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Microsoft's 4 new Xbox consoles in development, explained



It's no secret that the next generation of game consoles is around the corner. While players are waiting for details on the PlayStation 5 and the revised Nintendo switch, Microsoft appears to ramp up a new generation with a number of four consoles currently under development. The first real next generation of Xbox is known as Scarlett, which now appears to consist of two consoles. These platforms are codenamed Anaconda and Lockheart. Each of them will accommodate different games niches.

Meanwhile, another project (codenamed Maverick) is said to be Xbox's first streaming-only console. Although it falls outside the aforementioned Scarlett line, it may come as soon as spring 201

9 if the last report is to be believed. Finally, the Xbox One S is said to get a new revision that will make it cheaper and put it in line with Microsoft's streaming plans.

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These reports come from Thurrott who has released earlier details of the Xbox's Scarlett project. These are all rumors, so don't take these reports as gospel yet, but here are the alleged details of Microsoft's forthcoming four consoles:

  • Anaconda – Set to accommodate a similar niche like the Xbox One X, Anaconda is said to be a more powerful version of Scarlett that will appease hardcore players. It is expected to arrive in 2020, presumably next to Lockheart.
  • Lockheart – This console will play a similar role to the Xbox One S. The platform becomes less powerful, making it more affordable and appealing to more casual players. It is expected to arrive in 2020, presumably next to the more powerful Anaconda.
  • Maverick – This is said to be a very interesting venture for Microsoft, as it moves to break into the game flow market with its xCloud platform. There is no disk drive with this hardware, so users need to rely on downloading or streaming content. This special console is not part of the Scarlett line, so it can come as fast as spring 2019.
  • Xbox One S Revision – A final "hoorah" for the Xbox One S is said to be in the works. There will be no disk-based content like Maverick, but it will have a new focus on xCloud. The goal is to reduce production costs with this hardware, which should make it cheaper for consumers. This is expected to come out in 2019.

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Source: Thurrott

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