Michael Pachter has provided his opinion about Microsoft’s announcement of Project Scorpio at E3 2016. According to the analyst, that was a “bold” move, which confirmed previous leaks and got rid of them right before they could flood the Internet for 1+ year.
Now that we know almost everything about this console, it’s only a matter of seeing it releasing and have a proof of how much power it can actually display. Interestingly, Pachter also added some considerations about PlayStation Neo and Nintendo NX, with both of them not launching before mid-2017.
For NX, if Nintendo doesn’t showcase its new platform by September (TGS?), it won’t release in March 2017 as promised by the Japanese company.
“You don’t have a company in the gaming space that’s better equipped to launch hardware than Sony. They’ve been making consumer electronics for 70 years. I think the fact that we didn’t see Neo here means that it probably isn’t coming out this Holiday.
If it was, that meant it was already in fabrication and we’d actually know about it; I think they’re just going to launch PlayStation VR in October and then the Neo sometime in April-June, probably ahead of the Holiday. It’s easier to launch a product in mid year because you don’t have gift givers buying it, so you don’t have quite as big of a demand and you can actually satisfy demand from the fanboys.
For Nintendo, again, it’s back to manufacturing. I think if they were ready to launch the NX in March, they could have shown it here. I don’t think they’re going to be ready. If we don’t get an announcement on NX and we don’t see specs by August or September, I don’t think there’s a chance it comes out by March.
I think that’s a Summer launch. So I actually think we might see PS4 Neo and the Nintendo NX right about the same time, mid-year 2017.”