Microsoft's Upcoming Xbox Consoles (Anaconda, Lockhart, Maverick) Could Be A Big Threat To Sony
The next-gen console war between Microsoft and Sony is definitely going to be a big one. That’s for sure.
In the current-gen console war, it’s safe to say that Sony won. By the end of 2017, Sony sold over 73 million units while Microsoft sold about 30 million Xbox One consoles.
However, for the next-gen console war, it seems that Microsoft could end up as the winner. Apparently, Microsoft will have three new consoles coming. These are the Scarlett Pro “Anaconda”, Scarlett Arcade “Lockhart”, and a new mysterious product codenamed “Maverick”.
The Scarlett Pro “Anaconda”
The Scarlett Pro “Anaconda” will be the high-end one, the follow-up to the Xbox One X. According to reports, it will reportedly “set the benchmark for console gaming” and will be at least be a 4K, 60fps powerhouse. Its dev kit is codenamed “Danta”.
The Scarlett Arcade “Lockhart”
The Scarlett Arcade “Lockhart” will be less powerful compared to the Scarlett Pro and cheaper, and will be the follow-up to the Xbox One S. It is also reported to be around as powerful as the current Xbox One X hardware-wise along with some refinements under the hood.
For this console, its background is a little bit complicated. Some refer it as “Xbox Two ‘Maverick’”, while some say it’s not part of the Scarlett family. Whichever it is, one thing they all agreed upon on is that it’s going to be released in 2019.
As for its specs and features, it will not feature an optical disc drive and is being designed to run the next edition of Microsoft’s cloud platform, which is codenamed “Anthem V2”. As for its price, this console will be cheaper than both the Anaconda and Lockhart.
When Can We Expect These Consoles?
We already mentioned the Maverick is going to be released in 2019 – Thurrott predicts it could be released in spring. As for Anaconda and Lockhart, Windows Central reports that these consoles are reportedly aiming for a holiday debut.
Aside from the consoles, there’s Roma. This is said to be a ‘digital attach’ feature for the Xbox.
There’s also AMD who will be building the chips for the next-gen consoles. The chips are presumably based on AMD Zen 2 and will also use next-gen GPU architecture as well.
And lastly, there’s GameCore. The main goal of this feature is to make it easier for developers to build games faster and have more built-in functionality out of the dev kit box.
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