The secretive Project Lockhart, a disc-less counterpart to Microsoft’s Xbox Series X next-gen console, could be unveiled in August, according to a report from Eurogamer. The outlet claims that the long-rumored Lockhart is actually called the Xbox Series S and that it will be presented as an all-digital version of the console, not unlike the disc-less PlayStation 5 that was announced in June.
According to Eurogamer, Microsoft originally planned to unveil the Xbox Series S at E3 2020, along with its slate of next-gen games, but when the show was canceled and timelines were pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic, the company was forced to rethink that strategy. Microsoft has now settled on August for the introduction of the Xbox Series S.
Although Microsoft hasn’t acknowledged the existence of its disc-less next-gen console, the Lockhart has been public knowledge for quite some time. In fact, people have been talking about this codename since at least 2018. Surprisingly, Microsoft has been shy to pull the trigger on the Xbox Series S, even though its big brother was announced in a trailer at last year’s Game Awards, a gutsy move at a show that is much smaller than E3.
Meanwhile, Sony took its time lifting the curtain off its new family of consoles, finally showing off both the standard PS5 and disc-less PS5 during its June reveal event. With all the rumors about Lockhart over the last few years, no one expected Sony to beat Microsoft to a disc-less next-gen console announcement. But here we are.