Microsoft to debut budget-friendly next-gen Xbox alongside Project Scarlett in 2020

A budget-friendly next-gen Xbox might appear in 2020.

This holiday season marks the last one for current-gen gaming consoles. In 2020, both Microsoft and Sony will debut new versions of their Xbox and PlayStation respectively. While both next-gen consoles will feature unprecedented graphical power, not many specific details have been revealed.

Around the 2020 holiday season, Microsoft will be releasing its Project Scarlett console, which will boast top of the line specs. Now, company insiders report that it is also planning to release a budget-friendly second console alongside it. Codenamed “Lockhart,” the companion will create an updated lineup that looks like today’s Xbox One X and Xbox One S duo.

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The existence of Lockhart isn’t news. In fact, Windows Central suggested that it was in the works about this time last year. However, reports that followed declared the project dead. It now appears that Lockhart is both very much alive and closer than most people anticipated.

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Should the current rumors prove true, the system will launch alongside the main Project Scarlett console in late 2020. It will reportedly be similar to the Xbox One S All-Digital and will lack a disc drive. Meanwhile, it should feature hardware that mimics the more powerful console but is not quite as speedy.

For example, Project Scarlett’s main console will reportedly debut with a tremendous 10 teraflops of graphical processing power. It’s likely that Lockhart will tout about 4 teraflops in comparison. Much like the One S All-Digital edition, Lockhart will be geared for gamers that don’t mind playing games at standard high-definition resolutions rather than 4K. For many, that difference is well worth the lower price tag.

Xbox Lockhart Pricing

As of now, Microsoft’s pricing plan for the two consoles remains a mystery. Still, there will likely be a significant difference between the pair. It is also expected that this generation of Xbox consoles will be priced to go toe-to-toe with Sony’s PS5. When the Xbox One and PS4 launched, the latter was far cheaper than Microsoft’s offering. That led to Sony blowing Xbox out of the water during E3 and attracting non-hardcore gamers to its platform.

This time, Microsoft is ready to learn from the mistakes of its past and lure back penny-pinching gamers. Xbox chief Phil Spencer said, “I would say a learning from the Xbox One generation is we will not be out of position on power or price. If you remember the beginning of this generation we were a hundred dollars more expensive and yes, we were less powerful. And we started Project Scarlett with this leadership team in place with a goal of having market success.”

Those words are promising for prospective buyers of the next-gen Xbox. With Lockhart on the radar, gaming for the next several years should be more accessible to everyone.