Microsoft is said to be preparing for the release of updated versions of its Xbox Series consoles in 2024, as revealed in recently disclosed court documents from the company’s legal battle with the FTC. The higher-end model, Xbox Series X, codenamed ‘Brooklin’, will feature a new cylindrical design and eliminate the disc drive. It will also include an expanded internal storage of 2TB, enhanced wifi, and reduced power consumption. The console is expected to launch in October 2024 at a price of $499, the same as the current Xbox Series X.
The refreshed version of the lower-priced Xbox Series S, codenamed ‘Ellewood’, will retain the same form factor as the existing model but will offer faster wifi, reduced power consumption, and an increased internal storage of 1TB. The anticipated release date for this version is August 2024, with a price tag of $299.
Accompanying these consoles will be a new and immersive controller, codenamed Sebile, featuring a swappable, rechargeable battery and constructed with recycled materials to promote sustainability. It will also introduce haptic feedback, an accelerometer, modular thumbsticks, and a sleep mode that can activate the controller simply by picking it up. The exact price and release date for the controller have yet to be announced.
Additionally, the court documents unveiled future release plans for Bethesda’s various studios, including titles such as Dishonored 3, Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion remaster, Fallout 3 remaster, and a Ghostwire: Tokyo sequel. The document also mentioned potential DLC expansions for Doom, The Elder Scrolls Online, and Starfield. Furthermore, an unannounced game based on a licensed IP was expected to be released in FY24.
While the accuracy of the release dates listed in the document is uncertain, as some titles have already experienced delays, the information provides an intriguing glimpse into Microsoft’s plans for the future of its gaming ecosystem.
Source: Eurogamer (article not available online)