The successor to the Xbox One X is on the horizon Microsoft plans to reveal two new consoles at E3 this year, according to insiders, including a cheaper digital-only model.
Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 director defends past comments after loot boxes are addedEver since Sony said they wouldn’t be attending E3 this year it created an open goal for Microsoft to use the yearly trade show for their own ends, and it looks like they’re taking full advantage of the opportunity.
Other rumours today suggest that Microsoft may be planning to announce an industry-shattering partnership with Nintendo, but many assume they’ll also use the event in June to unveil the successor to the Xbox One.
Microsoft already announced they were working on multiple consoles at last year’s E3, presumed to be both an entry level model and the next gen equivalent of the Xbox One X.
Previous rumours suggested these are codenamed Lockhart and Anaconda, with supposed technical specifications already having been leaked.
Next gen Xbox specs
Lockhart specsCPU: Custom 8 cores – 16 zen threads 2GPU: Custom NAVI 4+ teraflopsRAM: 12GB of GDDR6 memoryStorage: 1TB NVMe 1+ GB/s SSD hard drive
Anaconda specsCPU: Custom 8 cores – 16 zen threads 2GPU: Custom NAVI 12+ teraflopsRAM: 16GB of GDDR6 memoryStorage: 1TB NVMe 1+ GB/s SSD hard drive
And now French website JeuxVideo has leaked its own information which matches up closely to the previous details and suggests that Lockhart will, as already rumoured, have no disc drive and be digital-only.
That will help make the console as cheap as possible and will also align with Microsoft’s plans for streaming all its games via Project xCloud.
The Anaconda model (remember, these won’t be their final names) will have a disc drive though, while both models will feature an SSD hard drive to enable faster loading times.
The leaked specs – which, even if they’re true, are no doubt subject to change – are below but the non-technical short story is that the Lockhart is aimed at pumping out only 1080p graphics, while the Anaconda will handle 4K.
There’s a surprisingly big difference in power between the models, much more so than between the Xbox One S and Xbox One X, which suggests that the Lockhart will be very cheap (or that these rumours are false).
The Lockhart has no price estimate at the moment but the Anaconda will apparently be similar to the Xbox One X, at around £400.
JeuxVideo also claim that the two consoles will be released at the end of 2020 and that Halo Infinite will be a launch title, which is what most people have assumed for a while now but has never been confirmed by Microsoft.
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