Microsoft is apparently still plotting a disc-less Xbox for 2020

Roland Moore-Colyer
 Microsoft doesn't seem to be very keen on discs

Microsoft doesn't seem to be very keen on discs

Someone's been having disc-ussions outside of Redmond

MICROSOFT LOOKS SET to make a disc-less Xbox to go alongside its Project Scarlett machine that's slated for release in late 2020.

That's according to Jason Schreier from games publication Kotaku, who heard from loose-lipped people familiar with Microsoft's console plans that the disc-free console will be codenamed "Lockhart". 

This isn't the first time we've heard that Microsoft would make two next-generation Xbox consoles, as early rumoured claimed the full-fat console was codenamed ‘Anaconda'. But then Redmond revealed that the new console was being developed under the Project Scarlett name, and there was no mention of a lower-powered disc-less console.

But it now seems there was some weight behind these early rumours. And it would make sense for Microsoft to develop a cheaper, lower-powered Xbox console that instead taps into the power of its cloud infrastructure, given it's already doing that with Project xCloud, which is currently in beta.

Microsoft also released the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition, which took the Xbox One S console and equipped it with a bigger 1TB hard drive but dropped the Blu-ray player, meaning the console is reliant on digital game downloads.

Schreier's report suggests that Lockhart will be more like a traditional games console than just a streaming box, so it would be more of a successor to the Xbox One S than that of the more powerful Xbox One X.

But this was all based on Schreier's conversations with developers rather than any official word, so there's a lot of scope for speculation here rather than any hard facts.

While images of PlayStation 5 development kit seem to be popping up, Microsoft has been pretty tight-lipped on its next-gen console machinations. However, 'Holiday 2020' is still a year away, so we can expect to see more Project Scarlett news pop up once we get a decent way into next year. µ

More on Storage

Cloud adoption and the rise of modern cloud-native apps will define the year ahead

All cloud, all-flash: An interview with Pure Storage's Wes van den Berg

Cloud and container adoption will define the next 12 months

Computing Staff
clock 26 November 2021 • 3 min read
The Imperial War Museum's main atrium at Lambeth Road

Data to last a lifetime: the Imperial War Museum's storage campaign

"When I started I was shown an office with a shelf with a load of 500 gigabyte hard drives"

Rebecca Perry-Gamble
clock 06 July 2021 • 7 min read
How to measure the durability and availability of your cloud storage

How to measure the durability and availability of your cloud storage

Any organisation looking to make the leap to cloud storage needs to understand the risk of data degrading or being inaccessible

David Friend
clock 17 November 2020 • 5 min read