The Xbox One has been available for almost six years now, and the attention is turning to its successor. Fans want to know what the next Xbox console will offer them and how it will improve their gaming and entertainment experiences. According to a new report, fans may not have long to wait to find out.
In a new report from the French publication Jeuxvideo (translated via Google Translate) claimed that Microsoft is planning to unveil the next Xbox at E3 2019 in June. Apparently, two new Xbox consoles will be announced–the high-end Xbox code-named Anaconda and a more affordable version called Xbox Lockhart, which is also a code-name.
Both consoles will supposedly feature 1 TB storage and the same CPU, but the Xbox Anaconda will have 16GB of RAM compared to the Xbox Lockhart's 12GB RAM. Another major difference is that the Xbox Lockhart will not have a disc drive, and games will be accessed via digital download or streaming. If the information from the report is accurate, then both systems will be out in 2020.
Additionally, it is said that Halo Infinite–that is, the Halo game that was announced at E3 2018–will be a launch title for the next Xbox. At launch, it seems as if fans will also be able to play a new game from Ninja Theory. Ninja Theory, which developed Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, is one of several game development studios that Microsoft now owns, and this launch title would be the first game since that acquisition.
The information in the report is unconfirmed, but it does come not long after Xbox boss Phil Spencer teased the company's big plans for E3 2019. The announcement of two next-generation consoles and a launch title within a hugely popular franchise would make good on those teasers.
It also follows other rumors about Microsoft's plans for the next Xbox. Several analysts and reports have said that the next Xbox would be released in 2020. However, there have been mixed opinions on whether Microsoft would unveil the console(s) at E3 2019 or during E3 2020.
Analysts also agree that the next Xbox will likely focus on game streaming, as Microsoft continues to develop its Project xCloud platform. If Microsoft really is making an Xbox console without a disc drive that only supports digital downloads and streaming,it would show the company's confidence in its streaming infrastructure. While Microsoft's plans remain up for speculation right now, all of the rumors suggest that Xbox fans could have lots to get excited about.