Source: Windows Central
Xbox Series X hype train is heating up. With all the specs out in the open, the attention has turned to games, features, and the long-rumored Xbox Lockhart, what will effectively be a less-powerful, more-affordable “Xbox Series S.”
There are tons of rumors about upcoming events, game reveals, and beyond, so I thought I’d round up what’s out there, what we know, and sprinkle in some good old-fashioned speculation for good measure.
‘Xbox Series S,’ a.k.a., Xbox ‘Lockhart’
Source: reddit: u/jiveduder Lockhart is expected to be an entry-level next-gen Xbox, and it could look similar to this concept from Reddit user /u/jiveduder.
Recently, we heard Lockhart is entering take home stages for Xbox employees to get their hands on the system and begin providing feedback and testing. The timing would indicate to me that rumors of upcoming showcases in early May are likely accurate. This is coupled with rumors from our Senior Editor Zac Bowden that Microsoft is gearing up to showcase new Surface hardware in May, as well.
A new wireless headset
Source: Daniel Rubino/Windows Central Microsoft has been digging deeper into audio wearables, and Xbox might be about to join the party.
It could be Xbox’s answer to the Surface Headphones, albeit with some of the more “premium” features stripped out. Given that the previous 2014 Xbox Stereo Headset was very much an entry-level affair, this may also be designed with entry-level users in mind, allowing for third-parties to target the more premium-end with the likes of the SteelSeries Arctis 9X and the Astro A50. It could also go the other way entirely, offering something at the premium-end as an “aspirational” product similar to the rest of the Surface product line.
What about Microsoft’s Xbox events in this spring?
Source: 343 Industries
We’ve heard Microsoft may also be gearing up to show off a few upcoming games as part of its May press releases. Long-standing rumors of a Fable reboot under Playground Games make for an obvious candidate, but we’ve also barely seen anything about Halo Infinite, which is supposedly launching later this year presuming “work from home” delays are avoided.
Whether this will be a full-blown showcase event like Inside Xbox, a trailer reveal as we saw for Hellblade II, or a third-party deep dive with the expertise of outlets like Digital Foundry is completely unknown. But as they say, there’s typically no smoke without fire.
Exciting times ahead for Xbox — and for you
Xbox Game Studios is growing far bigger, far faster than the team ever has in previous years under Microsoft, adding hundreds of new posts across tons of game studios. Not only should this lead to bigger, bolder worlds but also more exclusives to bolster Xbox Game Pass on console and PC, and the platform in general, which has been on the back foot in terms of content throughout the Xbox One generation.