Microsoft cannot come in at $500 again with Scorpio, that is what killed Xbox One in 2013 against $400 PS4. MS should have made Kinect 2 optional. And PS4 Pro may drop to $350. Scorpio is more powerful than Pro, but MS will lose again and never catch up to Sony. Parents will buy cheaper system during holiday.
I am actually looking more forward to Xbox Game Pass subscription service for Xbox One this Spring.
USgamer: Any speculation on what this will cost with the specs you've seen?
"Leadbetter: Well, it's going to be more expensive than Pro. That much is obvious. The physical size of the chip - pretty much the most expensive single component - is larger, meaning it costs more. The extra four gigs of RAM will add to the cost, as will the UHD Blu-ray drive. The hard drive is pricier, the cooling assembly too. I wasn't told anything about price, but reclaiming performance leadership in the console sector with the ambition Microsoft is showing isn't going to come for free."
PS4pro is 399$ atm... so more expensive than that means we know its over 399$.
Throw in "bigger apu chip" + "4gigs extra ram" + "UHD blu-ray drive" + "more expensive HDD" + "much more expensive cooling solution" + "bigger PSU".
Right now its looking like its either 449$ (minimum price) or 499$ (more likely price).
So yes Microsoft can come out with this "premium" product at 500$.