Xbox 2 Price: The Xbox 2 aka Project Scorpio is said to be the best thing to have happened to the gaming console industry in the last few years. The Xbox 2 has three functionalities that take it beyond ordinary gaming consoles and propels it into becoming one of the best VR-based gaming experiences users can dream of. These are the capability of running 4K-native games, support of virtual reality experiences and the introduction of a mighty six teraflops of power. However, users and enthusiasts will also have one consideration in mind which, while not being the primary concern for premium-segment buyers, is still worthy of consideration a lot of users and fans. This obviously is how much the Xbox 2 Price will be.
Xbox 2 Price: All That You Should Know
A historical view of the prices of the Xbox may be of importance here. The original Xbox is legendary and came for $299. The console released in November 2001 and became an instant classic. The next generation of Microsoft's console was the Xbox 360 and was released in 2005, four years later. The Xbox 360 came for between $299 and $399, an increase of $100 dollars. The Xbox One came for $499 and was released in 2013, eight years later. The Xbox One S released late last year and came for $399. As you cane see, the pricing of the gaming console is hardly consistent. We have reason to believe that the Xbox 2 price will be in region of $499 and $599. We list our reasons to assume so below.
- First, the introduction of the VR technology in the gaming console. The VR industry is the technology of the future.
- Second, the Xbox 2 may also opt for a cloud-based system, ensuring that the gaming console does not breach the four-figure price mark.
- Third, the Xbox 2, or Project Scorpio if you like, will have to compete with the next generation Sony Playstation console, the PS5. The PS5, rumours suggest, has been pushed back to 2019 due to technical difficulties and the irregular nature of the supply chain. The Xbox 2 will hence have some time to get its game in place, pun intended.
We focus on the first point here. VR is the future, as we said. We have been getting news that VR companies have expressed interest in tying up with Microsoft once the VR gaming aspect is confirmed. The two major VR gaming headset manufacturers at this moment are the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive. If Microsoft does build in VR compatibility in the Xbox 2, the VR headset will become very useful. At this moment, Microsoft's own VR headset, HoloLens, has been delayed indefinitely. While the Xbox One was priced higher due to the Kinect technology available with it, it stands to reason that the Xbox 2 developers will not take any serious risks when developing the gaming console. They must match up with the PS5, which will have its own native VR experience with the PlayStation VR already in place for the existing PS4 consoles. If Microsoft decides to pair up with the Oculus Rift, the price of the Xbox 2 will increase by a considerable margin.
The cloud-based nature of the Xbox 2 will aid in its popularity and hence sales. The absence of physical servers also reduces the space occupied by the gaming console. For the uninitiated, the cloud is a remote location where servers can store data or run games. Games can be streamed directly to devices and the cloud-based nature also aids in better multi-playing options. The new technology will also ensure that the user has less physical devices to deal with, perhaps eliminating the need for a receiver. This will lead to lesser costs incurred while the Xbox 2 is manufactured.
Finally, the competition. The PS5 is hot on the heels of the Xbox gaming console. The PS5 is set to come for between $399 and $499. If the Microsoft offering has to stay relevant, it will have to ensure that the price does not go through the roof. Phil Spencer, the head of the Xbox program at Microsoft, had said that the new device would be four and a half times more powerful than Xbox One speaking at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in June 2016. The Xbox 2 will be a part of the Xbox family and will likely feature backwards-compatibility. Figuring in inflation and ignoring any future delays in production, we expect the Xbox 2 Price or the cost to own the Project Scorpion to come for between $499 and $599. We can expect some premium versions to follow as well. If Microsoft delivers, this will be one scorpion which will have a deadly sting. We will continue to keep you updated on this front.