Published: Fri, December 06, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Microsoft might launch a second, cheaper Xbox in late 2020

Microsoft might launch a second, cheaper Xbox in late 2020

The next Xbox, codenamed Project Scarlett, is already out in the wild, as Phil Spencer - no, not that one - tweeted last night that he's taken the console home.

Lockhart is tentatively planned to be a cheaper model without a disc drive, making it a sort of successor to the current All-Digital Edition of the Xbox One.

Of course, without clarification from Spencer, there's no telling whether he's honestly using an unfinished dev kit whose specs could be changed or boosted at any point between now and the system's "2020 holiday season" launch window.

A report from November suggests the console could be officially introduced on November 20, 2020 in North America and will cost $499. Kotaku has been told that Microsoft is aiming to offer a cheaper console capable of achieving 1440p resolution at 60fps, utilizing a processor with more performance than either the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro. 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.

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This isn't the first time we've heard that Microsoft would make two next-generation Xbox consoles, as early rumoured claimed the full-fat console was codenamed "Anaconda". In fact, the only games he could have been playing, as referenced, are current-gen Xbox games. However, Microsoft talked about Scarlett as if it were a single machine, leading many to believe that the all-digital rumors were false or that plans had been scrapped.

However, while we wait, it seems that some of the Xbox community will already have played with the next-gen Microsoft console - or at least someone with one.

When reached for comment by Kotaku, a Microsoft representative said, "We do not comment on rumors or speculation". But then Redmond revealed that the new console was being developed under the Project Scarlett name, and there was no mention of a lower-powered disc-less console.

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