So it would seem odd that Microsoft would make a next-generation Xbox that would be less powerful than a current-generation console.
Rumors have circulated around Xbox's intentions to release a second console alongside the Series X but the company has yet to publicly acknowledge Lockhart. Extra evidence has surfaced that the so-called Xbox Series S (aka Project Lockhart) is in the works, thanks to information uncovered in release notes for the 2020 version of Microsoft's Game Development Kit.
Those specs reportedly include "7.5GB of usable RAM, a slightly underclocked CPU speed, and around 4 teraflops of GPU performance", as compared to Xbox Series X's targets for 13.5GB of usable ram and 12 teraflops of GPU performance.
The leak of documents created for game developers included reference to a Lockhart profiling mode. "Xbox All Access is going to be critical to both our launch for Xbox Series X as well as just the overall generation", Spencer said. According to The Verge today, it confirmed via anonymous "sources familiar with Microsoft's Xbox plans" that the Xbox developer kit does include a "special Lockhart mode". There were two rumoured codenames under Project Scarlett: Anaconda and Lockhart.
Other rumors have suggested that an Xbox Series S could be half the price of the $400 Xbox Series X. This price will likely be achieved by having the Xbox Series S run games at 1080p with frame rates that might run from 30fps to 60fps.
Meanwhile, adventure game Call of the Sea will be able to support a 4K resolution as well as raytracing to help bring its island setting to life.
Microsoft has been rumoured to launch a more affordable and less powerful Xbox console, codenamed "Lockhart" since previous year. We previously heard rumours of an "affordable" Xbox Series X being announced in May, but that didn't come to pass.