According to a report from Eurogamer, Microsoft plans to reveal a second next-generation Xbox game console by August. The company reportedly had earlier plans to announce the console in June and they had shifted their plans.
The console codenamed Lockhart, is said to be less powerful and affordable than the Xbox Series X. Eurogamer mentions that the game console will be called as Xbox Series S. Devkits of the Xbox Series X, codenamed Dante, lets game developers activate a special Lockhart mode that enables a lower performance for the Xbox Series S.
Rumour has it that Microsoft is looking to keep the same CPU clock speeds for the Lockhart as the Xbox Series X. Reports indicate that Lockhart will feature 7.5GB of RAM and a GPU of 4 TFLOPS computing power. While the performance is far behind that of the Xbox Series X’s 12.147 TFLOP GPU, the Lockhart will target games at 1080p resolution at 60 fps or 1440p at 30 fps. The resolution options will be left to the game developers whether they want to enable them or not.
While Sony and Microsoft have yet to reveal the official prices for the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X, there is no mention of how affordable is the rumoured Xbox Series S. Sony already has revealed that the PS5 will arrive in a disc-based console and a digital-only console but there is no word if the company has any plans to counter the Xbox Series S with a cheaper version of the PlayStation 5. Both the Sony PlayStation 5 and the Microsoft Xbox Series X are designed to target 4K gaming and the rumoured Xbox Series S for players who own HDTVs.