According to documents filed as part of the recent FTC lawsuit against Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, the tech giant is planning to release a new console hardware generation in 2028. The documents also revealed the existence of a discless version of the Xbox Series X, code-named Brooklin.
Unlike the current disc-enabled version, the Brooklin console will have a cylindrical design, similar to the old-school Mac Pros or an air purifier. While there don’t appear to be any major gaming capability upgrades, materials for the console claim that it is actually better than the current model.
The Brooklin console will come with 2TB of storage, double the amount of the current disc-laden Series X. It will also include Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 support for improved communication and lower latency. Efficiency and sustainability are also prioritized, with a 6nm die shrink to reduce power consumption, a lower-power standby mode, and 100% recycled packaging.
The new Xbox controller, known internally as Sebile, features a rechargeable battery that can be easily swapped out if it fails. It includes upgrades such as precision haptic feedback, VCA haptics that double as speakers, and improved longevity of the thumbsticks. The controller is designed with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate’s cloud gaming in mind.
In addition to the Brooklin console and Sebile controller, Microsoft’s launch timeline indicates the potential release of a refreshed version of the Xbox Series S. This new version, code-named Ellewood 1TB, is expected to launch in August 2024 with enhancements similar to the Brooklin Series X.
The Brooklin console will be released later in the year, with at least a 60-day gap between the two launches. This strategy is intended to maximize sales and provide Ellewood its own moment in the holiday timeline. Additionally, another console, Starkville, will reach the end of its life just before the launch of the Brooklin console.
Sources: internal documents from the FTC lawsuit against Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard.