I hope developer target Lockhart (that equal to PS4 pro) as 1080p and 30fps machine, so it can focus on graphic fidelity, and Anaconda will do the resolution and frame rates enhancement.
But if Microsoft asked developer to make Lockhart as 1440p machine, then it will be wasted on resolution but run with PS4/Xbox One graphic and Anaconda is will be just as useless.
So i still not agree with this lockhart, But i do like it if Microsoft planning to release another Scarlet X like how Sony might able to release midgen PS5 upgrade along the line. It's better, because Anaconda and PS5 will be the baseline instead lockhart and PS5 pro and Scarlet X will be the enhancer like PS4pro and Xbox One X was.
Scalability can happen only on resolution and frame rates as well some post processing effect, but scalability cannot work on game design. They are some games that cannot scale up due to their games design. Lockhart to Anaconda might be OK , but if Microsoft targeting Xbox One as baseline then it will jeopardize future game design and hampering the progress of new type of games that could have never been made on PS4/Xbox One generation.
Wasn't MS promoting how they were requiring frame rate parity across the consoles for online? Maybe for single player campaign they will allow for higher res and/or details with 30fps, but in multiplayer I'd guess they will require 60fps. In terms of game design, MS hasn't exactly been doing anything way out of the ordinary this gen, so unless their dev teams have ideas that require focus on only one console, there's not a lot holding them back from having two.
Now MS could try and push Anaconda sales and allow it to shine, by having certain first party exclusives land only on that specific hardware, but will MS be willing to absorb the early software losses? This would allow for both SKU's to exist, and it would be somewhat more like like PS5. If you want the AAA best of the best, you have to get the more expensive hardware. Would XB gamers be ok with this as a whole though?
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