New rumors have surfaced about Xbox’s next-gen consoles, giving us a better idea of what kind of hardware Microsoft is working on and when we’ll get our hands on them.
Windows Central has reported that Microsoft is planning on launching two next-gen consoles in holiday 2020. One is code-named “Anaconda” and will be the beefier, Xbox One X-style console of this coming generation, while the other, code-named “Lockhart,” will be the more affordable and less powerful SKU, though it will still be more powerful than anything in the current Xbox One console family, including the One X.
Fortunately for current Xbox One owners, multiple sources have indicated that every game currently available on Xbox One—including backward-compatible Xbox 360 and Original Xbox Games—will be available on the new Xbox consoles at launch. On top of all that, Xbox is reportedly working on GameCore, a platform that will integrate with the rumored Windows 10 Core that will make it easier for developers to bring their games across both Xbox consoles and Windows PCs.
Corroborating these rumors, Thurrott’s Brad Sams, who originally broke the story about Xbox Scarlett, reports that these two consoles fall under the “Scarlett” banner of Xbox’s next-gen efforts. While it doesn’t sound like either “Anaconda” or “Lockhart” will be that streaming-only next-gen box we previously heard rumors for, Sams reports that both next-gen consoles will integrate Anthem 2, which is an internal code-name for Project xCloud, Xbox’s overall streaming strategy. The disc-less Xbox One console, in the meantime, is still rumored to launch in spring 2019, and that will somehow integrate Anthem 1, the first-gen product of Project xCloud.
If these rumors are true, it seems that mid-gen consoles like the One X and the PlayStation 4 Pro have seriously disrupted (in a good way) the next-gen launch plans and what consumers expect from a console. Thanks to the One X especially, next-gen consoles will need to offer more than just 4K and HDR, with frame rate and loading times seemingly at the top of Xbox boss Phil Spencer’s priorities. Plus, the idea that Xbox is launching with two different next-gen consoles of varying power and prices shows how dedicated Xbox is to getting as many consumers as possible to adopt its platform. Expect to hear much more about these consoles throughout 2019, with a possible reveal at this coming E3.