Microsoft is set to give its Xbox Series X console a major refresh in 2024, according to leaked documents from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) v. Microsoft case. Codenamed Brooklin, the new console design will feature a more circular shape and will not include a disc drive. The internal documents also reveal that the new Xbox Series X will come with 2TB of storage, double the amount of the current model. It will also have a USB-C front port with power delivery and an all-new, more immersive controller.
The upcoming Xbox controller, codenamed Sebille, is expected to be announced later this year. It will come with an accelerometer for gyro support and will feature a two-tone color scheme. The controller will support a direct connection to the cloud and will have Bluetooth 5.2 and an updated Xbox Wireless 2 connection. Microsoft also mentions “precision haptic feedback” and “VCA haptics double as speakers” as specifications for the controller. It will have quieter buttons and thumbsticks, a rechargeable and swappable battery, modular thumbsticks, and the ability to wake it up by lifting it.
Aside from the design and controller upgrades, Microsoft is also making changes under the hood of the new Xbox Series X. It will add Wi-Fi 6E support and a Bluetooth 5.2 radio. The company is also shrinking the existing die to 6nm for improved efficiency. As a result, the power supply unit (PSU) power will be reduced by 15 percent. Despite these changes, Microsoft is aiming to keep the same launch price of $499 for the new Xbox Series X.
In addition to the console refresh, Microsoft is also planning to release a refreshed Xbox Series S with 1TB of storage. The company recently launched a black version of the Xbox Series S, but another refresh is rumored to be on the way in 2024. This new model will also feature Wi-Fi 6E support and Bluetooth 5.2, along with the new Xbox controller.
According to Microsoft’s roadmap, the refreshed Xbox Series S is tentatively scheduled for release in September, followed by the Xbox Series X refresh in November. These dates are subject to change, but they give an idea of Microsoft’s plans for the future of its gaming consoles.
Overall, the leaked documents suggest that Microsoft is committed to continuously improving its Xbox Series X and Series S consoles. The upcoming refreshes will bring significant design changes, controller enhancements, and technological upgrades, all aimed at delivering a more immersive and enjoyable gaming experience. Fans of the Xbox platform can look forward to these exciting updates in the coming years.