Xbox’s New Video Game Console For 2020 Is Codenamed ‘Anaconda’
'Anaconda' is Microsoft's codename for an as-yet-unrevealed next-generation games console, due to arrive in 2020.
As reported by The Verge, via Windows Central, this follows a recent history of the company using reptilian nomenclature for its hardware projects, with the Xbox One having the codename of 'Durango'. (It's a small lizard, from Mexico. Saved you a click.)
Microsoft's future plans for its home console line fall under the umbrella codename of 'Scarlett' - and there is expected to be two systems as part of the company's next hardware phase, as well as the possibility of something else entirely.
'Anaconda' will be the next Xbox One X, essentially, the lead machine in terms of spec and power; while another, 'Lockhart', will be more akin to the Xbox One S, easier on the wallet but not quite as bells-and-whistles as its same-gen partner.
That said, the 'Lockhart' will likely pack as much punch as the current Xbox One X, relatively speaking. Both will run games from discs and downloads, as per current consoles.
Before then, however, we could see a completely disc-free, downloads-only, cheaper-than-ever version of the Xbox One (S-spec) emerge. Windows Central's rumours-laden article, which ran over the weekend (apologies for the tardiness, here), states that this model could be released in the first half of 2019, with an announcement coming as early as January.
This 'Scarlett' phase in the Xbox story will be the first generation totally managed by (the not-always-dancing) Phil Spencer, who was promoted to executive vice president of gaming within Microsoft in September 2017.
And under his leadership, it's said that Microsoft is going to invest more than ever before in its gaming lines, as it seeks to overtake Sony's PlayStation brand in the all-important sales stakes.
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