The upcoming Project Scorpio could help the Xbox One outsell the PS4 this year, according to one analyst. The Sony console has consistently beaten its Microsoft-made rival in terms of sales ever since the PS4 and Xbox One launched and so this could be a huge turning point.
Speaking following the Project Scorpio specs reveal, The NPD Group analyst Mat Piscatella says that in the United States’ console market “Scorpio has the potential to push Xbox One sales ahead of the PS4” this year. The analyst also says that “adoption among the core gaming audience could be significant, and, while this is a niche audience to target, it’s the niche which is necessary to put the Scorpio on the path for longer term mass market adoption.”
With Microsoft promising that Project Scorpio will improve Xbox One games and even Xbox 360 titles too, it’s clear that the company is focusing on existing Xbox fans and so Piscatella’s analysis makes sense. However, Piscatella argued that “if attractive content doesn’t show up, the mass market won’t adopt” as “people buy consoles to play great games.” The analyst also noted that “if we happen to have another E3 2006 style ‘five hundred and ninety nine US dollars’ moment the outlook gets murkier.”
While gamers have been impressed with Microsoft’s promises for the console so far, many would agree that Piscatella is right about the Project Scorpio content library. The developers of many games that have gotten PS4 Pro updates seem to be on the fence, with the Final Fantasy XV team unsure whether it will make improvements for the console, while the Mass Effect: Andromeda team hasn’t made a decision yet either.
And as for the Project Scorpio’s price, the uncertainty about this has also been a huge concern. Few are expecting the console to come cheap, given what the hardware is offering, but if Microsoft goes too high it could turn gamers away and, potentially, into the arms of the PS4 Pro instead.
As there are still at least six months until the Scorpio’s release, Microsoft has plenty of time to assuage these concerns. The reveals this week were undoubtedly just a taster of what’s to come at E3 2017, where Xbox fans and casual gamers alike can surely expect plenty more information about Microsoft’s Project Scorpio plans.