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New Xbox consoles rumored for reveal at E3 2019; leaked specs feature custom AMD Navi GPUs

The next-generation of Xbox consoles will feature next-generation chips from AMD. (Source: NDTV Gadgets)
The next-generation of Xbox consoles will feature next-generation chips from AMD. (Source: NDTV Gadgets)
There is a rumor that Microsoft will take center stage at E3 2019 by revealing the expected new Xbox consoles. The consoles, codenamed Lockhart and Anaconda, are believed to feature SSDs, custom CPUs based on AMD’s Zen 2 microarchitecture, and custom Navi-based GPUs. However, the release schedule for the latest Xbox hardware is still a long way off: End of 2020.

Microsoft has a chance to mop up the plaudits this year at E3 2019, especially as one of its fiercest console rivals, Sony, will not be in attendance. There has been plenty reported about the company’s work on Xbox Scarlett, and it seems that project features two devices: The disc-less Lockhart and the cutting-edge Anaconda. Both of these devices could make an appearance at E3.

According to some leaked specs, the Lockhart variant of the next-generation Xbox consoles will operate with a custom chip from AMD with eight cores (16 threads) based on 7 nm Zen 2 microarchitecture. Along with that, the Lockhart will apparently have 12 GB of GDDR6 memory, a 1 TB NVMe 1+ GB/s SSD, and a custom AMD Navi GPU offering 4+ teraflops. This console will use a streaming and downloading system for games.

The Anaconda variant of the Xbox Scarlett family blows the Lockhart out of the water. The leaked specs mention the same AMD CPU as the likely cheaper console, but the GPU is much more powerful. This custom AMD Navi chip offers 12+ teraflops, and the Anaconda also comes with more RAM too (16 GB GDDR6). The amount and type of storage listed is identical, but this unit also has a traditional disc drive. A price of US$500 has been suggested for this Xbox model, which is similar to what the Xbox One cost at its launch.

The information and specifications above are based on rumors and leaks, and there is a good chance many of them will drastically change, considering the Lockhart and Anaconda Xbox consoles aren’t expected to be released until the end of 2020. But at least gamers can apparently look forward to enjoying Halo Infinite at the same time as the Project Scarlett Xbox devices are finally released.

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Daniel R Deakin, 2019-03- 1 (Update: 2019-03- 1)