Friday, 03 July, 2020


Microsoft Is Developing a Cheaper Version of the Xbox Series X

Melba Vasquez | 29 June, 2020, 22:22

They're both powerful consoles, but Microsoft has the much faster (and not just "technically") console as it is almost 20% more powerful - if you wanted to use the TFLOPs argument, that is. The documents, shared a security researcher who goes by the name of TitleOS on Twitter, shared screenshots from the XDK/GDK release notes for June 2020 that mention "Lockhart". With two platforms, Microsoft could be trying to use the Xbox Lockhart to win customers who are put off by the rumored higher price of the PlayStation 5, while the Xbox Series X is meant to woo console gamers who want more horsepower than that system can offer. It doesn't want to promise the Xbox Lockhart will also hit the performance targets set for the Xbox Series X, though this is purely conjecture.

A new report claims the much-rumoured Xbox Series S (or Xbox Lockhart) will be revealed in August, after it was originally scheduled for an E3 announcement.

For the business strategy point of view, the Xbox Series S aka Lockhart makes a lot of sense.

Last year, before Microsoft unveiled the Xbox Series X, there were rumors of two consoles: Anaconda and Lockhart. While details about the Series S are still limited, The Verge reports that the console will come with 7.5GB of usable RAM and around 4 teraflops of GPU performance.

We already know that the Xbox Series X boasts 12.1 teraflops of computational power, which bests the PlayStation 5's 10.3 teraflops, but the gap could have been even greater according to Jason Ronald, director of program management for Xbox Series X.

Given Sony's already announced an all-digital edition of the PS5 it stands to reason Microsoft would do something very similar, but an underclocked version that's less powerful than the Xbox One X is certainly a bit of a surprise. The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition pretty much came out of nowhere, and didn't radically change the Xbox One's specs, simply removing a (perhaps ancillary) disc drive instead.

The Xbox Series X and the Xbox Lockhart seem as though they're meant to bracket the PlayStation 5 with a platform above and below its price and performance targets.

On paper, this would put the Xbox Lockhart below the Xbox One X, which offers 6 TFLOPS of performance and 9GB of RAM useable by games.

The Indian Express is now on Telegram.

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