Xbox Scarlett is seemingly a family of two different consoles

Ruben Fields
December 5, 2019

Consoles codenamed Anaconda and Lockhart were the two machines said to comprise Project Scarlett, but shortly after reveal, Xbox boss Phil Spencer confirmed that Project Scarlett was only one console.

This is almost a full year before the console is due to launch, so can we assume that the model he has taken back is already consumer friendly enough to be used at home, rather than being a big unweildy dev kit?

Without any extra posts or clarification as of press time, we can only surmise so much from this single statement.

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Microsoft's next-gen console plans, code-named Project Scarlett, have been the butt of speculation for several years now and still are after its official announcement at E3 2019.

By the end of 2020 we'll have a PlayStation 5 and a new Xbox console to play games on.

While it's no surprise that the new Xbox is in a playable state, what is perhaps surprising is that - still a year out from launch - it's already become a fixture in Spencer's living room and he can use a fair amount of features. Microsoft is said to be targeting 4K resolution at 60 FPS on Project Scarlett with a 1440p resolution at 60 FPS on Lockhart. Previous Xbox generations' dev kits have exclusively connected to private systems, including Xbox 360's "Partnernet" (which we used to test pre-release software in the 360's heyday). Does this mean Scarlett's specs are closer to finalized than we previously suspected? Kotaku's quartet of industry-insider sources now indicate that Anaconda will launch as a successor to the Xbox One X and Lockhart as a successor to the Xbox One S all-digital edition, so there will be two project Scarlett SKUs mirroring Microsoft's strategy with the current gen. Firstly, the console is clearly backwards compatible as promised, because Spencer has been playing with existing Xbox owners in the community and thus playing current generation games. All sounds good to us, and we can't wait to get our hands on one towards the end of 2020.

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