Project Lockhart Might Compete With Xbox Series X After All

Lockhart is believed to be a weaker alternative to the Xbox Series X. But the latest news suggests it might be more powerful than initially thought.
Can Lockhart Offer the Same Next-Gen Experience as Xbox Series X?
Will Project Lockhart deliver the gift of accessibility? Only time will tell. | Image: Source: Xbox Lockhart concept/Reddit
  • Project Lockhart might compete with the Xbox Series X after all.
  • Boasting similar parts, it may just be weaker in resolution.
  • Will Lockhart earn its place with this news?

It’s long been known that Microsoft is probably working on a lower-powered alternative to the Xbox Series X. A weaker box could be cheaper and fit in with Microsoft’s vision for accessibility, as well as justify a higher-priced main console.

That said, Lockhart might be more powerful than initially thought.

Xbox Series X and Its Younger Sibling

According to Verge editor Tom Warren, Lockhart’s CPU will likely be the same speed as the Series X. The difference will be in GPU and CU counts.

Verge Editor Tom Warren
Lockhart speculation. | Source: Twitter

According to Polygon’s co-founder, Arthur Gies, this means Lockhart will stick with a stable framerate at a lower resolution than the Xbox Series X.

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A Twitter user speculates about Lockhart’s specs. | Source: Twitter

This is smart.

Essentially, Lockhart and Series X can both play next-gen games. Only the new box will play at 4k. Unfortunately, this doesn’t justify the potentially lower frame rates on next-generation systems.

We already know Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla will hit 30fps on next-generation systems. But other titles will suffer as devs target 4k over playable framerates. Could Lockhart exist as a 60fps, 1080p alternative?

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With features like Game Pass, most Xbox first-party titles will have to run on consoles from the Xbox One X to the Series X. Lockhart will fit snugly in the middle, and hopefully at an accessible price, too.

Accessibility is Key, But for How Long?

If this is true, Microsoft is giving players options, much like building a PC. That said, consoles are much more approachable than PCs. Could this diversity win Xbox the next-generation bid before it even starts?

There’s still the question of purely next-gen titles, however. Games like Resident Evil 8 have supposedly scrapped releases on previous generations. Will Lockhart be included in that next-gen release? Or will it be left behind for the more powerful box?

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The Xbox Series X has an Anaconda etched in. Will Lockhart have its own identifier? | Source: Twitter

One thing is for sure: Microsoft better make this clear. With an Xbox One X, Xbox Series X, and whatever Lockhart is, many will struggle to know which is best. Let’s hope they realize this and name Lockhart something rational at that.

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