Before the coronavirus, Microsoft had ambitious plans for the launch of its two next-gen consoles.
According to a report from Thurrott, Microsoft initially planned for Xbox Series X to launch in late August. Xbox Lockhart would later follow in mid-October.
Coronavirus obviously altered these plans dramatically, but it’s interesting that Microsoft originally planned to launch earlier than the usual November spot.
Though the site isn’t quite ready to believe recent reports that Lockhart will be unveiled in August, it does say that the plan was indeed for it to be announced at a since-cancelled June event. Although Lockhart is less powerful than Xbox Series X, it won’t simply be a smaller tower.
Thurrott believes Lockhart will look like a more traditional console, similar to Xbox One X. It’s basing this on an interesting Microsoft policy, which asks developers to disguise the console whenever they travel with it.
For Xbox Series X, Microsoft advised that it should be disguised in a PC tower case, whereas Lockhart can be disguised in an Xbox One S/X cover. Thurrott took this to mean that Lockhart will sport a horizontal design.
This obviously doesn’t tell us much, but it indicates that Microsoft opted for a unique motherboard design for Lockhart, not simply a cut down version of Series X’s. Given Lockhart’s performance target, the cooling could, too, be altogether be different.
First-party games are the focus of this month’s Xbox event, though we do hope we get more hardware news.