A small comment from Head of Xbox Phil Spencer was the final bit of news necessary to convince me Microsoft’s Project Scorpio will be named Xbox 10 S, and it will serve as a Windows 10 gaming PC built for the living room. I know, that’s a big claim – and I don’t encourage anyone to gamble on it. But ahead of Microsoft’s E3 event on Sunday, I’d like to collect the evidence that Microsoft is eager to put a computer beneath your television.
If true, this could be a great move by Microsoft. Imagine the sales pitch to, say, older high school students and first-year college students: a games console that also servers as a full Windows PC. That’s not a bad package.
On a related note – Microsoft’s latest preview build for the Fall Creators Update contains a lot of changes for Windows 10.
Maybe I am the only one who lived in a bizarro world for whom being a student meant 3 things:
1. I did not have money
2. I did not have space
3. I was always on the move
My experience says that students need a cheap laptop they can carry around to the class room for example to do presentations, or to the study room or to the library.Add when they game, they do it over the weekend on the big TV at home.
My experience says that most students can’t allow a 599$ console, and that’s the price that I expect. And Sony will drop PS4 Pro price to 349$. Maybe do do wonders, and release it for 499$. In that case hurray, PS4 Pro price will be cut to 299$ by next summer. Mind you, there are rumours now that PS4 will be 250$, which sounds really attractive price for the base console.
I expect market penetration for the Scorpio around 5 to 8 percent of the current console market in 3 years. I would say MS expects 15% maybe…
I base my estimation on 2 things:
Steam Hardware survey shows around 5% penetration of hardware enthusiast users. I expect similar market size for Scorpio.
And Sony will provide very stiff competition.