An FTC Leak Reveals Roadmap For Xbox Console Redesigns

Designs for a series of updated Xbox consoles in 2024 have surfaced online – after the information was accidentally released as part of unredacted documents connected to the ongoing FTC case against the Activision Blizzard merger (H/T The Verge). We begin with the Xbox Series X. Code-named Brooklin, an image of the revised next-gen console reveals it to be cylindrical and without a built-in disc drive. 

The console, slated to launch at the end of October 2024, will reportedly have 2TB of storage (1TB more than the original), a USB-C port with power delivery, reduced PSU power by 15%, constructed with entirely recycled materials, and a brand-new “immersive controller.”

With an asking price of $499, Brooklin is expected to produce “4K Gen9 console gaming” and a “beautiful redesign that elevates the all-digital experience for the Xbox ecosystem.”

Brooklin Console Update.
Brooklin Console Update. (Pic: FTC v. Microsoft).

Xbox are reportedly on track to announce the new controller, under the code-name of Sebille, at an undisclosed date in 2023 (which may now change).

The controller will feature new modular thumbsticks and quieter buttons, better longevity, an accelerometer for gyro support, seamless connection to the cloud, a rechargeable and swappable battery, recycled materials, less resin, and Bluetooth 5.

VCA haptics will “double as speakers,” and “precision haptic feedback” are further notable qualities detailed under the specs list. According to a roadmap by Microsoft, Sebille is predicted to debut at the end of May 2024.

Ellewood Console.
Ellewood Console. (Pic: FTC v. Microsoft).

Code-named Ellewood, the updated, all-digital Series S console looks near-identical to the original. A leaked image of the revised console will provide “Gen9 console gaming with more internal storage, faster WiFi, reduced power, and a more immersive controller” for an “affordable” price tag. 

At only $299, Ellewood boasts 1TB of storage (up from 512GB), 10GB of RAM, WiFi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, three USB-A ports, and an enhanced low-power standby mode (20% of the current XSS standby mode – according to the documents). Ellewood is scheduled to launch at the end of August 2024. 

In the wake of the leak, Microsoft will likely revise the release dates for any, and all new hardware launches. Stay tuned with GameLuster for more information.

Sebille Controller.
Sebille Controller. (Pic: FTC v. Microsoft).
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