Called Lockhart, this console would incorporate most of the improvements brought by the new generation of Xbox Series X. Today, a document from Microsoft was released on Twitter, with multiple references.
Rumors that Microsoft is offering a smaller, cheaper version of the Xbox Series X are not new. Recently, we reported that an announcement would be made next July.
An Xbox Series S?
The Xbox Series X is not even out yet that Microsoft would soon consider offering a more modest version. A practice widely used for the current generation of consoles, with the Xbox One S All Digital.
In a document from Microsoft which has just been published on Twitter, we talk about the Lockhart project and several ” Project Scarlett consoles”. Note that the files also include a reference to ” Anaconda “, the code name for the Series X.
According to Tom Warren of The Verge , the Lockhart project could run on the same processor as the Series X. This is new, since previous rumors described a console halfway between the One and the next Series X. The components would be taken over, but with a reduced impact power.
Microsoft could also respond to Sony’s PlayStation 5 Digital Edition , a version of the future console without a disk drive, whose price should be lower than that of the standard model.
We could, therefore, expect a totally digital Xbox Series S, and even less expensive than its competitor. Some rumors also suggest an aggressive price between 199 and 299 €.
What about real performance?
Naturally, such a document does not tell us much about the technical characteristics of the possible future console. The Xbox development kit includes a ” special Lockhart mode “, the activation of which, according to sources, would reduce the performance of the kit to the standards that Microsoft plans to reach with the potential Xbox Series S
The first returns speak of 7.5 GB of usable RAM, a slightly under-clocked ( underclocked ) CPU speed and around 4 teraflops of performance. This is much less than the 13.5 GB of usable RAM and the 12 teraflops of the Xbox Series X. This configuration would be made available to developers to optimize their future titles, on both consoles.
While the next generation uses 4K resolution and 60 FPS, this more modest version would opt for 1080p or 1440p.
It remains to be seen whether Microsoft will launch this console at the same time as the flagship products of this end of the year.