- Aug 24, 2016
If those names sound familiar, that’s because they’ve been floating around for a while. The earliest rumours about Microsoft’s next-gen roadmap, circa 2018, suggested that Project Scarlett would consist of two Xbox models: the high-performance Anaconda and the lower-end Lockhart. In June, however, Microsoft announced that Scarlett was a single, high-end console, which led to speculation and then press reports that Lockhart had been cancelled. But Kotaku has learned that Lockhart is in fact still in the works as a cheaper, digital-only alternative to Scarlett, as the original rumours suggested.
What we don’t know—and what likely isn’t finalised yet—is how the pricing will shake out. But it’s easiest to think of Anaconda as a successor to the Xbox One X and Lockhart as a successor to the Xbox One S, with a similar performance disparity. Game developers will be expected to support both Anaconda and Lockhart, which some are worried might hamper their ambitions for next-gen games in the coming years.
When speaking to Kotaku, one game developer briefed on Lockhart analogized it to the PlayStation 4 Pro in terms of raw graphical power, although there are other key differences that might make up for that. Lockhart is said to have a solid-state drive, like both Anaconda and Sony’s upcoming PlayStation 5, which is expected to have a significant impact on loading times. Developers briefed on Lockhart also say it has a faster CPU than any current video game console, which could allow for higher frame-rates, although there are other factors that might not become clear until the console is completely finalised, such as clock speed and cooling.
How come they re the only ones that have the sources to find out that it's a "fact" that Lockhart is a thing? Why would Phil lie about Scarlett being the online console? Why would he want to have two consoles of varying levels launch at once when devs would have to make games for both?
The only way this could work is if Lockhart comes out 2-3 years after Scarlett's launch otherwise that would be confusing to the average consumer and may screw up Scarletts power advantage. But again I ask, why is kotaku the only one with this story? If it's true that would mean Phil lied but there is no reason for him to do so.