Microsoft’s Xbox Series S (code name Lockhart): What we know, what we expect

    Microsoft got here clear about its next-generation sport console, the Xbox Series X, final March. Or they least revealed particulars about its internal components. Now, consideration is being targeted on “Lockhart,” the code identify for what most assume is a less expensive and fewer highly effective model of the Xbox Series X.

    That Microsoft ought to have a second model of the Xbox Series X isn’t any shock; as we speak, Microsoft sells a $299 Xbox One S as a less expensive various to the $399 Xbox One X. It’s doable, then, that Microsoft might merely name this next-gen console the Xbox Series S, a reputation that’s already caught amongst lovers.

    News of the cheaper console has been slowly leaking out, so let’s speak about what we all know, what we don’t, and what’s probably.

    Microsoft’s Xbox One S: A transition between the unique Xbox One and the Xbox One X.

    When will we see the Xbox Series S (Lockhart)?

    Microsoft is anticipated to roll out each the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S (Lockhart) in time for the 2020 vacation purchasing season. Until then, we should wait—almost definitely till August, when Eurogamer reports Microsoft is anticipated to announce the Xbox Series S in a webcast much like its on-line announcement of the Xbox Series X.

    Everyone tends to gloss over the truth that the coronavirus pandemic has impacted Microsoft simply as a lot as its prospects. Microsoft’s launch of its Surface Book 3 was delayed due to provide points, and it’s probably that the Xbox Series S has been affected to some extent as nicely. Heck, Lockhart’s existence was even unsure: a yr in the past,’s Brad Sams was reporting that Lockhart’s existence was ”scrubbed clean,” however now Lockhart references are showing up in Microsoft’s developer documentation. 

    And simply to be clear—although we all know what the Xbox Series X seems like, we don’t know what to anticipate with the Series S (Lockhart).

    Xbox Series X Microsoft

    Microsoft’s Xbox Series X. Will the Xbox Series S (Lockhart) look the identical?

    How quick is the Xbox Series S?

    For now, we should put all comparisons of the Xbox Series S (Lockhart) within the context of what we learn about Microsoft’s different consoles, together with the present Xbox One S in addition to the forthcoming Series X. According to Microsoft, the Xbox Series X will include an 8-core, 16-thread version of AMD’s Ryzen CPU, working at a locked clock velocity. It will run at at 3.8GHz if a sport makes use of simply the CPU’s eight bodily cores, or 3.66GHz if builders faucet its 16 threads. According to Microsoft’s Phil Spencer, the pinnacle of its Xbox division, that interprets to 12 teraflops of computing energy.

    Since the unique Xbox One S used the identical 1.75GHz 8-core Jaguar CPU as the unique Xbox One, the distinction between the 2 lay throughout the GPU, which was barely upclocked to 914MHz. All this implies is that there was an enormous hole between the efficiency of the Xbox One S (1.4 teraflops) and the Xbox One X (6 teraflops).

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