Leaked Microsoft document cements theory of second next-gen console
Codenamed Lockhart, the cheaper, less powerful model could be the first in a range of “Project Scarlett consoles”, and points to a key part of Microsoft’s pricing strategy.
Project Scarlett, Microsoft’s original name for its Xbox Series X console, has been long rumoured to encompass two next-gen consoles under the names Anaconda and Lockhart.
In March, curious technophiles were quick to discover that etched in the Xbox Series X mainboard is an Anaconda, leading to rumours that the release of a second console, Lockhart, was still on the cards.
Now, a newly leaked Microsoft document posted on Twitter has reignited the claims, detailing a Lockhart profiling mode as part of the Xbox Series X developer kit.
— TitleOS (@XB1_HexDecimal) June 26, 2020
This mode will allow developers to test out their games at the performance Microsoft aims to achieve with its next console, understood to be around half the offering in terms of RAM (7.5GB versus Xbox Series X 13.5GB), as well as a slightly slower CPU speed.
The second console will of course be offered at a lower price point for gaming at 1080p or 1440p, two of the most popular resolutions used by PC gaming monitors.
Whilst Microsoft has yet to acknowledge the existence of Lockhart, the name can also be found within the Xbox One’s OS alongside references to Anaconda and Dante.
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The industry expects that Lockhart will be released at the same time as the Xbox Series X, perhaps under the name Xbox Series S, explaining why Microsoft trademarked the Xbox Series branding.
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