Microsoft Is Planning To Release A Disc-Less Version Of Project Scarlett

Yolanda Curtis
December 6, 2019

Kotaku said Lockhart will include a solid state drive, and it will be designed for 1440p gaming rather than the 4K gaming.

MICROSOFT LOOKS SET to make a disc-less Xbox to go alongside its Project Scarlett machine that's slated for release in late 2020.

Microsoft Executive Vice President of Gaming Phil Spencer has been doing even more Project Scarlett teasing.

Most importantly, it seems to confirm that Microsoft has locked in the new console's specifications, or close to it. Spencer is no doubt using a development, or dev, kit with slightly different form and specs, but this is the version that developers will use to create the games.

What that means is that there will be two 2020 Xboxes (with the higher-end, Scarlett model codenamed "Anaconda") that will be successors to both the Xbox One S and Xbox One X.

The stories about Lockhart mark the first thing that resembles new information about Project Scarlett since Microsoft's announcement at the E3 conference in June.

Spencer broke the news on Twitter and confirmed that he is "playing [his] games, connecting to the community and yes, using [his] Elite Series 2 controller" on the next-gen Xbox console.

When reached for comment by Kotaku, a Microsoft representative said, "We do not comment on rumors or speculation".

Anaconda will be more expensive, but differentiates itself through performance and its ability to play physical games. What's become clear, based on our conversations with developers, is that there's no straight answer to that question yet. The common consensus among developers that spoke to Kotaku is that they have roughly similar specifications and that the key differences may lie in other factors, such as operating system features or hidden technologies.

Both companies, meanwhile, had been terrified of Google's entry into the video game space after rumours started circulating in early 2018 that the tech conglomerate was doing something big. After the tepid launch of Stadia last month, however, the threat of Google appears to have been overstated.

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