A series of slides attached to court documents related to Microsoft’s ongoing dealings with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have revealed new details about the company’s plans for Xbox and Bethesda. Among the revelations are plans for a mid-generation, digital-only redesign of the Xbox Series X console with a targeted launch of October 2024. Another new product is a redesigned Xbox controller with a targeted launch of May 2024.
The slides also highlight a project called “Ellewood,” which is a mid-generation refresh for the budget-friendly Xbox Series S. While the external design remains the same, Ellewood will feature internal improvements. Microsoft intended to officially announce these two consoles in mid-2024.
Furthermore, the documents provide insight into Microsoft’s plans for the next-generation Xbox, rumored for release in 2028. This new console is expected to include hybrid computing with on-board and cloud architecture, the use of AI for game performance optimization, and a dedicated, open creator platform for development. Microsoft is also working on a “Thin OS” that can run on consumer or handheld devices priced at $99.
Another notable reveal is the Xbox Series X Refresh, codenamed “Brooklin.” It will have increased storage and be priced at $499, the same as the original Xbox Series X. The new features of Brooklin include a rounded chassis, 2TB internal storage, a front USB-C port with power delivery, Wi-Fi 6E radio, and Bluetooth 5.2 radio. It will also consume 15% less power than the original Xbox Series X and come with 100% recyclable packaging.
The refreshed Xbox Series S, codenamed “Ellewood,” will have similar internal improvements but will maintain the same external chassis as the current model.
Additionally, a new Xbox Universal controller codenamed “Sebile” was revealed. It is designed with cloud gaming features, improved haptics, and motion capabilities. The controller will have a glossy white upper chassis with rubberized black grips, Xbox Wireless 2 technology, direct-to-cloud technology, precision haptic feedback, an accelerometer, quieter buttons and thumbsticks, Bluetooth 5.2, a rechargeable and swappable battery, recycled materials, repair and disassembly capability, a new modular thumbstick, “Lift to wake” functionality, and continued build improvements for improved longevity.
The documents also hint at upcoming games, including remasters of The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion, Doom Year Zero, and Fallout 3. A sequel to Ghostwire: Tokyo and several codenamed and licensed IP titles are also mentioned.
It is important to note that Microsoft has not officially confirmed these details as of now.
– US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) court documents