During E3 2018, it was rumored that Microsoft was was no the next generation of Xbox consoles. Now according to a report from tech site Thurrott, Microsoft is planning to make a traditional console as well as a streaming box as a cheaper option.
First, Thurrott reports, Microsoft is indeed going to release a traditional console as they have always done. This means a singular box with up-to-date hardware inside to play games locally. It is unknown what hardware it will contain as the development on the hardware seems to be early, but one would expect a generational leap over the Xbox One. What’s interesting is that a second device is rumored to also be in the works. This box will be hardware-light, mostly for accepting controller inputs, displaying an image to the screen, and collision detection according to Thurrott. That means it's not just a streaming box as we know it, but one that offloads some computational ability to the local hardware. It is pointed out in the report that this makes the Xbox-lite a bit more expensive than you would think but still a lot cheaper than a traditional console.
Thurrott reports that Microsoft has cracked the latency issue with cloud-based gaming and likens the lag more to a multiplayer match than existing streaming solutions. They say the Xbox-Lite is further along in development than the traditional console and both are aiming for release in 2020. Thoughts ?