Microsoft is planning a mid-generation refresh of the Xbox Collection X with a brand new disc-less cylindrical design, based on a doc by chance revealed from the FTC v. Microsoft court docket battle. It additionally leaked the existence of a brand new controller with a gyro (codenamed Sebile), a refreshed Xbox Collection S, key specs for the brand new units and a timeline. It is not clear how the paperwork got here into public view, however they may very well be damaging for Xbox’s gaming enterprise, because it exhibits the corporate’s technique properly over a 12 months upfront.
Microsoft beforehand said it has no plans to a mid-gen console refresh, however that does not seem like true based on the doc. In reality, the corporate plans at least three new consoles. The primary, codenamed Ellewood, is a light-weight refresh of the Xbox Collection S (set to reach in September 2024), whereas “Brooklin,” tentatively deliberate for November 2024, is a brand new disc-less model of the Xbox Collection X. One other mannequin, known as XDL, matches Brooklin’s specs however will presumably provide Xbox Design Lab customization.
Microsoft’s two-tone “Sebile” controller has a built-in accelerometer and haptics that “double as audio system,” which might make it extra like Sony’s newest DualSense controller. It additionally options new modular thumbsticks, quieter buttons and thumbsticks and new app options, together with sustainability tweaks like a swappable battery, recycled supplies and improved reparability. As soon as it is launched, we’ll seemingly see video games with help for the gyro, letting you maneuver simply by transferring the controller round. The corporate may also have an XDL model of Sebile, codenamed Igraine.
The star of this leak is the brand new up to date Xbox Collection X console, although. Whereas Microsoft touts it as “lovable” (presumably because of the cylindrical design that is much less extreme than the present fridge-like Xbox Collection X), many players might not discover the shortage of a disc cute in any respect.
Together with the brand new design, the Collection X will include Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, USB-C entrance port, an all-new southbridge “to modernize IO and sustainability efforts” and a 6-nanometer die shrink. That can lead to a lowered (15 %) energy draw with a brand new low-power standby mode that is as much as 80 % lower than present standby, together with elevated use of recycled plastic (>30 %) and one hundred pc recycled packaging.
It’s going to have 2TB of storage, or double the present mannequin, and are available commonplace with the Sebile controller. Microsoft additionally notes that it will have the “similar nice worth” as the present Xbox Collection X at $499 when it arrives (tentatively November 2024), however that is a considerably disingenuous assertion given the shortage of a disc.
The Xbox Collection S may have related enhancements inside, together with double the storage (1TB slightly than 512GB), although the design seems comparatively unchanged. It is also set to hold the identical present $299 worth, with availability tentatively set for September 2024.
Much more data is laid out, together with issues that Microsoft would little doubt need non-public, like projected gross sales volumes, margins, funding and extra. As an example, Microsoft notes that “Sebile full product imaginative and prescient not at the moment authorized as a consequence of GM % (gross margin proportion), and seems to position that ball within the “Finance” court docket. It additionally outlines a “path to management in gaming” with a imaginative and prescient of cloud-first, PC-first and console-first Xbox Sport Go subscription numbers. The leak seems to be an enormous screwup that can seemingly trigger some extreme fallout, so keep tuned.