Leaked Microsoft Document Refers to Second Next-Gen Xbox

The Xbox Series X may be one of two consoles Microsoft is planning for a holiday 2020 release.
The Xbox Series X may be one of two consoles Microsoft is planning for a holiday 2020 release. | Courtesy of Microsoft

A second, less powerful next-generation Xbox appears to be in development at Microsoft, according to a leaked internal document that appeared online Friday.

The console, code-named Lockhart, will bring many of next-gen improvements made with the Xbox Series X at a lower price point, for play at 1080p or 1440p.

Before Microsoft revealed the Xbox Series X, it referred to its next-gen plans collectively as Project Scarlett. Rumors suggested Project Scarlett encompassed two consoles, codenamed Anaconda and Lockhart.

An anaconda etched onto the Xbox Series X mainboard suggests it to be Anaconda, but Microsoft never publicly addressed its plans for the rumored Lockhart. References to Lockhart, as well as to Anaconda and the Xbox Series X developer kit, codenamed Dante, appear in the Xbox One's operating system.

Sources familiar with the console told The Verge that Dante will allow developers to enable a Lockhart mode that has a profile of the performance marks Microsoft wants to reach. The Verge reported those benchmarks as 7.5GB of usable RAM, a slightly underclocked CPU speed, and about 4 teraflops of GPU performance.

For reference, the Xbox Series X's hardware includes 13.5GB of usable RAM and targets 12 teraflops of GPU performance.

Developers will be able to use the Lockhart profile in the developer kit to test their games' performance.

Lockhart will reportedly launch alongside the Xbox Series X and will likely be named "Xbox Series S."

Microsoft plans to release the Xbox Series X in holiday 2020.