This past E3, Microsoft closed out its press conference by officially revealing the next generation platform for the Xbox brand with Project Scarlett. Said to be 4x more powerful than the current Xbox One X model with help from the AMD Zen 2 CPU to make 120 frames per second a reality and reach towards the possibility of potential 8K resolution output for upcoming games.
However, it seems that Microsoft was a SKU short as the company failed to introduced the rumored Project Lockhart model which was previously reported to be a light on power, entertainment-focused model similar to the Xbox One S. While the more beefy Project Anaconda resulted in becoming Project Scarlett.
According to technology outlet Thurrott, Executive Editor Brad Sams shares that Microsoft is “shifting focus to one next-gen console.” Explaining that all traces of the previously reported Lockhart console has been “scrubbed clean” from existence following this E3 despite Xbox boos Phil Spencer clearly mentioning two consoles during E3 last year.
Leading Sams to speculate after discussing the topic with insiders within Microsoft that the decision was made due to the difficulty and confusion of developing titles for the next-generation while worrying about two separate consoles. Elaborating more on the subject that though games are much easier to scale up compared to the opposite; added to much to developer’s plates when trying to work with the new hardware.
Sams also shares that he is not the only one who have noticed the same pattern as Digital Foundry also came to the same conclusion following discussions with people at this year’s E3 as well.
What are your thoughts on Microsoft deciding to put the burners on high strictly for Project Scarlett?
Project Scarlett will be available Holiday 2020.