While the information on the next Xbox is scarce, outside of the codenames assigned to them (Lockhart and Anaconda) we might have a first confirmation that the next Xbox sounds promising. The system will utilize NVMe SSD’s (non-volatile memory express). Unlike the current hard drives being used in the PS4 and Xbox One, these things can decrease load times substantially!
Next Xbox could use NVMe SSD’s to reduce load times
Load times are a problem that has pestered us since the days of the PS3. With some of the worst culprits of this being Grand Theft Auto 5 on the old generation and current generation of consoles. Current consoles still use HDD’s, and even plugging in an SSD into either system makes very little difference to load times.
This sounds pretty hot, no? Obviously – take this as a rumor please. pic.twitter.com/JRbFnQA6Yd
— Klobrille (@klobrille) April 25, 2019
The news comes from one of the most trusted sources in the world of Xbox and Microsoft news, Klobrille. According to a quick fact sheet made by him, based off rumors put together in one place, The Next Xbox could sport Ray Tracing, and come with a massive 1TB NVMe SSD out of the box.
However, if the news of the Next box using NVMe SSD’s proves to be true, this could be a game changer for games going forward. These SSD’s could significantly reduce load times for demanding games, help maintain stable framerates and make massive improvements for games performance.
This could also be equally problematic as this could skyrocket the prices of the consoles. Just like the recent trend of under-display fingerprint sensors in smartphones needing OLED panels has made the new standard of flagship smartphones reach the higher parts of the $1000 MSRP.
Perhaps Microsoft will figure out a way to deliver these beasts while keeping the costs subsidized enough to still attract consumers toward the new console? For now, all of this information is just rumor, so do take it with copious amounts of salt.
We can’t really say if Microsoft plans on launching the Next Xbox this year, or will they also go in with 2020 like Sony.
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