Microsoft’s Xbox Scorpio won’t be out till next year (Holiday 2017), but many keen gamers are still desperate to know just how much it’ll cost so they can get saving.
Billed on several occasions as ‘the most powerful console ever made’ this Xbox ‘1.5’ is clearly gonna cost more than the Xbox One S (which starts at £249), but the exact price point remains a frustrating mystery.
In a recent interview with Levelup.com, Xbox head-honcho Phil Spencer talked turkey, reiterating that the Scorpio’s will be a high-end experience, and that the price will reflect that.
Scorpio will be a premium console. It will cost more than S, obviously, that’s how we are building it. We have not announced the pricing yet, but I want to make sure that the investment we are putting into the product of Scorpio meets the demands of the higher-end consumer and that will be a higher price.
Also in the interview, Spencer noted – once again – that the Scorpio is not replacing the regular old Xbox One. My mum told me the same thing about my stepdad, but now I only see my regular old dad once every two weeks.
Spencer added that this all part of the Xbox plan to create an ecosystem similar to the PC market, where one simply buys what the device they need based on performance.
There is not one product that our customers come in and buy. Some people come in and buy the 500 GB Xbox One S. Many people now are now buying our original Xbox One consoles that are a really good price. There is no one product that you look at and say, ‘This is the product that defines how you are doing in that market. It is really the breadth of all the products you have at all the price points. For us, when we think about Scorpio, it’s for a higher-end customer who demands the most they can get out of a console, and we built a console to meet that demand.
For now, the Scorpio’s final price remains unknown, but if I were a betting man, I’d put it at somewhere around the £400 mark.
Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.