Digital-only Xbox systems seem nearer than expected
Microsoft has some exciting plans in the works for a mid-generation refresh of their Xbox Series X and S consoles. Fans can expect the updated consoles to be released in August and October of 2024, respectively.
Specs, Power-consumption and Sustainability
Recent leaks from the FTC reveal that Microsoft's next-gen console, codenamed Brooklin, is a digital-only version of the Series X. But what sets it apart from the rectangular design of its predecessor is its sleek cylindrical shape. And when it comes to specifications, the Brooklin doesn't disappoint with an impressive 12 teraflops and 4K resolution, all powered by 16GB of RAM. Plus, with 2TB of storage, you'll have plenty of space to store your favorite games and media.
But the Brooklin isn't just a powerhouse of a console. Microsoft is also making strides in sustainability with this new release. According to the leaked documents, this console reduces PSU supply by 15% and has a new low-power standby mode that uses just 20% of the current iteration's standby mode. And if that wasn't enough, the Brooklin even comes in 100% recyclable packaging, making it an environmentally friendly choice.
Xbox Series X Refresh/mid-gen info leaked thanks to FTC documents https://t.co/3KHgiOnQJd
-Xbox Series X refresh digital only (2TB storage), target launch Oct 2024
-New Xbox controller with gyro
— Wario64 (@Wario64) September 19, 2023
Everything about the Series S Refresh
The Xbox Series S seems to be in for a mid-generation upgrade, known as Ellewood, which boasts an impressive 10GB of RAM. Leaked documents suggest that Microsoft intends to unveil Ellewood and Brooklin simultaneously at the Summer Games Fest in 2024.
The timeline also indicates that Ellewood is set to launch in late August of the same year, while Brooklin will be released in October. Interestingly, both consoles are expected to retail at the same price as their current Series X and S counterparts, which are $300 and $500 US dollars, respectively. The reason behind the two-month gap between their releases is that Microsoft wants Ellewood to have its own “moment” before Brooklin takes over during the holiday season.
There is an All-New, Reworked Xbox Controller too!
It appears that Microsoft is currently developing a new controller for their Xbox console, codenamed Sebile. The most notable feature of this upcoming controller is the inclusion of an accelerometer, which will allow for gyroscopic support. According to sources, the announcement for Sebile is expected to occur during the fourth quarter of the 2024 fiscal year, with a retail launch set for the end of May 2024. The suggested retail price for this new controller is set at USD$70.
Please keep in mind that this info is retrieved from the latest trial of FTC against Microsoft regarding its acquisition attempt for Activision Blizzard. Microsoft is yet to make a public announcement about the mid-gen refresh fiesta. The chief of Xbox, Phil Spencer, even emphasized last month that there is no plan for a mid-gen refresh in their hands. Well, he didn’t explicitly say that the projects won’t change.
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