Microsoft Is Developing a Cheaper Version of the Xbox Series X

Ruben Fields
June 29, 2020

The Xbox Series X is old news - now, folks want to know about the Xbox Series S.

There's also the not-insignificant possibility that there is no Xbox Series S. While the evidence this time around is compelling, it's worth noting that the vast majority of "low-powered Xbox" rumors over the years have been pure fabrication.

We already know that the Xbox Series X boasts 12.1 teraflops of computational power, which bests the PlayStation 5's 10.3 teraflops, but the gap could have been even greater according to Jason Ronald, director of program management for Xbox Series X.

The PS5 is a singularly unique-looking console with an aesthetic that has divided fans.

But what about the one area where the PS5 does come out on top when placed head-to-head with the Xbox Series X, the speed of its SSD? It doesn't want to promise the Xbox Lockhart will also hit the performance targets set for the Xbox Series X, though this is purely conjecture. That's where Lockhart comes in. There were two rumoured codenames under Project Scarlett: Anaconda and Lockhart.

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Will the Xbox Series X be able to take advantage of the extra graphical grunt it has over the PS5, then? Instead, it's just been the subject of rumours. "The important thing is the gaming experiences that developers can build".

The leaked documents have already popped up on Twitter, you can check them out below. In the same document, there's a reference to both Xbox Series X and Xbox Series X. According to the report, the Xbox Series S (or Lockhart, if you prefer) was originally going to be an E3 reveal.

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. A third of the teraflops it won't be churning out 60 frames per second at 4K. That's less than what the current Xbox One X is capable of, and resolutions more common for popular gaming monitors than TVs. And now that Sony has revealed its disc-less PS5 Digital Edition, Microsoft may want to have a low-priced next-gen console to get players in the door.

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.

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