Microsoft is going to be revealing not one, but two new Xbox consoles at E3 2019 according to a new report from French videogame magazine JeuxVideo.
The so-called Scarlett project consists of two Xbox consoles, currently codenamed ‘Lockhart’ and ‘Anaconda’. Both of these new consoles are expected to be showcased during Microsoft’s Xbox E3 conference in June.
JeuxVideo tend to be pretty reliable with this stuff. They leaked something recently which escapes my mind, but they’re also the site that looked Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and forced the announcement from Ubisoft. There’s enough to them that this rumour can be taken reasonably seriously.
Lockhart will be a lower-end, entry-level device while Anaconda is targeting the premium tier, $500 price point that the Xbox One X launched at. What’s given me pause about these rumours is the suggestion that both Xbox Lockhart and Xbox Anaconda will ship with 1TB NVMe SSD drives, which seems a little pricey even if bought in bulk. It’s the sort of crazy thing that only pops up in legit rumours though, as no one making up the specs would reasonably assume they’d ship with NVMe drives.
Anyway, onto the specs themselves, and JeuxVideo claims they look something like this:
The lower-end Xbox Lockhart console features a custom Zen 2 CPU with 8 cores and 16 threads alongside a custom Navi GPU with 4+ TFLOPs of compute performance. This is backed up by 12GB GDDR6 memory and the 1TB NVMe drive. Performance-wise, this would put the Xbox Lockhart somewhere in between the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, albeit with a far more capable processor.
The $500 Xbox Anaconda also features an 8-core, 16-thread Zen 2 CPU, although presumably with a higher clock speed. It also has a 12+ TFLOP Navi GPU, 16GB GDDR6 memory and a 1TB NVMe SSD. Such a device would be about twice the performance of the current Xbox One X and would absolutely be a very capable 4K machine.
Along with the specs, JeuxVideo also says Halo infinite will be a launch title for the next-gen Xbox consoles, as well as the current Xbox One. Microsoft is apparently going with full forward and backward compatibility, although the older consoles will naturally have weaker performance.
And lastly, Ninja Theory, they of Hellblade fame. It’s alleged Ninja Theory’s next game will be coming to the new Xbox consoles in early 2020, with a potential reveal taking place at E3 2019.
So there’s a lot to take in there, not least of which, is all of this true? If we’re to assume it is then Microsoft is moving at a rapid pace. The Xbox One X is barely a year old and already we’re hearing about its successor. With forwards compatibility, it’s a bit of a non-issue though, as we Xbox One X owners will still be able to play Scarlett games.