Microsoft's policy to never comment on rumours means that players can make wild speculations unchecked, but there are some rumours that are more credible than others. Many of those have centred around Microsoft's next move in the console market. While a select few feel that the company will focus more on games as a service rather than hardware, many others have heard sources speak about a console known internally as Project Scarlet. Well, it seems like that project might not include a single console, because Microsoft is now expected to make full use of Sony's non-appearance at E3 2019 to reveal not one but two new consoles, according to JeuxVideo.
The first console, known as Lockhart, will be an entry-level console. It will have a lower level of performance and won't have a disc tray to lower production costs, relying solely on players downloading games. The second console is currently known as Anaconda and will be the equivalent of the Xbox One X for the next generation. Both machines are supposed to include SSD drives.
A new generation of Xbox consoles is not predicted to arrive until the end of 2020. It's currently a release window shared by Halo Infinite, and many sources believe the game will be part of Project Scarlet's launch line-up. This would also be a similar timeline to the release window for the first titles to come out of Microsoft's latest game studio acquisitions, indicating they're looking for a strong first-party debut for the consoles.
As well as these consoles, Microsoft is supposed to have a discless Xbox One in production, also estimated to be shown at E3, although this console is predicted to arrive later this year. If we get any more details on any of the above rumours, we'll be sure to let you know.
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