Microsoft is billing the Xbox Scorpio as a premium 4K gaming device, and with that people are expecting a premium price. But new comments made by senior director of product management and planning at Xbox, Albert Penello, indicate this might not be the case.
Although saying very little, what Penello has told Eurogamer gives hope the Scorpio could launch at a price comparable to the PS4 Pro.
The relevant section from the interview can be seen in full below:
EG: Scorpio obviously will have a more powerful spec, but won't PS4 Pro always be cheaper? Scorpio has a bigger processor, more RAM, potentially a Blu-ray drive - that's can't be cheap. I get the sense it's already being billed as a premium product. Won't you run up against a tough comparison next year when Scorpio is more expensive than PS Pro?
Albert Penello: Well, we haven't announced the price yet, so we'll see.
EG: Sure, but the expectation is PS4 Pro will be cheaper than Scorpio, right?
Albert Penello: It will be an interesting discussion next time we chat.
The PS4 Pro launches in November priced £349, so it's not completely out of the question that a more powerful platform launching a year later could arrive at a similar price.