The specs for Xbox’s next-gen consoles have reportedly leaked, and if true, Microsoft is gearing up for an exciting E3 2019.
The leak, from French gaming site Jeux Video (via VG 24/7), supports previous rumors that Xbox is planning for a dual release of next-gen consoles as part of its “Scarlet” initiative. Those consoles, code-named “Lockhart” and “Anaconda,” will provide consumers with a choice between a more affordable, less powerful console and a beefier but more expensive option respectively.
According to the leak, both consoles will have SSD drives, 1 TB of storage, and 8-core CPUs. That’s about all they have in common, however. Lockart, with its 12GB of GDDR6 RAM and custom NAVI graphics card with 4 teraflops, will be a disc-less console focused entirely on downloading and streaming games (probably through Project xCloud) and will be locked to a native 1080p resolution. Anaconda, meanwhile, will offer native 4K, with a 12-teraflop custom NAVI graphics card and 16 GB of GDDR6 RAM.
Anaconda will be priced at around $500 at launch, bringing it in line with the Xbox One X’s launch price. Lockhart didn’t have a price attached to it yet. That most certainly means that the Xbox One X will see a price cut around the time these consoles launch. As for how both consoles will stack up against the One X, Xbox boss Phil Spencer previously stated that framrerate and game install times are two areas where consoles can improve in general. If both consoles can hit 60 fps no matter what the resolution, that would be a start, but an even faster framerate would be a major selling point for the Anaconda, at least.
Both consoles are expected to launch in 2020 and will debut at E3 2019, according to the report. Jeux Video also stated that Halo Infinite will serve as a launch title for both consoles, but it will also be available on current Xbox One consoles and offer cross-platform play between both generations of consoles. On top of that, Ninja Theory is expected to launch its first exclusive title as an Xbox Game Studios studio in early 2020, so we’re almost certainly going to see that at E3 2019 as well if the rumors are true.
It’s somewhat surprising that one of Xbox’s next-gen consoles won’t offer native 4K resolution, but it makes sense if its focus is on streaming and pushing Project xCloud. Another Xbox One console is supposed to launch in the spring of this year that, similar to Lockhart, will act as a digital-only box but with a reduced price point of $200 or less. If true, this console could give us some insight into how Microsoft plans to balance and market multiple consoles across multiple generations at the same time.