Microsoft’s next-generation console titled Project Scarlett, which has been announced at this year’s E3 press conference, seemingly encountered some development issues recently. According to industry insider Brad Sams, Microsoft had initially developed two consoles simultaneously for their next-gen endeavors. One was codenamed Anaconda, the other codenamed Lockhart. Anaconda was supposed to be designed as an ultra-powerful, expensive model of Project Scarlett, whereas Lockhart was intended to be the weaker, budget model of Project Scarlett. However, due to poor reception from game developers, Microsoft changed course of action and scrapped the Lockhart model and are working to streamline the Anaconda model to have a more digestible price at launch.
As a result, Microsoft appears to be delaying the development kits for Project Scarlett for third-party developers, unlike Sony’s next-gen PlayStation which is reportedly in the hands of several studios and publishers. Fortunately, these plans may not alter the release date of Project Scarlett, as development is reportedly going smoothly. Furthermore, the Lockhart removal likely occurred quite some time ago, perhaps late 2018. Regardless, gamers can expect a single console from both Microsoft and Sony come holiday 2020.
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