New reports in 2020 suggest that Microsoft is planning to release a low-budget version of the Xbox Series X, which will be replacing the current Xbox One consoles later this year. Dubbed the Xbox Series S, the new machine will reportedly be less powerful than what has been confirmed for the Xbox Series X. We’ve heard rumours before about Project Lockhart, which are eerily similar to this new Xbox Series S console.
But Microsoft has so far denied any plans to launch such a device as part of its next-gen lineup.
This latest report comes from China and claims that the Xbox Series S will only have a third of the GPU power planned for Xbox Series X.
According to Notebookcheck, the price of this new Xbox console will be much lower and the lack of power will be made up through the use of AMD’s advanced RDNA technology.
RDNA will be better than the current GCN 4 architecture, which will reportedly provide a better experience than the current Xbox One X, with its 6 TLFOPS.
The good news is that this latest report claims that an announcement will be made by Microsoft soon, meaning we shouldn’t have to wait long to find out if it is true or not.
The idea that Microsoft is planning a second, cheaper console makes sense but it could also make things more complicated when it comes to marketing the devices.
The tech giant certainly won’t want consumers to get mixed up between the Xbox Series X and Series S, especially if one if much less powerful than the other.
2020 is already shaping up to be a challenging year for tech companies, as they face issues created by the Coronavirus. Microsoft recently confirmed in a statement that it expects its revenue to be affected by the outbreak, although no reference was made to the Xbox business.
“As Microsoft closely monitors the impact of the COVID-19 health emergency, our top priority remains the health and safety of our employees, customers, partners, and communities.
“On Jan. 29, as part of our second quarter of fiscal year 2020 earnings call, we issued quarterly revenue guidance for our More Personal Computing segment between $10.75 and $11.15 billion, which included a wider than usual range to reflect uncertainty related to the public health situation in China.
“Although we see strong Windows demand in line with our expectations, the supply chain is returning to normal operations at a slower pace than anticipated at the time of our Q2 earnings call.
“As a result, for the third quarter of fiscal year 2020, we do not expect to meet our More Personal Computing segment guidance as Windows OEM and Surface are more negatively impacted than previously anticipated. All other components of our Q3 guidance remain unchanged.”
Meanwhile, in other related Xbox One news, Microsoft has confirmed the final closed beta test for Bleeding Edge. The full game has a release date set for March 24, 2020, meaning there won’t be much of a wait between gameplay tests.
Next Friday will see the start of the new Bleeding Edge beta test which is scheduled to run until March 16, or whatever local time has been listed. This will be available to all pre-order customers across Xbox One, Windows 10 and Steam.
And as an added bonus, anyone with a valid Xbox Game Pass subscription will also have the same access privileges.
A message from Microsoft adds: “Our second and final closed beta is coming soon, running March 13 to 16. Be sure to pre-order Bleeding Edge on Xbox One, Windows 10 or Steam, or become an Xbox Game Pass member if you’d like to play!
“We’ll release more information on upcoming features, server times and pre-install soon so stay tuned here to Xbox Wire for all of the latest Bleeding Edge news.”
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