it seems like a sure bet that Scorpio is going to feature a high-end Ryzen processor. Such a processor is going to cost you between $349.99 and $499.99 based on how crazy you want to get.

Given that we don’t know much more about Scorpio’s hardware, it’s hard to continue speculating with certainty regarding the console’s theoretical price on a piece-by-piece basis. Still, some PC building experts are speculating that if you want to build a computer that will surpass the abilities of Scorpio, you should probably expect to drop around $2000.

Does that mean that Project Scorpio will cost $2000? Absolutely not. Not only are there discounts from mass manufacturing to consider, but there’s also the fact that building a PC and building a console are two very different prospects.

However, it’s safe to say that Project Scorpio is going to cost more than the $399 PS4 Pro simply because it will be more powerful than Sony’s device. Using that information, also take into consideration that you can build a PC with specs similar to PS4 Pro for around $700.

If the PC equivalent of a PS4 Pro costs about $700 and it’s believed that Scorpio’s PC equivalent retails for somewhere in the $1500 to $2000 range, then you start to get the impression that Scorpio could very well be a $699 system.

Would Microsoft really release such an expensive device? Possibly. Remember that we don’t know every piece of hardware in Scorpio and we don’t know any special features the console may boast. Also, consider that Microsoft has said that Scorpio will be a “premium product” and that this is the company that dared to release a $150 controller aimed at the same “pro” market that Scorpio is intended for.

All that being said, it feels like $699 is the absolute max price for Scorpio while $599 is likely a more realistic price tag.

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  1. hvd

    Fun Facts:

    6TF isn’t enough for native 4K @ 60fps when we’re talking about AAA games with complex graphics.

    Spencer reiterated many times the Scorpio is a premium console that will have a premium price. Sort of like the XBone Elite controller and the expensive price tag. It’ll be for the privileged few. You can’t afford it? Well there’s an XBone S for the peasants.

    $599US is the minimum but I would not be surprised if this hits $699US!

  2. Alien

    Scorpio will be a FLOP.

    Windowsbox aka Steambox

    High price, no games, no exc

    • Nightrob

      Dumb comment by a bitter fanboy troll….yawn. Between X1 and 360 bc there will be over 600 games available at launch… Again, dumber than dirt comment.

  3. Five hundred and ninety nine U.S. dollars.

    If they launch at this price (and they just might) they will have learned nothing from the PS3 era.

  4. I think that project Scorpio will be a very good console and may cost more than 700$ or less

    • Joegyva


  5. Billy

    I don’t see any thing even remotely pointing to a 700$ US price tag. I see it being about 499$ US, guessing by the specs given and mid rang hardware to get to that point. I know that Consoles normally sell at or below price so depending on what the full specs are. If Xbox give Project Scorpio allot of room to grow, then the price could go up, but I see anything over a 599$ US price tag having to be justified, not just to gamers but to stockholders and the MS corporate. Yes Project Scorpio is going to be top of the line but giving current markets a look, Xbox One S prices PS4 and Pro prices then looking at the hardware and the bind that the Xbox One put Xbox into the price needs to be low, not dollar wise but low for what they are offering.

    If Scorpio used 16gb gddr5x ram, new Ryzen and Vega chip set (high-mid end) then then a 10tb hybrid drive along with the 4K Blu-ray player, internal power ect ect I could go on and on with boards wiring, casing and odds and ends, but the point would be most everything would have to be next to top of the line with room to grow not just above the 6tf but the 320gb/s would have to have that ability to go up as well. Then possibly I could see a higher price tag, or maybe if they bundled the VR gear and the Xbox Scorpio, then maybe 700$ US but not as it sits now.

    Time will tell who is correct, but if your going to spread something like a really high price tag you need to justify it. I could talk about the other consoles and prices vs what they can do, but that is not needed just to debate cost of the Scorpio Console.

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