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Xbox Lockhart rumours bolstered by Windows datamine

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More evidence has surfaced to support the rumours of another next-gen Xbox console to follow the release of the Xbox Series X (opens in new tab) later this year, currently codenamed Xbox Lockhart (opens in new tab)

As reported by IGN (opens in new tab), security researcher TitleOS (opens in new tab) discovered several references to the console tucked away in the backend code of their Windows’ System32 library files, sat underneath the codenames for all other members of the Xbox family.

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While rumours of a less powerful companion to the Xbox Series X have been swirling for some time, Microsoft has refused to comment on its existence, making this discovery the closest we've come to it being officially confirmed. 

As part of its Xbox 20/20 (opens in new tab) plans, the company is holding another digital event later this month, where it could finally lift the lid on the specifications, release date, and features of the Lockhart console. 

A previous report (opens in new tab) has suggested Project Lockhart will boast a 1440p resolution and run games at 60 frames-per-second but, like that of the Xbox One S All Digital Edition, won't include a disc drive, and thus rely heavily on Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass service for users to enjoy a library of titles. 

We'll let you know if and when we hear anything more about Microsoft's next gen plans.

Here's what developers had to say (opens in new tab) about the recently revealed Unreal Engine 5 demo. You can also watch the entire thing for yourself in the video below. 

Alex Avard
Alex Avard

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