Currently Microsoft is still developing the Xbox One consoles that were first announced in May 2013. The Xbox One is the successor to the Xbox 360 and the third console in Microsofts Xbox line-up. It was first released in November 2013.
According to website Windows Central, Microsoft is planning on launching two new consoles to be the successor to the Xbox One codenamed Anaconda and Lockhart.
Anaconda will deliver a design that’s similar to the current Xbox One X. However, it will have faster processors and better graphics cars from AMD. Microsoft is deciding whether to bundle solid-state drives in the device, which would allow for the console to access and start playing games more quickly.
The second model, called Lockhart, will apparently be a cheaper version of Anaconda, similar to the Xbox One S. Not much is known about Lockhart, but since its expected to be cheaper than the other model, it will most likely offer lesser specs and power. Windows Central says both consoles will be shipping with backward compatibility. Making Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One games playable on the next-generation of Microsoft consoles.
At launch of the Xbox One, it did not have backward compatibility with original Xbox or Xbox 360 games. Backward compatibility was planned for launch of the Xbox One, but were put on hold and launched without it. It wasn’t until E3 2015 that Microsoft announced they were allowing backward compatibility on Xbox One with 100 titles available by the end of 2015. Even then, the console was having issues with backward compatibility. It has improved over time with launches of new backward compatible games each month with Games with Gold.
The new consoles are expected to incorporate Microsoft’s xCloud game-streaming service as well. Microsoft has already said that it wants to make a big push in cloud-based gaming and distribution. There appears to be a good chance that that will happen in the next generation of Microsoft hardware.
According to the report, Microsoft’s hardware will ship in 2020. But to generate more revenue with the Xbox One version consoles, Microsoft is considering a disc-less version of the Xbox One S for next year. The device could be announced as early as January with a release of Spring 2019, according to the report.