At E3 last summer, Xbox head Phil Spencer announced that Microsoft was deep into working on the next generation of Xbox. Then, a few months later, it was reported that the company had two separate consoles, codenamed “Anaconda” and “Lockhart,” in development. Now, according to WCCFtech, via French website Jeuxvideo, Microsoft is planning to unveil these next generation consoles at this year’s E3 in June. With Sony skipping out on E3 2019 due to not having anything new to say, Microsoft looks to seize the opportunity to have the first next generation reveal.
The “Lockhart” console is set to be the cheaper console of the two with similar power to the Xbox One X. The “Anaconda” is set to be a high end and more powerful console. Below are the reported specs of the new consoles:
|CPU||Custom 8 Cores – 16 zen threads 2||Custom 8 Cores – 16 zen threads 2|
|GPU||Custom NAVI 4+ Teraflops||Custom NAVI 12+ Teraflops|
|RAM||12GB of GDDR6 memory||16GB of GDDR6 memory|
|Storage||1TB NVMe 1 + GB / s SSD hard drive||1TB NVMe 1 + GB / s SSD hard drive|
These two consoles are still reportedly set to release in late 2020. To go alongside the new console announcement, Jeuxvideo also reports that the recently revealed Halo Infinite is set to be a launch title for these new systems. Apparently 343 Industries is ready to take Halo in a new direction with Halo Infinite as website Thurrott reports that, “With a brand new game engine, the team behind the game is trying to make the story adapt to decisions the user makes and the game may have more RPG elements than prior versions of the series.” You can check out the Halo Infinite reveal trailer below:
Microsoft has been planning for the future for some time now. Recently, it was reported that the company is planning to expand Xbox Live to Nintendo Switch and mobile devices. Along with this, the company is reportedly planning to release a disc-less version of the Xbox One at some point this year. Last year, Microsoft also announced the cloud based game streaming service, Project xCloud, which will allow for Xbox games to be played on a plethora of different devices.