Microsoft is currently planning to introduce two next-generation Xbox consoles for Holiday 2020. Sources familiar with Microsoft's plans report The Verge that Microsoft has a second, cheaper and less powerful Xbox console with the Codenamed "Lockhart" plans Although Microsoft has unveiled its high-end plans for the Scarlett Xbox project, the two-console strategy was not mentioned at E3 earlier this year. Windows Central originally reported Lockhart's existence almost a year ago, and Kotaku now reports that it is part of Microsoft's next-gen plans.
Microsoft is essentially bringing two next-gen consoles to market, which will serve as successors to the Xbox One S and Xbox One X. Lockhart is introduced similarly to the Xbox One All-Digital Edition without a CD drive, and Microsoft is optimizing the hardware of the console to be less powerful than the code named Project Scarlett's main console "Anaconda".
We know that Microsoft has asked for feedback from developers on its next-generation Xbox plans in recent months, and we first heard that the company had discarded its Lockhart plans before E3. Microsoft has not completed its next-generation Xbox hardware specifications, but we know that Lockhart will now be part of the launch of Holiday 2020.
Microsoft's Anaconda console will be the next generation's true leap, and sources reveal Verge that Microsoft is targeting more than 10 teraflops of graphics performance on this particular console . Plans for Lockhart may change, but currently this console will debut at around 4 teraflops in graphical performance.
Kotaku reports that Lockhart will include a solid-state drive and will be geared for 1440p games rather than 4K games will be available on Anaconda. We expect both Anaconda and Lockhart to share familiar next-generation hardware. According to sources, Lockhart will get a next-gen CPU, which will clock slower than Anaconda. This should mean that developers can take advantage of Anaconda's planned SSD and CPU upgrades in games spanning both next-generation Xbox consoles.
It is not yet clear how Microsoft will separate prices for Lockhart and Anaconda. Microsoft has tried the appetite for packages like Xbox All Access, and it's easy to imagine that the company will launch Lockhart with a similar subscription offer.
In a recent interview with The Verge Xbox boss Phil Spencer refused to comment on rumors of two consoles for next generation Xbox consoles. "I would say that one finding of the Xbox One generation is that we are not in the wrong position in terms of performance or price," said Spencer. "If you remember the beginning of this generation, we were a hundred dollars more expensive and yes, we were less powerful. And we started Project Scarlett with this leadership team to achieve market success. "