Microsoft Is Developing a Cheaper Version of the Xbox Series X

Joanna Estrada
June 29, 2020

Sony has come out bragging up the 10.3 TFLOPs inside of its next-gen PlayStation 5 console, and while some say the PS5 is "technically" less powerful than Xbox Series X - it's a fair chunk less powerful than Microsoft's new Xbox Series X.

The rumored console is now in development under the codename "Lockhart" and serves as a cheaper alternative to the anticipated console.

The Xbox Series X has already got the PS5 beat when it comes to technical specifications, but apparently the gap could be even wider on paper, if Microsoft had copied Sony's approach to clock speeds. It's expected to have a 1TB NVMe SSD, 16GB of pricey GDDR6 RAM (13.5 GB usable), an 8-core AMD Zen 2 CPU, and a next-generation RDNA 2 GPU from AMD capable of putting out a whopping 12.155 teraflops.

Ronald also implied that the PS5's variable clock speeds don't tell the full story, and that developers won't benefit from the fluctuating power of the PS5's GPU.

Speaking in an interview with Spanish site Xataka, Jason Ronald explains that the reason Sony has managed to close the distance on the Xbox Series X is simply because the PS5 uses variable clock speeds. The console has been rumoured for some time and often mentioned in the same breath as Project Scarlett.

A second picture shows that the Scarlet Dev Kit is capable of both "AnacondaProfiling" and "LockhartProfiling modes". As Warren noted on Twitter in March, the Xbox Series X has a snake etched into its main board, all but confirming that it is Anaconda. Instead, it's just been the subject of rumours. The Xbox Series S will reportedly support gaming at 1080p and 1440p in comparison to the Xbox Series X which supports 4K resolution. In the same document, there's a reference to both Xbox Series X and Xbox Series X. Now we have some proof to show that the Xbox Series S is indeed real, thanks to Microsoft's own documentation for developers.

Retailing at a much lower price point, the Xbox Series S is expected to feature an underclocked CPU, utilize less power, and require less expensive thermal solutions. In fact, we have been hearing about the Lockhart for the past year or so. It might seem insane that Microsoft would push people away from its more expensive product, but it's actually to the company's advantage: a disk-free version means all software sales go through Microsoft's own download store, while simultaneously killing the pre-owned market stone dead.

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