Microsoft and Xbox representatives appeared in court several times earlier this year to legally approve its massive $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard. As usual, certain documents, emails and more were kept from the public and the press during court proceedings. However, with several unseen documents leaked, we learned that Xbox boss Phil Spencer at one point considered acquiring Nintendo and Warner Bros. Games. Other documents point to Microsoft’s plans for an Xbox Series X/S refresh next year with a new controller that includes gyro, haptic feedback, and more. edge.
The Xbox Series X refresh is called “Brooklyn” and notably, it doesn’t have a disc drive like Sony’s PlayStation 5 digital version, which costs less than the PS5’s disc version. Microsoft’s internal documents state, “The Brooklyn 4K Gen9 console offers gaming with more internal storage, faster Wi-Fi, lower power, a more immersive controller, and a beautiful redesign that elevates the all-digital experience of the Xbox ecosystem.”
Without a disc drive, the Brooklyn ditches the rectangular shape of the Xbox Series X in favor of a cylindrical one. According to an internal document, it comes with 2TB storage for games, USB-C front port with power delivery, Wi-Fi 6E radio, improved Bluetooth capability, low power, more efficient standby mode and more. It includes an updated Xbox controller and is priced at $499, the same price as the Xbox Series X on launch day.
Internal documents reveal that on that new controller, Xbox will call it the “Sebile.” According to the documents, it will have haptic feedback, a feature on PlayStation’s DualSense controllers, special haptics that double as speakers, an accelerometer, and mute buttons and thumbsticks. Those thumbsticks are modular, with “improved longevity (and) advanced construction improvements.” Plus, a new “Lift to Wake” feature will seemingly allow players to pick up the controller to turn it on. Its battery is rechargeable and replaceable.
There’s also “Ellewood,” which internal documents could go by if an Xbox Series S refresh is planned for next year. It’s priced at $299, includes 1TB of internal storage, better Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, a new “Sebile” Xbox controller, better energy efficiency, and more. The document states, “The Ellewood Gen9 console offers gaming with more internal storage, faster Wi-Fi, lower power and a more immersive controller at a single affordable price.”
Microsoft released the 1TB Xbox Series S this month, but it lacks some of the improvements planned for Black and Ellewood.
edge Microsoft has also reported that it is tentatively planning to launch the refreshed Xbox Series X in September 2024 and the refreshed Xbox Series X in November 2024.
For more, read Microsoft’s other internal documents from court proceedings reveal how Xbox boss Phil Spencer considered acquiring Nintendo and Warner Bros. Games at one point.
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