The Lockhart may not be dead after all. A new report from Kotaku says that Microsoft is still working on two Xbox consoles for the next generation, including a cheaper, digital-only option.
There had been rumors for some time of two Xbox models in development: the more powerful Anaconda, and the slimmer Lockhart. But at E3 2019, the reveal of Project Scarlett seemed to confirm it would be one unified model, with some sites reporting as much. Today, Kotaku's Jason Schreier reports that sources are saying the Lockhart is still in development.
Developers reportedly briefed on the console say the Lockhart has a faster CPU than any current video game console and will also contain a solid state drive, much like the PlayStation 5 and Scarlett. Beyond being purely digital with no disc reader, Lockhart will reportedly be slightly less powerful, ideally targeting 1440p at 60 frames per second compared to Anaconda's 4K at the same frame rate. Price is still up in the air.
We've reached out to Microsoft, but have yet to hear back. In a statement to Kotaku, a spokesperson for Microsoft says they "do not comment on rumors or speculation."
A digital-only Xbox could provide an interesting dynamic, especially given a growing Game Pass catalog and Microsoft's xCloud streaming service. Though Kotaku's sources say fears about Google's entry into the streaming realm with Stadia have mostly died down after a rough launch, there's little doubt that streaming will, in some way, play a factor in the next generation.