What Should The Xbox One Scorpio Cost?

Just how much is the world’s most powerful console potentially worth?

Posted By | On 30th, Apr. 2017 Under Article, Editorials | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


At this point, the Xbox One Scorpio isn’t as much of an unknown as it was for almost a year since its initial announcement- we know what hardware the system will have (well, at least the internals), and we know what kind of performance point Microsoft is aiming for with it. The question then becomes, exactly how much should the new system cost? How much will the market be willing to pay for it? Microsoft has gone ahead and loaded the system to the gills with some high end hardware– so how hard will it hit the wallet?

There are two ways to assess the Scorpio, and the price it is likely to have- either this is a system that will match its high end processing hardware equivalently in all other areas too, or it will not. In simple language, that means that the Scorpio could not just be extremely powerful, it could also be extremely feature packed- a UHD Blu Ray drive, top of the line Dolby sound support, and so on. Adding those high end features on top of already high end hardware would potentially make the Scorpio more expensive than it otherwise would be- not adding them will keep prices down, but, much like with the PS4 Pro, seem like baffling omissions.

"Theoretically, Microsoft wouldn’t be out of bounds in pricing the Xbox at a higher price, such as $499 or even $599- they can argue that the console certainly commands such a sticker price."

There is evidence to suggest, including, in many cases, direct confirmations from Microsoft themselves, that the Scorpio will have all of these high end features. The Scorpio is confirmed to be supporting Dolby Vision and HDR10, which are both high end and pioneering technology standards nowhere close to mass market adoption. A 4K UHD Blu Ray drive is confirmed. Even the Kinect will be supported, albeit via an adaptor- it looks like Microsoft is leaving no stone unturned.

Given this combination of high end hardware and top of the line features, one would expect a high end price, right? Theoretically, Microsoft wouldn’t be out of bounds in pricing the Xbox at a higher price, such as $499 or even $599- they can argue that the console certainly commands such a sticker price. The problem is, they can argue what the want, expensive consoles have never gone down well in the industry, from the 3D0 and Sega Saturn to, more recently and infamously, the PS3’s $599 USD and the Xbox One’s $499. The market simply rejects expensive consoles- in the case of the PS3, you were getting what was at the time a super high end machine with support for all sorts of peripheral features and media functionality matched by literally nothing else on the market. But the market rejected it soundly.

So it doesn’t matter if the price of the Xbox One Scorpio is justified- the market simply does not wish to spend money beyond a certain point on gaming consoles, and for now, that point seems to be the psychological barrier of $399. Anything beyond that, and people blanche. This means, then, that the Scorpio must at all costs try to stick to that price point, or risk not selling much at all.

Feasibly, I could see Microsoft pushing just a bit higher than that- I could, for instance, see a $429 or a $449 price point. It won’t be ideal, but assuming proper marketing and thoroughly sound messaging from Microsoft, it’s something that can work. The Nintendo Switch, for instance, was a stretch at $299- at $249, it was a guaranteed success, but at $299, people were iffy if it would work. Savvy marketing and great messaging from Nintendo has made the console a runaway success. Microsoft could achieve this same effect- if they stay within reasonable range of what the upper acceptable limit of the price would be.

Of course, the other thing to consider is that Microsoft itself doesn’t actually intend nor expect the Xbox Scorpio to actually sell much– Microsoft has said before plenty of times that the system is intended to be a niche mover targeted at the high end premium segment of the market. The mass market driver for Microsoft is the Xbox One S- so it can get away with pricing the Scorpio however high it wants, because at the very worst, it just makes the existing Xbox One S look like that much better value by comparison.

"Does Microsoft consider the PS4 Pro to be direct competition to the Xbox Scorpio? If it does, then there is a possibility that it will, in fact, stick to a $400 price point (especially in anticipation of an impending $50 price drop by Sony in response to the Scorpio)."

Which brings us to the final point- does Microsoft consider the PS4 Pro to be direct competition to the Xbox Scorpio? If it does, then there is a possibility that it will, in fact, stick to a $400 price point (especially in anticipation of an impending $50 price drop by Sony in response to the Scorpio)- that way, the Scorpio, even if it is a little more expensive, looks like far better value when put next to the Pro. If Microsoft does not consider the PS4 Pro to be a factor in their equations and analyses, however, it is unlikely to alter their pricing plans to any extent.

The hard part is, there are too many variables here to actually come to a reasonable understanding of how much a Scorpio should cost. Previously, we’ve been able to do similar analyses for the PS4 Pro and the Nintendo Switch– and we arrived within a reasonable ballpark of the final prices. But it’s extremely hard in this case due to so many unknowns in play. I don’t know what Microsoft will eventually price the Scorpio – it’s hard to say. But I think the most sensible price for them will be $399, and the upper limit of what they can price it will be $449. Anything beyond that, may spell trouble.

Note: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to GamingBolt as an organization.


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  • Troy Marcel

    I think between $450-500

  • Gamez Rule

    I think £425 – £500 ( basic console bundle )

  • Mike Clyne

    I’m predicting $499. No way $399 out the gate, not with what’s in it.

    • crazy_black_man-

      I agree Mike. I’m thinking $499 at the bare minimum for 1tb, and then the price increases with memory storage capacity. But with all that they are promising, 1tb may not even be enough storage space for entry level usage.

    • bardock5151

      Content rich games on Xbox do use up a lot of space. 90GB for a well supported game like Halo 5.

      But when external HDD support will be there from day one, a 1TB stock drive isn’t a problem.

    • crazy_black_man-

      Agreed.

    • LifeOnMars

      It’s a pity that they didn’t take a leaf out of Sony’s book and make the internal drive upgrade a simple plug in std of the shelf drive swap without ruining you warranty.

    • bardock5151

      An External HDD is the better option. Plug and Play, far easier to transfer content between two active HDD than having to reinstall/download firmware/games onto a new singular drive.

      Plus the external option allows for far higher capacity, again the better option.

    • LifeOnMars

      Playstation gives you the choice, not everyone wants an ugly external drive.

    • bardock5151

      How is an easily stowed away accessory ugly? How is a sleek easily hidden WD passport ugly? Answer, they aren’t. The PS4 and Xbox are more of an eyesore, you know since they can’t be hidden.

      You’re just splitting hairs.

    • LifeOnMars

      Stowed away just like the old Xbox power brick

    • bardock5151

      No, an external HDD is far easier to hide away.

    • LifeOnMars

      What I’m saying is that with Playstation you have the choice.

    • bardock5151

      It’s fine to have the option, but I personally find it unnecessary. It takes anywhere from 15-45+ minutes to install a new HDD in the PS4 and then you’re still left with a measly 3.0Gbps over SATA II. Meanwhile an external HDD allows for speeds upto 6.0Gbps.

      Given the choice (luckily for PS4 owners, they now have the better option available thanks to user requests), I’d take the far superior speeds and portability of an “ugly” external drive. Choice is fine, but changing out the internal is the wrong one choice to make.

    • LifeOnMars

      I was lucky enough to have the choice and I decided to upgrade the internal drive from day one.I still have the option to use an external if I choose to do so, as yet I have no need to take up that option.

    • LifeOnMars

      Sorry but I have the choice of both and I prefer to go the internal route, I can add external at any time if needed.

    • Fweds

      But for the last 3 years you didn’t get the choice, it’s only now Sony have given you the choice very likely due to external may of previously opened up piracy problems, the same with MS their internal could do the same they are protecting it.

    • Fweds

      You mean they have given you a choice after 3 years of only one choice and a poor one at that.

    • Fweds

      But to install a drive in the PS4 you have to rip an external drive apart which ruins it’s warranty, and you lose the internal drive space.
      You install a 2Gb and only gain 1Gb over the 1Gb you are replacing.
      You are also restricted on what drives you can use.

      Internal drives are a false Economy.

    • Eddie Battikha

      $499

  • Luke Skywalker

    $450 and they wouldn’t be able to keep them on the shelf for a year or 2

  • Riggybro

    $399 for the 1TB one controller base model.

    The UHD drive is probably the most expensive part otherwise it’s pretty standard for a late 2017 console therefore $399 easy.

    • Foster Hampton

      No the apu is defineately the most expensive part.

  • MickaelSuarez

    I won’t be surprised if the price point is quite higher than $399

    From Spencer during Unlocked podcast about the Scorpio:
    “I call it a premium console because I want people to be clear that the customer we’re building that for is the premium gaming customer,”
    “The person who buys the majority of the games, the person who’s playing the most games, spending the most hours, spending the most dollars. It’s like our Elite controller. I call that a premium controller.”
    “I’m not trying to scare anybody on the price. We’re going to come out on a price that we think is fair for the product that we build and the customers will tell us as they always do. I call it premium because I don’t want people to get confused that somehow Scorpio is the thing that is going to take over the Xbox line.”

    And:
    The Xbox One S 2TB was sold $399 last august (for a production cost estimated around $324)

    • Learned Handgun

      He keeps saying it’s a premium console because it is going to play all of the same games as an Xbox One OG/S but at a higher cost. He wants people to know that if you pay extra you get better visuals but if you don’t want to pay extra you can still play all the same games.

      The elite controller is a better controller but it doesn’t have any new games. people that don’t pay extra for the controller only miss out on the benefits of the controller itself.

      The Xbox one S 2TB will be over a year old, had a 1TB larger harddrive. and wasn’t competing against the PS4pro.

      Could the price be higher than $399? possibly. $399-$499 seems likely. Will it be quite higher? (assuming you aren’t saying 499 is quite higher), unlikely.

    • Mr GetBadd

      that would be the stupidest thing theyve ever done.. how can you call it premium when it has zero exclusive content. thats an insult to gamers. It wont be premium it will be a price gouge

    • Learned Handgun

      The upgraded visuals and improved performance are what makes it a premium product. 1080p -> 4k, same game. 4k is generally considered better (all else equal). You pay more for the ability to play at 4k.

      A price gouge would require there to not be any improvements offered for more money or a significantly larger price than the improvements warrant. We know there will be improvement, we don’t know what the price will be. If MS charges $1000, potentially a price gouge. If MS charges $499, not a price gouge.

  • Luke Grossman

    It’s not confirmed to support Dolby Vision. If it is, this article has a scoop. I don’t believe Dolby Vision was ever announced for Xbox Scorpio.

  • crazy_black_man-

    My guess? Entry level 1tb model $499 as the lowest possible price, with price increasing as storage capacity increases, and with no swappable hard drive options.

    • YOUDIEMOFO

      Hopefully not on the whole “non-swappable” HDD again…..

    • crazy_black_man-

      No way will they ever let you swap drives.

    • YOUDIEMOFO

      PAHLEEEASE MS………..They can not do this again….. I mean..yeah they can do whatever, but this is getting old. Something really satisfying about popping her open to swap out them innards…

  • Dougdec92

    499 for 1tb then increment based on HDD options.

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  • Eddie Battikha

    $499

  • bardock5151

    $499 is an easily justifiable price really. Every cent spent goes to an extremely capable gaming focused machine, it’s not a half measure to 4K gaming, and it won’t be missing the latest entertainment standards as a bonus.

    This console is actually a good alternative for those looking to shift to PC. Better performance for less.

    • crazy_black_man-

      The thing is, the initial starting price has to allow for reasonable discounting to remain competitive later on. So $499and above could then become $485-$450 later on to boost sales.

  • DA-ROOSTER

    $449 1TB entry level Xbox Scorpio

    $499 2TB Xbox Scorpio

    $599 4TB with Elite controller Xbox Scorpio

    • Rasta4

      I would agree

    • crazy_black_man-

      That could reasonably happen too.

    • YOUDIEMOFO

      HMMMMMMMMMMMM…..I think you could be on to something there.

  • YOUDIEMOFO

    Anything more than $499 as an initial cost is going to be painful for MS to market this bad boy.

    Don’t get me wrong as Sony did it in 2006-7ish with the PS3, but that was also due to introducing cutting edge technology all the while ushering in a completely new “format” during that battle altogether.

    Things are seriously different this time as there is nothing truly “new” other than more powerful/capable hardware.

    • Learned Handgun

      I don’t know what cutting edge tech you speak of that is distinct from the new format. But the blueray player did help some justify the cost increase, but the average consumer did not understand that message until much later.

    • YOUDIEMOFO

      Anyone who is/was interested in dropping over $500+ on their new “console” should have done their homework at the time.

      Obviously a huge format war was taking place, but the more interesting facet of it all was truly Sonys “tech” they were putting into the PS3. The Cell Processor was utilized in military/hospital applications and in televisions.

      Thinking back to then and truly realizing what they were capable of creating on those consoles of the time is truly unprecedented. And to be honest makes games of today look a little “flaccid….”

      One thing I was amazed at was MS’s choice to go with ES/S RAM once again in the Xbone….not sure what they were attempting to attain with gimping things once again…

    • Learned Handgun

      Most people don’t do research on consoles. PlayStation has been around for decades. PlayStations play video games, newer Playstations play newer and better looking games. You are in a small minority of people that cares about the hardware specifications.

      The PS3 was not nearly as unprecedented as you make it sound. The games were no more extraordinary then Xbox360 games (in fact they were largely the same games, i.e. multiplats). And games today are much better. Most people fail to realize that what most of the extra power of this generation is seen in thinks like the contents of the rooms in games. Games use to be relatively empty, but now there are papers all over, more furniture, foliage, etc.

      The format war wasn’t really a format war, you’re being overly dramatic by using the word “war.” PlayStation backed Blueray because they wanted to sell more Blueray discs. MS didn’t immediately back Blueray because they didn’t care because it was such a new tech and unlikely to be adopoted by mainstream soon (and it still really hasn’t) and didn’t want to have to charge a higher price. But when Sony backed Blueray, MS decided it needed to do something and backed HD DVD so not to be completely left behind. Turns out MS would have been better off doing nothing or backing Blueray. This is capitalism

      MS then made the same mistake Sony made by mandating a Kinect bundle in the Xbox One While the Kinect is really a great device, it was never accepted by mainstream and mainstream viewed the cost of Xbox One as unjustifiably higher than the competition. Obviously the price difference is just one factor, but that did not help MS at all this cycle.

    • YOUDIEMOFO

      I am not sure where you are getting your info/speculation toward your opinions, but good stuff for you.

      Yes there was a massive change all around in hardware…..between both systems from Sony and Microsoft. And what they are capable of doing on those systems considering the hardware limitations they have to work with is unprecedented. 512MB of “total” system RAM all the while being able to make most games at 1080p (PS3 that is).

      Yes there was a “format war” going on….. That is what they are considered when large corporations back a particular “format” and want that particular “format” to succeed over that of another. Microsoft chose HD-DVD and Sony chose Blu-ray….(Not Blue-ray BTW). And as other companies/producers chose their “side” to fight on the “format war” ensued. Yeah and that philosophy you have on the chosen formats and why is something out of a fictitious novel….F’N capitalism….HA!!! So every drive in technology and advancement in any field is simply due to capitalism and the gain of that “private entity….?!?” They chose the wrong format/date and time to invest in it. Hence their newest systems are spewing with them. Not to mention their system offers 4K blu-ray capabilities, but that is only because they “had to do something….”

      Not so sure about the “mistake” you mention from Sony’s side of things, but they did usher in a new format much easier than most have ever done in the past. And that was largely due to the success of the PS3. Of which costed about $1-200 cheaper than a standard blu-ray player. Microsoft has made some of the largest mistakes as of late with their systems starting with the Xbone. Their release was a joke (OS day one change), bundled kinect (you’ve nailed that one) and failure to release a properly done new IP…..

      Maybe “people” should be doing more research as opposed to using only their one sided mind in most things. Educate one’s self as to what is actually going on instead of just staring at the surface of it thinking you know what the truth is. Not just one’s opinion.

    • Learned Handgun

      I think our problem is in use of terminology. You argue are that a more powerful hardware being able to produce better results is unprecedented. I would argue that that is pretty standard, and that the level of improvement last generation was not significant compared to what was expected, therefore not unprecedented.

      Using the term format war is just another example of our terminology disagreement. You can use the term war and so did the media. I don’t consider companies trying to make money by investing in different technology as being a war. If there had been more hostile actions (and I don’t mean physical) between the two (for example, regular use of negative advertisement, hostile takeover attempts, etc.), then sure. But it was just one company backing one format by including it in their console and the other ad hoc backing another by having an add on. You want to romanticize it, go ahead.

      Sony’s mistake was offering a more expensive console compared to its competitor causing it to lag in sales. Sure the PS3 caught up eventually but not until some pretty aggressive price reductions. Maybe you don’t consider that a mistake, but some would. Again terminology. And I agree that MS made some pretty big mistakes at the beginning of this gen.

      Most people should do research. But most people don’t. Most people should be less of asshats, most people aren’t. Hence we have you. but good stuff for you.

    • YOUDIEMOFO

      Wow…. I think you’ve missed it all… have a great day.

    • YOUDIEMOFO

      Hey technology does get smaller and makes things less and less expensive over time, but again you can see it your way and I’ll see it mine.

      Your opinions aren’t factual just because that is what you believe. And calling names over the internet is not healthy at all. It really speaks volumes of you as a person and the inability to communicate properly.

      You’re one of those people that can’t have a conversation in person without getting all upset that your opinion is moot and most likely wrong.

      As always…..in the words of my good buddy….”Have nice day!!”

    • YOUDIEMOFO

      And your profile wreaks of……well you know what it is….

    • YOUDIEMOFO

      Opinions aren’t facts even if they are what you believe.

  • Schroeder

    I’ve been expecting a $499 price point on this hardware ever since they first talked about it. It’s high but it’s not insanely-high. However, with how Phil Spencer has spoke about this console AND the fact that it’s based off of the Xbox One’s set of hardware (sticking with the AMD Jaguar CPU) I’m starting to think that $499 is probably a high-end of the estimate. This console could be $449 or even $399 if Microsoft is going to be aggressive.

    To add a little fuel to the fire, the assumptions of Sony coming out with yet another console next year (which is by-far the dumbest thing they could do right now, 3 consoles in 5 years), Microsoft will be very careful to do two things: make sure the Scorpio exceeds expectation (6 Tflop peformance) AND doesn’t sit at a price point that’s too expensive. Microsoft will have 1 year to get the hardware out and make a power-play to keep the hardware at a very competitive price point to keep from Sony getting the best of Microsoft again.

    Honestly, I don’t think anyone thought Sony might be so bold as to destroy their player-base by forcing an increasingly-difficult decision when buying a console (which of these 3 consoles are for me?). But it’s going to make things unpredictable and it might force Microsoft’s hand on pricing. I wouldn’t have thought $399 was possible, but that’s not entirely out of the realm of possibility. I’m sure the Scorpio will cost close to that to break even. Microsoft could again rely on the sales of games and accessories to propel profits – something that the Xbox 360 was meant to do (not make any money on launch day and slowly become profitable over the years).

    • crazy_black_man-

      So true. Those 360 peripherals were unnecessarily expensive.

  • cramps16

    sorry guys but this retailer in Greece already has it listed for 550 euros which translates into 550 us dollars….

    http://www.public.gr/product/gaming/consoles/xbox-one/microsoft-xbox-project-scorpio/prod8563879pp/

  • cramps16

    Retailer from Greece already has it listed for 550 euros…which in dollars translates to 550 dollars.

    http://www.public.gr/product/gaming/consoles/xbox-one/microsoft-xbox-project-scorpio/prod8563879pp/

  • Rasta4

    $449 1 TB
    $499 2 TB

    If they start at $399 I will be very surprised.

  • I think it will be at least $800.. since it has more than double the power of the Xbox One-S.

  • cramps16

    Sorry to rain on everyone’s parade hoping for a cheap price but if this is true then well check it out for yourself in the link below…greek site 549euros which translates into 549 dollars !!!

    http://www.public.gr/product/gaming/consoles/xbox-one/microsoft-xbox-project-scorpio/prod8563879pp/

  • It should be about the games

    I’m guessing £399-£499 but Microsoft should make a concession to all those that bought the Xbox One early on in its life. There was talk of them working with 3rd party retailers on trade-in deals but there’s been nothing new on that as info has come out. Here’s hoping that E3 is full of details.


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