The latest rumours suggest that only one new Xbox console will be launched next year, and it’ll be the more powerful Xbox One X equivalent.
When Microsoft first announced it was working on next gen hardware, at last year’s E3, it specifically said it was working on multiple consoles.
It never explained exactly what that meant but multiple rumours have pointed towards at least two models, one codenamed Anaconda and one codenamed Lockheart.
But the latest rumours suggest that Microsoft is now planning only one device and that it’s the less powerful Lockheart that has been scrapped.
Proven Xbox insider Brad Sams suggests that developers were finding it too difficult developing for two different consoles at once, implying the power gap between the two was fairly substantial.
The other reason is that having a low-end console, equivalent to the Xbox One S, makes less sense when Microsoft is also pushing its Project xCloud service to cater for less hardcore gamers.
By comparison, the Anaconda is thought to be equivalent to the Xbox One X but when Project Scarlett was unveiled at E3 2019 there was no hint that it represented anything other than a single console.
In an interview with Business Insider, Xbox boss Phil Spencer seemed to confirm that only one console is currently being planned – although he gave no hint as to why or which one had been dropped.
But everything now points to the idea that Microsoft’s new console will start as the equivalent of the Xbox One X and there may never be a second, cheaper and less powerful, console at all. It also implies there’ll be no mid-generation upgrade, although that in particular remains to be seen.
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