Leaked Microsoft document hints at second next-gen Xbox

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Microsoft has been planning a second, cheaper and fewer energy next-gen Xbox console. Codenamed Lockhart, it’s designed to take many of the key next-gen enhancements discovered within the Xbox Series X and supply them at a lower cost level for gaming at 1080p or 1440p. A newly leaked Microsoft doc, posted on Twitter, contains references to this Lockhart console and a number of “Project Scarlett consoles.”

Project Scarlett was the title Microsoft initially used to disclose its Xbox Series X console earlier than it was formally named. Rumors had recommended two next-gen consoles underneath the broader Project Scarlett plans: Anaconda and Lockhart. Microsoft has etched an anaconda snake into the Xbox Series X mainboard, however the firm has by no means publicly mentioned its Lockhart plans.

The leaked doc additionally mentions a Lockhart profiling mode. Sources accustomed to Microsoft’s Xbox plans inform The Verge that this particular Lockhart mode is a part of the Xbox Series X developer equipment. The devkit, codenamed Dante, permits recreation builders to allow a particular Lockhart mode that has a profile of the efficiency that Microsoft needs to hit with this second console. We perceive that features 7.5GB of usable RAM, a barely underclocked CPU pace, and round four teraflops of GPU efficiency. The Xbox Series X contains 13.5GB of usable RAM, and targets 12 teraflops of GPU efficiency.

Developers will be capable of use this Lockhart mode to check their video games in opposition to this efficiency profile and do validation checks. Microsoft is anticipated to place its Lockhart console for 1080p or 1440p gaming, two of the preferred resolutions utilized by PC gaming screens presently.

The leaked Microsoft doc mentions a number of Project Scarlett consoles.

While Microsoft hasn’t acknowledged Lockhart, the codename can also be found within the firm’s Xbox One working system, alongside references to Anaconda and Dante. We perceive this second next-gen Xbox console will launch alongside the Xbox Series X offering Microsoft doesn’t cancel it on the final minute. Lockhart will doubtless be named “Xbox Series S,” which explains why Microsoft trademarked the “Xbox Series” branding.

This second Xbox console shall be key to Microsoft’s pricing technique for the subsequent era of consoles. The firm has already dedicated to introducing its Xbox All Access subscription for the Xbox Series X, a bundle that features a console, Xbox Live, and Xbox Game Pass for a month-to-month price. “Xbox All Access is going to be critical to both our launch for Xbox Series X as well as just the overall generation,” stated Phil Spencer, Microsoft’s Xbox chief, in a Game Lab Live keynote earlier this week.

Microsoft presently presents an Xbox One S All Digital Edition subscription for $19.99 a month that features Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. It’s affordable to think about that this Lockhart console shall be provided in the same approach to entice folks into Microsoft’s subscription choices. Microsoft can also be bundling its Project xCloud recreation streaming know-how into Xbox Game Pass later this 12 months, in one more effort to bolster its subscription service.