A new Xbox controller, codenamed Sebile, has been revealed in a massive leak of Microsoft documents. Formally referred to as the Xbox Universal Controller, Sebile is set to bring a higher level of sustainability and durability to the gaming experience. This controller is expected to be available in the Xbox Design Lab, allowing buyers to personalize the controller with custom colors. Limited edition versions of Sebile are also anticipated.
One of the standout features of the Sebile controller is its swappable, rechargeable battery. This means that when the battery eventually dies, users can easily replace it rather than having to purchase an entirely new controller. Microsoft has also taken steps towards sustainability by incorporating recycled materials and reducing the use of resin in the production of this device, aiming to minimize waste.
In terms of durability, Sebile will feature new modular thumbsticks and improved longevity. The controller’s hardware map outlines these enhancements, with the goal of providing a more reliable gaming experience. Additionally, the inclusion of precision haptic feedback, VCA haptics that double as speakers, an accelerometer, and quieter buttons and thumbsticks will contribute to an immersive gameplay experience.
Sebile is designed to automatically wake up when lifted, eliminating the need to manually switch it on if it has entered sleep mode. The controller will only support wireless connectivity options. According to leaked documents, Sebile is slated for release at the end of May 2024, with an announcement expected prior to that.
This leak also reveals that Microsoft has a range of hardware plans lined up, including a mid-generation refresh of the Xbox Series X and S before the release of the next Xbox console, scheduled for 2028.
Sources: Leaked Microsoft documents