When attention first turned to next-gen consoles, there were rumours
that Scarlett would be a two-tier project, made up of an entry-level console called Lockhart, and the more expensive, high-end Anaconda – now revealed as the Xbox Series X. The idea was that the entry level console would have no disc tray, in order to lower costs, while the Series X features a disc tray along with other high-spec components.
Phil Spencer had been noted
as talking about "consoles", plural. Spencer attempted to clarify the confusion in an interview with Business Insider,
by saying that they'd shipped a console (at the time, referring to the Xbox One S All Digital) and revealed another, and that that constituted a plural. His comments didn't much help to clear things up, but it seemed that the rumours had been proved false, and Microsoft appeared to be focused on one console only.
Yet once again rumours are circulating about a second console.
they have sources who confirmed that Microsoft were still working on Lockhart, the lower-priced and disc-less version of the Xbox Series X. Their sources compared Lockhart to the PS4 Pro in terms of graphics, and said that it had a faster CPU than any other current video game console. While the Xbox Series is apparently aiming for 4K resolution at a locked 60 FPS, Lockhart is said to be targeting 1440p resolution and 60FPS. A disc-less console would make sense for Microsoft. We recently spoke
about how Microsoft's hiring indicated a big push towards high-profile marketing strategies and an overall aim of pushing attention towards Xbox Game Pass, Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Studios; and Xbox Game Pass in particular would be ideal to promote alongside a higher-spec all-digital console. However, Microsoft have yet to confirm or deny these latest rumours about Lockhart. Officially, then, it would look as though Project Scarlett is just the Xbox Series X.
That's everything we know so far about the Xbox Series X and the mysterious Project Scarlett. We'll keep this guide updated with everything we know as the news hits. You can keep up with us on our Xbox Series X news
page, or find out about Microsoft's other big gaming project for 2020 – Project xCloud