Report: 2020's Xbox to launch in two editions, like Samsung or iPhone devices

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  • Monday, 09 Dec 2019

Xbox's Project Scarlett console was announced at E3 2019. — AFP

The successor to the Xbox One, currently known as Project Scarlett, will launch in two versions, one the more powerful console, the other a disc-less machine around the PS4 Pro's level, per Kotaku.

Samsung has been launching multiple versions of its mobile phones since the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge and S6+ in 2015, with Apple adopting the same practise later in the year through the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus.

Now it seems that 2020's new Xbox game console will be released in a similar manner, codenamed Anaconda and Lockhart, according to an updated report from Kotaku.

Over the course of the current console generation, Xbox has already expanded its Xbox One line through not only a more efficient, more affordable Xbox One S revision, but also the Xbox One X (currently the world's most-powerful console), and an Xbox One S All Digital Edition that doesn't have a disc drive.

For Project Scarlett, earlier suggestions of a second discless model are still valid, the report maintains.

In fact, with the more powerful Anaconda model improving on the Xbox One X, its Lockhart sibling could be received as a successor to the disc-less Xbox One S.

It would be presented as an ideal platform for Xbox's budget-friendly Xbox Game Pass library subscription, as well as its more ambitious Project xCloud game streaming service.

Developer comments indicated that in terms of graphical prowess, Lockhart would be around the level of the PlayStation 4 Pro – Sony's mid-generation improvement on the original PS4 – with a CPU faster than even the Xbox One X.

Microsoft would then be encouraging developers to achieve a Quad HD Widescreen resolution of 1440p at 60 frames per second on Lockhart, with Anaconda targeting 4k, again at 60fps.

The two-tier Scarlett pipeline means that, for better or for worse, studios would continue a practice adopted for the Xbox One and Xbox One X (as well as PS4 and PS4 Pro), making the same game with different display capabilities, rather than games specifically for the more powerful edition.

PlayStation and Xbox have announced plans to reveal and then launch their PlayStation 5 and Project Scarlett consoles towards the end of 2020. – AFP Relaxnews

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