Similar to the dynamic between One X and One S.
The next generation family of Xbox consoles reportedly have two codenames: Anaconda and Lockhart.
As reported by Windows Central, the two separate Xbox SKUs will theoretically act like the current Xbox One S and Xbox One X do now: Lockhart is rumored to be a more affordable, baseline model that makes the technology accessible to a larger group of consumers while Anaconda is a beefed up version that will cost more for fans willing to shell out the money for more power. Both are expected to be released by holiday 2020.
While the report suggests Lockhart could be comparable to (or a bit more powerful than) the current power of the Xbox One X, Anaconda would be much more powerful, providing a “cutting-edge console gaming experience.” Rumors also indicate that Microsoft is “exploring technology to dramatically reduce loading times,” possibly including a faster SSD hard drive. The Anaconda could also potentially act as a dev kit.
These rumors line up nicely with previous reports that Microsoft’s codename Scarlet is actually a family of consoles rather than a single hardware unit. Microsoft announced during its E3 2018 press conference that it was already “deep into architecting the next Xbox consoles, where we will once again deliver on our commitment to deliver the benchmark of console gaming.”
However, alleged details on Scarlet surfaced in July suggesting that one console would be a traditional box while another would act as a streaming box codenamed “Scarlet Cloud,” with Scarlet Cloud being the more cost-effective hardware. Similar rumors in November suggest that a disc-less Xbox One would be released in 2019 and sell for $200 or less.
What we do know is that Microsoft has been going on a studio buying spree in anticipation of a future console generation, announcing it had acquired or began building five studios (Ninja Theory, Undead Labs, Compulsion Games, Playground Games and a new Santa Monica studio) during E3 2018, and revealing that an additional two studios (Obsidian Entertainment and inXile Entertainment) had joined the Xbox family during X018.
Colin Stevens is a news writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.