We now have even more clues about second next-generation Xbox, likely codenamed Lockhart. This comes to us from a Microsoft document, which contains references to Xbox Lockhart. Officially, Microsoft has only announced the Xbox Series X as their next-generation console. However, it’s a foregone conclusion that the will announce another console at this point.
Microsoft Document Drops More References To Xbox Lockhart
Twitter user @XB1_HexDecimal posted images from the XDK/GDK release notes for June 2020. These images show clear references to Lockhart. This adds even more evidence to what is already a mountain full of leaks and hints regarding Xbox Lockhart.
Microsoft is likely going to call it the Xbox Series S. They started the “S” and “X” branding with the Xbox One S and the Xbox One X in the previous generation. This second next-gen Xbox is also going to be completely digital, i.e., it won’t have a 4K Blu-ray drive.
Xbox Lockhart Might Be A Digital Console
Microsoft themselves have release something similar in the past, with the Xbox One S All-Digitial Edition. Even Sony is providing a disclose next-generation console with the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition. Microsoft doing something similar with their next-gen Xbox lineup would make complete sense.
The Verge is also reporting the potential specs of the Xbox Lockhart. Their sources tell them that Lockhart “includes 7.5GB of usable RAM, a slightly underclocked CPU speed, and around 4 teraflops of GPU performance.”
Xbox Lockhart Won’t Be As Powerful As Xbox Series X
Xbox Series X, on the other hand, includes 13.5GB of usable RAM and boasts 12 teraflops of GPU performance. This means that Xbox Lockhart will be significantly less powerful than the Xbox Series X. However, this may allow Microsoft to make it much cheaper, while still letting it play all the games and that Xbox Series X can run, as well as support services like Xbox Live.
These games definitely won’t look as sharp as they would on the Xbox Series X, though. Microsoft is likely targeting 1080p or 1440p gaming with Xbox Lockhart. Both Microsoft and Sony are releasing two different versions of their next-gen console.
We also saw them both release the Ps4 Pro and the Xbox One X this generation. So, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 generation may end up being the last time we got a single console from these companies.