For the past year, the generally accepted sentiment has been two consoles from Microsoft under the Xbox Project Scarlett branding. It's the story industry sources have touted to journalists, and what division head Phil Spencer told fans at E3 2018. It now appears Microsoft is shifting its strategy somewhat. Speaking to Business Insider, he said: “Last year we said consoles, and we've shipped a console and we've now detailed another console. I think that's plural,” he said, in reference to the disc-less Xbox and Scarlett. “Technically that is plural. Right now, we're focused on Project Scarlett and what we put on stage.” All of this seems to indicate that the company won't be launching another, more affordable Xbox alongside Scarlett as was initially assumed. The devices were reportedly codenamed Anaconda and Lockhart, with Lockhart acting as a more affordable replacement to the Xbox One S, and Anaconda an Xbox One X upgrade.
Microsoft’s Xbox Project Scarlett Will Be One Console, Not the Rumored Two
Microsoft's next-generation 'Lockhart' console appears to have been scrapped for the time being while the company focuses on a single powerful Project Scarlett release. Developers were reportedly struggling to optimize for two consoles.