At the early development stage of the upcoming Xbox Series X, Microsoft was known to be developing another all-digital version known as Project Lockhart. However, the trail went cold and it seemed Microsoft had put the console on ice. In recent weeks there has been more traction behind Lockhart and a leaked document suggests the console is still alive.
Interestingly, the document also highlighted several “Project Scarlett consoles”. You may remember Project Scarlett was the name Microsoft used for the development of the new Xbox Series X range. Specifically, Anaconda was the fully fledged Series X, Lockhart was the all-digital variant, and both resided under Scarlett.
Microsoft referencing multiple Scarlett consoles suggest Project Lockhart is very much alive. This is the second such internal confirmation following Windows 10 documentation also referencing the console earlier this month.
Interestingly, the possibility to both devices arriving side-by-side was squashed by Microsoft. The company insisted Xbox Series X would launch alone. Everything that has happened since suggests that is the case.
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However, the company may have meant the Xbox Series X and Project Lockhart won't be available at the same time. The Series X will launch this year and Lockhart could arrive later. However, it will likely be announced alongside the launch of the Series X.
It makes more sense that Microsoft is pushing ahead with an all-digital variant than not. Especially considering Sony launched the PlayStation 5 alongside an All-Digital version this month. Like Microsoft, Sony says its digital variant will not be available at the same time as the full PS5.
Sony is once again bringing a 4K Blu-ray disc drive to its flagship console. When it ships later this year, the PS5 will have an eight-core AMD Zen 2 CPU and a custom AMD RDNA 2-based GPU. That configuration will give the console 10.28 teraflops of power.
We are still waiting for the specifics of the Xbox Series X.