Microsoft is planning a mid-generation refresh of the Xbox Sequence X with a brand new disc-less cylindrical design, based on a document by accident 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 Sequence S, key specs for the brand new units and a timeline. It's not clear how the paperwork got here into public view, however they could possibly be damaging for Xbox's gaming enterprise, because it exhibits the corporate's technique effectively over a 12 months upfront.
Microsoft beforehand acknowledged it has no plans to a mid-gen console refresh, however that doesn't look like true based on the doc. In reality, the corporate plans a minimum of three new consoles. The primary, codenamed Ellewood, is a lightweight refresh of the Xbox Sequence S (set to reach in September 2024), whereas "Brooklin," tentatively deliberate for November 2024, is a brand new disc-less model of the Xbox Sequence X. One other mannequin, referred to 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's launched, we'll seemingly see video games with assist for the gyro, letting you maneuver simply by transferring the controller round. The corporate may even have an XDL model of Sebile, codenamed Igraine.
The star of this leak is the brand new up to date Xbox Sequence X console, although. Whereas Microsoft touts it as "cute" (presumably because of the cylindrical design that's much less extreme than the present fridge-like Xbox Sequence X), many avid gamers might not discover the dearth of a disc cute in any respect.
Together with the brand new design, the Sequence 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 may end in a lowered (15 %) energy draw with a brand new low-power standby mode that's as much as 80 % lower than present standby, together with elevated use of recycled plastic (>30 %) and one hundred pc recycled packaging.
It'll have 2TB of storage, or double the present mannequin, and are available customary with the Sebile controller. Microsoft additionally notes that it'll have the "identical nice worth" as the present Xbox Sequence X at $499 when it arrives (tentatively November 2024), however that's a considerably disingenuous assertion given the dearth of a disc.
The Xbox Sequence S may have comparable enhancements inside, together with double the storage (1TB somewhat than 512GB), although the design seems comparatively unchanged. It's additionally set to hold the identical present $299 worth, with availability tentatively set for September 2024.
Much more info is laid out, together with issues that Microsoft would little doubt need personal, like projected gross sales volumes, margins, funding and extra. As an illustration, Microsoft notes that "Sebile full product imaginative and prescient not at present authorised resulting from GM % (gross margin proportion), and seems to put 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 Recreation Move subscription numbers. The leak seems to be a large screwup that can seemingly trigger some extreme fallout, so keep tuned.
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