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Microsoft may be building a disc-less next-gen Xbox after all


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Just when it seemed Microsoft's plans for Project Scarlett, its next-generation Xbox console, were getting simpler, there's a new wrinkle to the narrative. According to Kotaku's Jason Schreier, Microsoft is "working" on a more affordable, disc-less version of the device codenamed "Lockhart."

Unpacking what that means requires a short history lesson. Back when rumors of Project Scarlett first started to trickle out in 2018, publications like Thurrott suggested that Microsoft planned to release two devices: "Anaconda," a traditional console with high-end specs; and "Lockhart," a cheaper cloud-based device with minimal ...


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