What To Expect From The XBox Two

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The Microsoft Xbox Two has captured the imagination of gamers and consumers alike. Here, we’ve pieced together the essentials to give you a preview of this next-gen console.

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In this article:

  1. What is the Xbox Two?
  2. When is the Xbox Two Coming Out?
  3. How Much Will It Be?
  4. Will They Be Backwards Compatible With Older Xbox Games?
  5. What Xbox Two Games Will Come Out During Its Launch?
  6. What Are the Xbox Two’s Specs?
  7. How Intense Are Its Graphics?
  8. Will Xbox Two Have Kinect?
  9. How Does the Xbox Two Stack Up Vs Playstation 5?
  10. Will It Stream Games?
  11. What Do Longtime Fans of the Xbox Want To See in this Version?

Xbox Two Rumors And Confirmed Details So Far

1. What is the Xbox Two?

The Xbox Two is the rumored upcoming next-generation version of Microsoft’s video game console.

As of writing, video game journalists and gamers believe it won’t be just one console but two. This news came about after Xbox Chief Phil Spencers told attendees at E3 2018 that Microsoft’s hardware team was working at several consoles.

Journalists teased out two codenames “Lockhart” and “Anaconda” for the next generation consoles. Lockhart will serve as the entry-level gaming console while the hardware team has pegged Anaconda for hardcore gaming.

2. When is the Xbox Two Coming Out?

Video game pundits forecast that Microsoft will be announcing the consoles in this year’s E3 in Los Angeles, which will happen in June. This places the tentative release on November 2020, right before Christmas.

3. How Much Will It Be?

The Xbox’s price remains a mystery but video game analysts predict Microsoft will price their console at around $500 to compete with the PlayStation 5. On the side of the competition, Sony cleared speculations about the pricing of their own product and announced that the PS5 will play around the $500 price point.

4. Will They Be Backwards Compatible With Older Xbox Games?

Some believe it will feature backward compatibility with older generation Xbox games. This prediction hails from Xbox Chief Phil Spencer’s past support for backward compatibility in Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Analysts also believe Microsoft will support backward compatibility during the launch to quickly populate the next gen’s console’s game library by making the classic games playable in the newest hardware.

5. What Xbox Two Games Will Come Out During Its Launch?

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Microsoft remains mum about what games will come out in support during the launch but gaming gossip and leaks have speculated the following potential titles:

  • Elder Scrolls 6: Bethesda’s runaway hit Elder Scrolls 5 Skyrim sets anticipation for this sequel, and gamers are expecting this title to be as epic as its predecessor.
  • Cyberpunk 2077: CD Projekt Red, the studio behind the Witcher series, aims to release this game for the PS4 and Xbox One. Since the studio has yet to finish the game, it’s not farfetched they’ll turn it in for the Xbox Two instead so they can show the dystopian future in glorious 4k.
  • Halo Infinite: Microsoft financed $500 million into the development of this game so it’s not far off if they also release this Xbox One bound game for Xbox Two. Halo Infinite features the return of Master Chief.

Since Microsoft owns the licenses for the Forza racing games and Gears of War, gamers believe new titles under these franchises will also appear for the launch.

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6. What Are the Xbox Two’s Specs?

Journalists teased the following rumored tech specs for Xbox Lockhart and Xbox Anaconda from leaks and announcements from Microsoft employees.

Xbox Lockhart Specs

  • Central Processing Unit: 8 Custom Cores
  • Graphical Processing Unit: NAVI 4+ Teraflops
  • RAM: 12GB GDDR6 Memory
  • Drive: 1TB NVMe 1+ GB/s Solid State Drives

Xbox Anaconda Specs

  • Central Processing Unit: 8 Custom Cores
  • Graphical Processing Unit: Custom NAVI 12+ Teraflops
  • RAM: 16GB GDDR6 Memory
  • Drive: 1 TB NVM3 1+ GB/s

7. How Intense Are Its Graphics?

Its power under the hood allows it to display games at Native 4K resolution with processing power approaching the levels of high-end gaming PCs. This will be particularly true for the Anaconda as its leaked architecture includes powerful graphics cards or chips.

8. Will Xbox Two Have Kinect?

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Microsoft’s inclusion of the Kinect with the Xbox 360 hobbled the product since some consumers saw the motion sensor controller as an unnecessary add-on. Pundits share the opinion that the software giant might forego the inclusion of the Kinect.

The Xbox team also quashed rumors about the availability of augmented reality and virtual reality sets in this version. It looks like the outlook for alternative control setups and viewing experiences remain conservative in the meantime.

9. How Does the Xbox Two Stack Up Vs Playstation 5?

Console gaming technicians and hardware aficionados compared the rumored specs of both consoles. They believe the Xbox Two edges out the PS5 in terms of raw power.

10. Will It Stream Games?

These consoles may boast of AMD Picasso chips in their boards. These chips belong to the next generation of AMD’s Ryzen mobile processors and will power the console’s running of game streams and streaming video.

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11. What Do Longtime Fans of the Xbox Want To See in this Version?

  • A Better Exclusive Roster of Games: Fans want a game library that rivals the exclusive titles Sony has in its own stable like God of War. Microsoft boasts of Halo, Forza, and Gears of War but shares a slew of game titles with Sony.
  • Friendlier UI: The Xbox One’s user interface suffered a redesign after the failed adoption of the Kinect voice controls, so the UI felt off for some consumers. Gamers want a friendlier, sleeker, and seamless UI.
  • The Return of Cortana Voice Controls: Some gamers like the idea of having the ability to tell their console to launch particular games just by using voice commands.
  • PC Cross-platform Gaming: Gamers want to the ability to play their Xbox Two games in their PCs and vice-versa.

 

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The various Xbox Two news we’ve collated here for you shows that we’re all patiently waiting for a powerful gaming machine that’ll bring the next level of entertainment to our TV sets. It seems like the hype behind the console is real, and we’re all set for a great year of gaming in 2020.

Will you be buying the Xbox Two once it comes out? Are you on Team Lockhart or Team Anaconda? Let us know in the comments section below! 

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