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Microsoft reportedly working on cheaper, disc-less Scarlett

This would be the Lockhart codename we've heard about before, offering an alternative to the heftier Anaconda variant.

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Both Sony and Microsoft are looking to the future with confirmed hardware, with the PlayStation 5 and Project Scarlett machines respectively, but a new report from Kotaku claims to have heard from four sources that Microsoft is working on another secret project - a lower-priced, disc-less version of the Scarlett machine, codenamed Lockhart.

Lockhart is a codename we've heard before, and these plans sound very similar to the All-Digital version of the Xbox One S that was released this year. This name has been paired with Anaconda in earlier reports, with the Scarlett console split into the higher-end (Anaconda) and lower-end (Lockhart) variants.

There are no specifics on pricing with this report, but it does say that developers will be expected to support both versions of Scarlett, leading to some concerns about restricting the ambitions of next-gen games a little.

One developer compared it to the PS4 Pro in terms of graphical power, but Lockhart is rumoured to have a solid-state drive (SSD) just like the PS5. Other developers add that Lockhart has a faster CPU than other consoles, and 1440p and 60 FPS are the targets with Lockhart, according to this report.

There has reportedly been dissatisfaction with Microsoft's lack of communications regarding next-gen plans, according to some developers, with some saying they've already received PS5 dev kits, with Scarlett kits less common. That said, most of these developers are aware of the technical specs.

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