The rumors about Xbox’s next generation console have made a complete 360. According to Kotaku industry sources confirm Xbox is still developing a budget friendly console alongside their primary next gen hardware. Is Xbox Lockhart still alive?
Since E3 2019 the messaging from Xbox through Phil Spencer has been there is only one console, Project Scarlett. During an interview with Business Insider Australia at E3 2019 Phil Spencer was asked why the messaging had changed from “consoles” to “console”. “Last year we said consoles, and we’ve shipped [Xbox One S All Digital] and we’ve now detailed another console. I think that’s plural,” Spencer said, “Right now we’re focused on Project Scarlett and what we put on stage”.
This didn’t even completely quelch rumors of a second console. Spencer was asked about Lockhart again at X019 during an interview with Eurogamer. “We’re focused on Project Scarlett and delivering a high performance console,” said Spencer, “There’s no doubt about that. I will never remove options for us”. Spencer goes on to explain that when they launched the Xbox One they didn’t predict the Xbox One S, X or All Digital consoles. But maybe that was just a convenient explanation.
Return to the rumor mill
Four people who’ve been privy to Xbox Project Scarlett briefings spoke to Jason Schreier of Kotaku about how the Xbox Lockhart is real. And from the sounds of it, game devs aren’t very excited about it. According to Schreier, “game developers will be expected to support both Anaconda and Lockhart, which some are worried might hamper their ambitions for next-gen games in the coming years”.
Since software could be where the next gen console wars are won and lost this could be worrying for Xbox. Concerned game developers is not a good way to launch a console. Hopefully, for Xbox’s sake, their fears will be abated as they learn more about these consoles and not worsen.
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