We’ve already started hearing about Microsoft and Sony’s plans for the next generation of console hardware. Microsoft is rumored to be working on a series of devices, with two new variants of the current Xbox One with cloud-streaming features, as well as a pair of new devices for the Xbox Next.

The rumor we’re dealing with today concerns these latter devices (the two new consoles are reportedly Anaconda (high-end) and Lockhart (budget).

GamingBolt recently chatted with games industry analyst Michael Pachter, who had what I can only call an interesting take on what next-generation consoles might be capable of.

I expect a dumbed down console, like the Steam console, where it’s download only, and there’s no hard drive or disc drive,” Pachter told GamingBolt. “So I think there will be a streaming device, like a $100 Xbox console that doesn’t run in 4K or 240 frames per second. And then I think there will be a more expensive $400 console that supports 4K, 240 FPS, virtual reality.

I don’t know if there will be ‘models’. I don’t think you’re going to get completely different devices.

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