There has been a lot of talk of a digital only Xbox Series X codenamed Project Lockhart. According to recently leaked Microsoft documents on Twitter, there are two profiling modes: Anaconda and Lockhart which adds more credence to the Lockhart rumor mill.
These profiles are used to emulate the actual production performance of the Xbox Series X. With two different profiling modes, it’s easy to assume that different hardware, probably a lesser model, is in use and being tested.
But where is Project Scarlett? Project Scarlett is believed, now, to be the umbrella project that encompasses both Project Anaconda and Project Lockhart according to the Verge. We know that the Xbox Series X will include 13.5 GB of usable RAM and the GPU to push out approximately 12 teraflops of performance. The Verge believes that the Lockhart hardware profile mimics 7.5 GB of usable RAM, an CPU speed less than Anaconda and approximately 4 teraflops of GPU power.
So what does this all mean? There is a lot of certainty that a second Xbox Series X is coming and with lesser specs it’s believed to be a digital only edition. There is a lot of speculation on whether or not a digital edition only console is good or bad but with Microsoft Xbox Game Pass and xCloud in the works it may make sense. The Lockhart Xbox Series X is expected to push 1080p to 1440p graphics which may make it well suited for a streaming only console.
At this point all of this could be said to be speculation and rumors. However, there is an Anaconda emblazoned on the Xbox Series X mainboard.