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Leaked Microsoft document Hints at Second Next-gen Xbox

Leaked Microsoft document Hints at Second Next-gen Xbox - Appy Pie

Microsoft has been planning a second, cheaper and less power next-gen Xbox console. The console is codenamed Lockhart and it is designed to take most of the key next-gen improvements found in the Xbox Series X. The company will provide users with high quality consoles at a lower price point for gaming at 1080p or 1440p. A newly leaked Microsoft document, posted on Twitter, includes references to this Lockhart console and multiple Project Scarlett consoles.

Project Scarlett was the name Microsoft originally used to reveal its Xbox Series X console before it was officially named. Rumors had suggested two next-gen consoles under the broader Project Scarlett plans: Anaconda and Lockhart. Microsoft has etched an anaconda snake into the Xbox Series X mainboard, but the company has never publicly discussed its Lockhart plans.

The leaked document also mentions a Lockhart profiling mode. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s Xbox plans told The Verge that this special Lockhart mode is part of the Xbox Series X developer kit. The devkit, codenamed Dante, allows game developers to enable a special Lockhart mode that has a profile of the performance that Microsoft wants to hit with this second console.

This Lockhart mode includes 7.5GB of usable RAM, a slightly underclocked CPU speed, and around 4 teraflops of GPU performance. The Xbox Series X includes 13.5GB of usable RAM, and targets 12 teraflops of GPU performance. Developers will be able to use this Lockhart mode to test their games against this performance profile and do validation checks. Microsoft is expected to position its Lockhart console for 1080p or 1440p gaming, two of the most popular resolutions used by PC gaming monitors currently.

While Microsoft hasn’t acknowledged Lockhart, the codename can also be found in the company’s Xbox One operating system, alongside references to Anaconda and Dante. This second Xbox console will be key to Microsoft’s pricing strategy for the next generation of consoles. Microsoft currently offers an Xbox One S All Digital Edition subscription for $19.99 a month that includes Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

The company has already committed to introducing its Xbox All Access subscription for the Xbox Series X, a bundle that includes a console, Xbox Live, and Xbox Game Pass for a monthly fee. Phil Spencer, Microsoft’s Xbox chief, in a Game Lab Live keynote earlier this week said, “Xbox All Access is going to be critical to both our launch for Xbox Series X as well as just the overall generation.”