At this year's E3 conference, Microsoft announced that Project Scorpio is called the Xbox One X. It will offer 4K gaming and is set to compete against Sony's own PlayStation 4 Pro. However, I think Microsoft has made a few mistakes with this console that will really hurt its chance at thriving in the market. I'm not sold that the world actually wants the Xbox One X and what it brings to the table at this stage of a console cycle. With that, here are a few of the reasons why I think the Xbox One X will be a failure.
To be fair to this point, Xbox head Phill Spencer has always billed this as a premium console, which is probably why it has a price tag of $499. Much like Sony and the PlayStation 3 last gen, I believe Microsoft is pricing themselves out of the competition. The PlayStation 4 Pro is currently $100 less than that so Microsoft has to make a case for why consumers should buy the Xbox One X instead of the PlayStation 4 Pro. I just don't see what Microsoft has to offer here.
The price is also just getting into computer range at that point. With dedicated gaming PCs becoming cheaper and easier to get, I think many people will see the $500 price tag and decide to see what they can try and do there. This isn't helped by Microsoft putting all of the exclusives on PC as well now. While I'm certainly grateful for the fact they do this, I don't think it will help them sell this console.
While the Xbox One X may have more power than the PlayStation 4 Pro, I'm not entirely sure that matters. I truly don't think third-party developers are going to go out of their way to make sure the Xbox One X version is superior to the PlayStation 4 Pro version. It very well could end up the user just paying $100 extra just for some prettier console exclusives. That may be worth it to some, but I just don't see the value in it.
I could be wrong on this front. The console isn't out yet, so maybe devs will continue to make all games noticeably better on the Xbox One X. I'm just now sure they will find it worth the investment. It is going to have a smaller user base than the Xbox One and, with it being later to the party, the PlayStation 4 Pro. I think developers are likely to use the PlayStation 4 Pro as a base and make slight improvements at best for the Xbox One X.
The Xbox One X is coming out at on odd time. Going based on the console cycle of the previous generations, it seems likely that this one is coming to an end sooner rather than later. It seems odd that Microsoft would release a more powerful version of the Xbox One for $499, then a few years later expect them to pay at least another $399 for the next version of Xbox. This could mean Microsoft doesn't have plans to release a new console soon, or that Michael Pratcher is correct and this is the last console generation. With the money Sony has made off of this console generation, then it is likely they could pay to make the pigs fly to make that a reality.
Both the Xbox One X and the PlayStation 4 Pro bring up interesting talking points either way. Is this the future of consoles? Are we just going to have to keep periodically upgrading them to make sure we don't get left behind? If that does become the case, then why have one over a PC? It seems the longer consoles are around, the more PC like they become. It isn't inherently a bad thing, but I'm not sure that it is the best path for consoles to take.
With everything we currently know about the Xbox One X, I just don't think it can thrive in the market. I think it is priced too high for the casual gamer to buy one, especially since a similar experience can be found for a $100 less with the PlayStation 4 Pro. I'm also not convinced that devs will make much use of anything more powerful than the PlayStation 4 Pro right now. With a new console generation coming most likely in a few years, I find it hard to believe devs will spend the money and time to improve their games beyond the basic improvement already offered by the PlayStation 4 Pro.
What do you guys think? Do you believe that the Xbox One X will succeed in the market, or do you think it will fail for one reason or another? Do you think this will set a trend where consoles become even more PC-like where they need to be upgraded every so often to stay up to date? Let me know what you think in the comments below.