There is plenty of evidence that Microsoft planning to release two consoles this winter, the previously revealed Xbox Series X and also what is currently known as Xbox Lockhart, a cheaper, lower powered version of the Series X. Rumours suggested that the second console would be part of next Thursday’s Xbox Games Showcase but that has been shot down by Xbox General Manager of games marketing, Aaron Greenberg.
“I know everyone is excited for Xbox Games Showcase next Thursday,” Greenberg Tweeted. “Seen some wild expectations so if helpful this show has one focus, games. No business, devices or similar news, just games. A whole show about hour long focused on games. Hope you enjoy it!”
After the first Xbox Series X gameplay reveal Microsoft were heavily criticised for not showing any gameplay. “Clearly we set some wrong expectations and that’s on us,” commented Greenberg at the time, “We appreciate all the feedback and can assure you we will take it all in and learn as a team.”
The Xbox Games Showcase is scheduled for July 23rd at 5.00pm BST.
In related news, it looks like Microsoft have stopped production of two current consoles. The original disc based Xbox One is sold out in most stores and is marked as discontinued on Amazon, the Microsoft Store and other retailers. The Xbox One Series X is also out of and also seems to be discontinued, leaving just the Xbox One S available globally. Press Start report that they have “confirmed with both EB Games and JB Hi-Fi that they’re not expecting more stock of the console with the console being deleted from their systems.”
However, here in the UK all models seems to be available so if you were thinking of grabbing an Xbox One now might be the time.
UPDATE: “As we ramp into the future with Xbox Series X, we’re taking the natural step of stopping production on Xbox One X and Xbox One S All-Digital Edition. Xbox One S will continue to be manufactured and sold globally,” said Microsoft in a statement to The Verge.