Xbox Series X/Lockhart is real and it will target 1080p and 1440p gaming according to the latest reports. The console will have 7.5GB of usable RAM, a slightly underclocked CPU speed, and around 4 teraflops of GPU performance.
Rumours about a less powerful Xbox Series X console have been floating around ever since Microsoft officially announced their next-gen hardware as Project Scarlett at E3 2019.
Thanks to some insiders , we know that Microsft have two plans with Xbox Series S - to launch it along with Xbox Series X or to wait and release it a bit later. This, of course, depends on the pricing of Sony's PlayStation 5 console. If the Japanese rival price PS5 a bit higher, then Microsoft will probably save their cheaper variant for later and try to undercut Sony with Xbox Series X instead.
And by the looks of it, Xbox Series S could be very cheap console. According to the latest report from The Verge's Tom Warren, Microsoft want to target 1080p and 1440p resolutions, which are the two most popular resolutions for gaming at the moment.
The hardware which will enable this is as follows:
- 7.5GB of usable RAM.
- A slightly underclocked CPU speed.
- Around 4 teraflops of GPU performance.
As you may know, the Xbox Series X includes 13.5GB of usable RAM, and targets 12 teraflops of GPU performance. A major difference for sure but keep in mind that Series X is designed for 4K gaming and high frame-rates with ray tracing.
Warren's report also states that there is a special Lockhart mode, which 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," the article states.
As we already mentioned, Microsoft are yet to announce Series S console but that could change as we get closer to Holiday 2020 season, when both next-gen Xbox and PlayStation will finally arrive.