Microsoft is still entirely silent about the weaker next-gen Xbox.
We’ve discussed the weaker next-gen Xbox (codename: Lockhart) a couple of times before, and likely for a good reason: Microsoft will possibly reveal the allegedly surprisingly small console. But The Verge’s Tom Warren wrote a couple of things about the weaker next-gen machine, which we intentionally call Xbox Series S. After all, there’s an Xbox One S and an Xbox One X…
Until now, Warren claimed that the Xbox Series S’ CPU’s clock speed is slightly lower than what the Xbox Series X has. Now, he rectified his claim by the following tweet: „I’ve been reporting on Xbox Lockhart having a slightly underclocked CPU, but I now believe it’s the same speed as Series X. Just different GPU frequencies and CU [computing unit] count.” He believes that developers can choose whether they want to make their games run on 1080p at 60 frames per second, or they can go for 1440p, but with a 30 FPS frame rate. He adds that this was always Microsoft’s plan.
On The Verge, we also see more details about the Xbox Series X’ dev kit, named Dante. It has a special Lockhart profile, that reveals possible hardware specs of the Xbox Series X. 7.5 GB of available RAM, as well as a weaker GPU (which should also be AMD Radeon Navi, RDNA2-based) performance, hitting 4 TFLOPS. (In comparison, the PlayStation 4 Pro is capable of 4.2 TFLOPS. Thus, it’s weaker than the 2016’s mid-gen „PS4.5.” The Xbox Series X can hit 12.) „Developers will be able to use this Lockhart mode to test their games against this performance profile and do validation checks. Microsoft is expected to position its Lockhart console for 1080p or 1440p gaming, two of the most popular resolutions used by PC gaming monitors currently,” the site says. Warren added on Twitter that the weaker console will not be that much cheaper. Oh no.
The Xbox Series X, and possibly the Xbox Series S will launch this Holiday season.
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