Microsoft is extending its reptile-themed codenames for its Xbox consoles. The original Xbox One was codenamed Durango and the Xbox One X took the arachnid-themed Scorpio codename. Now it appears the next-generation Xbox console is coming out in 2020, is codenamed Anaconda. Windows Central first announced new codenames for Xbox over the weekend, and it shows Microsoft is preparing to launch two new consoles as part of its overall “Scarlett” next-generation Xbox plans.
Codename Anaconda will be as good as current Xbox One X, with updated hardware and processors/graphics from AMD. Anaconda may also come with an SSD storage to reduce game load times. Microsoft is also reportedly planning a second console, codenamed Lockhart, that will come out as the more affordable Xbox. Both of these consoles will completely support backward compatible Xbox and Xbox 360 games, and Xbox One games.
While these are the two next-generation Xbox consoles, Microsoft could also be planning a disc-less version of the Xbox One S for 2019. Thurrott first announced on this last month, but Windows Central now says the software behemoth may reveal this cheaper Xbox as early as next month, with plans to launch it in spring 2019. More interestingly, Microsoft is also reportedly considering a disc-to-digital program that will change physical disc libraries into digital ones. Microsoft first plans this same feature for the launch of the Xbox One, but the Microsoft dropped it after the controversial always-online requirements and disc sharing matters.
Microsoft’s next-gen consoles will also come with a big focus on the company’s xCloud game streaming service. Microsoft is preparing to open up public trials of the service as early as next year, and it will make Xbox titles available across PCs, smartphones, and consoles.