Microsoft launches only one next-gen console in 2020, not two

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All the rumors about Microsoft launching two new gaming consoles in 2020 vanished when the company introduced Project Scarlett.

Recent reports suggest the company has given up working on the low-end Lockhart console. Instead, the big M is now focusing on the single premium version console codenamed Anaconda, which is part of the larger Project Scarlett.

When questioned about previous statements that apparently had indicated the development of two new consoles, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer answered:

Last year we said consoles, and we’ve shipped a console and we’ve now detailed another console. I think that’s plural. Right now, we’re focused on Project Scarlett and what we put on stage.

Why has Microsoft abandoned Lockhart?

One of the possible reasons why Microsoft abandonedLockhart could be the extra effort that was needed to develop games for two different consoles.

A report by Thurrot speaks of the same reason.

…developers were having a harder than expected time creating next-generation games that spanned across two systems with various specs.” “As you might expect, developers were putting a focus on making games that would run well on the lower-end device first and then scaling them up to the higher-specced, Anaconda.

As you can see, gamers won’t get two brand-new Xbox consoles next year. Let’s hope Microsoft does a top-notch job with Project Scarlett.



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