A rumor has started to go around that apparently two next generation Xbox consoles will be getting revealed at Microsoft’s E3 2019 conference. Halo Infinite, which was announced at E3 2018, will also apparently be a launch title for those consoles. Microsoft has yet to comment on the rumor, especially on an announcement.
The rumor was started by French website JeuxVideo, which alleged that the two new consoles would be codenamed “Anaconda” and “Lockhart”. Data sheets for each console that allegedly leaked in January are mostly accurate, and each console will have SSDs.
The data sheets from January say that the Lockhart will have a custom 8 core CPU, with over 4 teraflops of GPU power. It will also have 12 gigabytes of GDDR6 memory and a 1TB NVMe 1 + GB/s SSD card.
The Anaconda on the other hand will have 12 teraflops of GPU power and 16 gigabytes of RAM, though the CPUs and storage cards are the same. If these are correct, Lockhart and Anaconda may be in a similar situation to the regular Xbox One, and the Xbox One X. That’s not even getting into Project Scarlet, either, which has been hinted at many times over the past year.
Microsoft has previously hinted that they would at least be talking about the next generation Xbox consoles at E3 2019, but we haven’t heard any hint of an announcement at all. Even just announcing the Xbox One X at E3 2016 came at least a year after rumors initially began to swirl. Even if there was an announcement, however, we’d still have no idea of when the consoles would actually be released.
As for Halo Infinite, however, other rumors have been coming around about that. To start off with, Microsoft says Halo Infinite will also be available on Xbox One and PC as they try to get rid of the concept of “console generations”. Infinite will also have some RPG elements in it (possibly like Mass Effect?) and its plot will change based on decisions made in the original game.
Given that we’ve heard almost nothing about Halo Infinite since E3 2018 there’s no telling if those rumors are true either, but whether it’s the next generation Xbox consoles or Halo Infinite, E3 will likely be very interesting, especially since Sony’s not going to be there.