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Microsoft's next-gen consoles reportedly arriving in 2020, codenamed Anaconda and Lockhart

By midian182 · 12 replies
Dec 18, 2018
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  1. Windows Central reports that Microsoft is set to release two new Xbox consoles in 2020 as part of its Scarlett family of next-gen machines. The cheaper device, codenamed Lockhart, is said to be a successor to the Xbox One S, though it will offer performance comparable to the current Xbox One X.

    The Anaconda, meanwhile, will be a more expensive, cutting-edge console that will likely pack some high-end AMD hardware. It might also come with an SSD to reduce games’ loading times, which remain one of the worse elements of consoles. Both next-gen machines will support backward compatibility with Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox One titles, so anyone looking to upgrade can bring their game libraries with them.

    While these consoles are well over a year away, Microsoft could announce a new entry in its gaming machine lineup as soon as next month and launch it by Spring 2019. A disc-less, streaming-only console, which was first reported back in July, features local processing power, allowing it to perform specific game tasks such as controller input, image processing, and collision detection. This is achieved by splitting the game into two portions, which some have referred to as a slice or splice, with one running on the cloud while the other runs on the console.

    Interestingly, Microsoft might also announce a disc-to-digital program alongside its next console. This will convert physical disc libraries into digital ones via participating retailers.

    Microsoft is also focusing on its Project xCloud streaming service, which allows “console quality games” to work across multiple devices including PCs, tablets, and mobiles. Public trials of the service are set to begin next year.

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  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,390   +3,779

    "codename of ‘Anaconda’ ....."
    Because it can choke the buyers wallet to death?
  3. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,694   +438

    Mmm, I wonder if they will no longer do Xbox 2, Xbox 3 but instead adopt the way companies like Nvidia/Intel name their products.

    Consoles really are basically an enclosed, eco-system locked, PC. WTB cross ****ing platform play. Gaming would be HUGE if all servers pulled players from one single pool...
  4. emmzo

    emmzo TS Addict Posts: 181   +75

    Who`s gonna buy the cheaper device if its performance is identical to One X? Just because it`s newer? Who`s gonna buy a dated console anyway for 50$ less?
    Charles Olson likes this.
  5. OutlawCecil

    OutlawCecil TS Guru Posts: 679   +495

    Anxious to see how many features they copy from Nintendo with this model :)
  6. LogiGaming

    LogiGaming TS Addict Posts: 160   +146

    I hope this never happens because there are still games wich I prefer to play on consoles due to hacking problems on PC. I don´t want PC players on same servers as console players. It could be a nightmare. Imagine facing aimbotters or "ESPers" on console.
  7. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 1,550   +1,767

    The backwards compatibility could be interesting, but it doesnt include the full library, just parts of the library for each console.

    MS also still doesnt technically allow you to change your own hard drive, which is an immediate no purchase for me.

    If they were to fix both of these issues, I could see buying one of these for the ability to play OG XBOX games and 360 games on a modern system, as both of mine have long died.
    Charles Olson likes this.
  8. Adi6293

    Adi6293 TS Maniac Posts: 220   +196

    I wont be buying any consoles without a disc drive, I like to have a collection of games on my shelve not Microsofts server, its bad enough I have to buy on Steam.....
  9. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TS Evangelist Posts: 786   +173

    I didn't own an Xbox One because it has no real games on it. Halo, Gears of War, and Forza are not the triforce of gaming, and are all mediocre at best. Hopefully the next generation xbox has a real lineup with exclusives so I can invest in it, otherwise I won't.
  10. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,390   +5,018

    You opened the door. So should we ignore or continue conversing about what you brought up?
  11. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 3,442   +1,909

    You can keep your discs, most people will just download them :D
  12. Footlong

    Footlong TS Addict Posts: 143   +73

    People in developing nations. There is a booming middle class in Latin America, South East Asia and now Africa. They can't afford the latest and most advanced, but they can afford the Xbox One without bluray. Now it is just a matter of pricing their games right, since this generation has a huge catalogue.
  13. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,390   +5,018

    You have to answer my question before I can answer your question. But that is OK, I know you are trolling now.

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