How Microsoft Could Make the Scorpio a Success
The Playstation 4 Pro system has been selling units at a substantial rate working well as a midway point in the console’s lifespan. With upgraded hardware to produce higher resolution, RAM speed, textures, shadings and equipped with a 1 terabyte hard drive, the PS4 Pro needed more, though not much, than enhanced technology to have what the industry might call a successful release. Games, of course, are the most important feature to sell any style of console but other facets come in to play when making a splash at the retail stores. So what can we expect from Microsoft and their latest mid-life Xbox One upgrade, Scorpio and how can they adopt the success rival company’s have recently celebrated?
One huge factor that should be addressed is the price. Obviously, the console gaming market isn’t looking to shell out a huge market price for what’s essentially an updated version of a console they already have. If that were the case, purchasing a gaming PC would allow the best gaming experience with fully upgradable capabilities and, while at an initial steep price, it would save you in the long run from buying new consoles every 6 (now 3 or 4) years or so. The affordable price and plug-in ‘n’ play ease of console’s is what made a majority of its fan base. The sluggish start to the heavily priced $600 Playstation 3 is a prime example of when the cost is too high and what the audience is willing to spend on a console.
As mentioned earlier, games are the “it” factor in selling a console. Keeping the initial Xbox One library is crucial and almost automatic but also having the Scorpio version of games for ultra-resolution and maximum performance is what Scorpio fans will want. Bringing a “next-gen” experience that delivers like no other console on the market will leave gamers wanting to get their hands on the powerful system.
Exclusives also play a huge role in console success and require the ability to deliver content not found anywhere else in the industry. If the Nintendo Switch released without the help of Breath of the Wild, I assume we can safely bet Nintendo wouldn’t be pulling in the astounding sales numbers we’ve seen the past 3 months or so. Also, Sony shows off a list of excellent console exclusives such as Horizon Zero Dawn, Persona 5, Nier Automata, and future exclusives like Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy and The Last of Us Part II, further advancing the sales margin of the Pro.
Bundles add an additional view on selling units and giving future players a reason to dive into the next-gen. Games like Halo Wars 2, Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, Crackdown 3, and the pirate adventure Sea of Thieves would make great games to include with the Scorpio release with a more affordable price. Drawing fans into a new console upgrade by showing them what the most anticipated and exclusive games are capable of is more than a minor stepping stone in getting a head start in future gaming systems.
Virtual Reality has been on the market for the better part of a year; more than enough time to get an over-all feel of where the technology is headed. Showing more promise than previous, more gimmicky visual enhancements, (i.e. motion controls, 3D display) the future of VR is still undetermined. While Sony has seen fair success with the Playstation VR – selling slightly better numbers than anticipated, partially thanks to its cheaper price – the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive could have seen better numbers, as seen on an article earlier this year at Forbes. One major difference is the huge release of Resident Evil 7 exclusively only on Sony‘s device. What this might mean is that if Microsoft plans on sticking with the VR tech, games – and good ones – are what will sell the units.
With E3 right around the corner and Microsoft already focusing their time on the new Xbox Scorpio, expect plenty of rumors to come to life and many questions answered. Whether fanboy, dedicated gamer, casual media fan or the open-minded, curious hobbyist, the Scorpio is already making a big splash, still well before its release coming this holiday 2017.