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Project Scorpio: What Will Microsoft (MSFT)’s Premium Xbox Cost?

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Xbox Project Scorpio

Microsoft Corporation hasn’t released much detail about Project Scorpio, but the company believes that this console is the future of Xbox. Project Scorpio – which is deemed to be the most powerful game console ever made – will arrive in the fourth quarter of 2017. Talking about the console’s price, Xbox marketing boss Aaron Greenberg said in an interview that the company sees Project Scorpio as a “premium product,” and it would be “a very high-end product.”

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Xbox Project Scorpio

Project Scorpio Price

Project Scorpio might be the last in the traditional console generation, according to Microsoft. As I’ve discussed in a previous article, Project Scorpio is a mid-generation upgrade to the Xbox One, and will be powerful than PS4 and PS4 Neo. The console will offer eight CPU cores; over 320GB/s of memory bandwidth; six teraflops (TF) of GPU power; 4K gaming support; and VR support. The six teraflops of GPU will deliver a premier gaming experience including true 4K gaming and high-fidelity virtual reality.

Greenberg, who is head of Xbox game marketing, told DualShockers that: “We were really thoughtful about the specs we used to design Project Scorpio, and the focus was on how can we deliver true 4K gaming in the console space.”

He added that: “Today 4K gaming exists on the PC, with people who spend a lot of money on super high-end PCs with a wide variety of specs… Thousands of dollars in many cases can get 4K gaming, but it hasn’t existed in the console market.”

Greenberg didn’t provide details about the price range for the console, but he did mention that the company sees it as a premium product.

“Well, we think about it as a premium product. From that standpoint, it is going to be a very high-end product.”

Microsoft Xbox One Vs. PlayStation 4

According to a report published in Engadget, Sony is doing well in console market when it comes to sales. Microsoft hasn’t released any data in an age about Xbox sales, but Sony sold more than 40 million consoles months back.

According to Greenberg, Microsoft Corporation is focusing on bringing the games to a bigger audience through Xbox Play Anywhere – buy a game once and play on Xbox and PC – rather than just trying to sell new consoles. Digital Trends reported (via Yahoo News) that Xbox and gaming revenue has dropped 9% year-over-year decline in the second quarter of 2016.

As we reported earlier, Project Scorpio is going to offer a great gaming experience. The console will offer a sizable leap over both the PS4 and PS4 Neo, with much better graphical and memory capabilities.

Microsoft said that Project Scorpio will be released in a holiday 2017. The company yet to announce a final release date as well as the price or cost of Project Scorpio. Sony’s mid-generation upgrade, the PS4 Neo, is expected to be launched late this year.

Microsoft Corporation won’t release any Project Scorpio exclusives. All games running on the Xbox One will work on the new console. Some existing Xbox One games “will look different” and may “run a little better” on the console. The company premiered a wide range of games launching this year and beyond for Xbox One and Windows 10, including a mix of exclusives, blockbusters and independent games.

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