Expect an announcement at this year’s E3 2019.
We are almost at the end of another console generation that started with the release of the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 in 2013. While Sony has opted not to join at this year’s E3, word has it that Microsoft is prepping for a reveal at what to expect on the next generation of the Xbox.
Sources suggest that there will be two next-gen Xbox’s to be announced: a standard version codenamed Lockhart like the Xbox One S and a more powerful version called Anaconda similar to the Xbox One X. French site JeuxVideo confirmed the specifications, which could give us a peek at how powerful these machines are.
Lockhart will feature a custom 8-core CPU along with 4+ Teraflops GPU. There’s also 12 GB of GDDR6 RAM plus 1 TB SSD storage. It is worth noting that is similar to the current specs of the Xbox One X which gives you an overview of how powerful these consoles have become.
Next is Anaconda with a similar custom 8-core CPU but it will now have a faster GPU featuring 12+ Teraflops. Memory has also been increased to 16 GB GDDR6 with the same 1 TB SSD.
These are some pretty powerful hardware for a console. It could be safe to say that these consoles will support 4K HDR gaming natively and will still hopefully be compatible with 4K Blu-ray playback as well.
It was also revealed on the report that the more powerful Xbox will be priced in the same bracket as the Xbox One X, which at the moment is about 2,000 AED. Halo Infinite is largely rumored to be one of the launch titles for the console.
If we follow every generation’s current cycle, we can expect new Xbox’s to be in stores by late 2020.
I felt kind of surprised that the seven-year cycle for console generations is almost up – but with the case of this current generation consoles, mid-hardware upgrades have happened in between which could either extend the lineup for a few more years.
More details should be available once Microsoft officially announces it – and we’ll be on standby.