Microsoft unveiled its highly anticipated “Project Scorpio” at the E3 event. The device is officially called the Xbox One X and after months of speculation, fans were finally able to witness the next-gen console.
The Xbox One X is touted to be the most powerful gaming console on the planet. Microsoft said that it will be able to run all future titles on the platform in 4K resolution at 60 frames per second.
A particular aspect of the Xbox One X which kept fans guessing was the price tag that the console would bear upon release. Microsoft laid all speculations to rest when it was announced that the Xbox One X would retail for $499.
Did The Xbox One X Price Meet Gamers’ Expectation?
The premium specs of the console will make it the most powerful gaming system in the market, as the Xbox One X will supposedly be miles ahead of the PlayStation 4 Pro console. The primary reason why Sony’s consoles sold more than the Xbox till date was due to its superior hardware. However, with the Xbox One X, that is about to change.
The lowest expected price for the upcoming Microsoft console was around $400, which was very unlikely from the beginning. Considering the hardware — which the new console will boast — the $400 price tag would have been just too low for the company to make any profit.
Most fans thought that the $500 price tag was more likely. Microsoft launched its original Xbox One console at this price, but drew plenty of flak as Sony’s PS4 was launched at $400. However, this time round, the $499 price tag is justified because of the huge improvements in graphical and processing hardware of the Xbox One X.
Considering the PS4 Pro bears a $400 price tag, Microsoft’s decision to retail the upcoming console for $499, is understandable. However, Xbox One X now bears the distinction of being the most expensive gaming console in the market.
Prices higher than $500 would have been too steep for most gamers and would likely have limited the sales of the Xbox One X significantly. So, it can be said that Microsoft’s pricing was spot on and in tune with what the fans were expecting. Although on the expensive side, the Xbox One X boasts enough power to justify its price point.
Xbox One X: Specs And Features
The Microsoft console will come with an octa-core CPU clocked at 2.3 GHz and memory bandwidth speeds of 326 GBs per second. The system will house 6 teraflops of graphical power as compared to the 4.2 teraflops in Sony’s PS4 Pro console.
The Microsoft console will also boast a 12 GB GDDR5 graphics memory, clocked at an impressive 1,172 MHz and 1 TB HDD. Other features include a 4K UHD Blu-ray disc player, as well as 4K gaming support and VR headset support.
The Xbox One X is set to debut worldwide on November 7.