It’s unusual for Xbox to have leaks, but it seems like the gaming company has experienced a major one. Documents from the FTC v. Microsoft case have revealed information about a possible redesign of the Xbox Series X, upcoming games, a new controller, and a potential next-generation Xbox console that may arrive in five years. This is the first time such information has been leaked.
With what seems to be a mistake on Microsoft’s part, the unannounced console refresh was accidentally revealed in new FTC v. Microsoft documents. The US district court uploaded these, but were later deleted even though it was too late by then. The court instructed the Federal Trade Commission and Microsoft to share the trial exhibits with redactions that complied with the court’s recent rulings through “a secure cloud link”, according to Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley’s filing.
Xbox Series X redesign, All-new controller
The leaked documents showed a disc-less redesign of the current generation Xbox series X codenamed Brooklin. The reveal stated that it has 2TB of storage (up from 1TB), a USB-C port with power delivery on the front, and an “all-new, more immersive” controller. The console would also get Wi-Fi 6E support and Bluetooth 5.2.
As for the new controller, it is codenamed Sebile and is set to be announced early next year for $69.99. It will be equipped with an accelerometer, allowing users to lift it to wake the gamepad. It will adopt a two-tone colour scheme and a direct connection to the cloud and Bluetooth 5.2. Then there’s the addition of “precision haptic feedback” and “VCA haptics double as speakers” as specs for the controller. The buttons and joysticks will apparently be quieter, along with a rechargeable and swappable battery and support for modular thumbsticks.
Moreover, a Series S redesign seems to be in the works but not as major as Series X. It will come sometime in 2024 with Wi-Fi 6E support and Bluetooth 5.2. It will also include support for the new Xbox controller. Microsoft plans to launch this new Xbox Series S refresh next year in September, while the Xbox Series X refresh will come in November of 2024.
Unannounced Games & plans to buy Nintendo
The leaked documents show a bunch of games with their planned launch timeline, including:
- The Oblivion remaster (Was set to release in fiscal year 2022)
- Ghostwire: Tokyo sequel (fiscal year 2024)
- Doom Year Zero and DLC (fiscal year 2023) and a second update for DLC (fiscal year 2024)
- The Fallout 3 remaster (fiscal year 2024)
- Dishonored 3 (fiscal year 2024)
Meanwhile, Phil Spencer, the CEO of Microsoft Gaming, shared plans with two Microsoft marketing executives back in 2020 regarding buying Nintendo, according to the Emails as seen in the court documents.
Spencer said, “Nintendo is THE prime asset for us in Gaming” and that “getting Nintendo would be a career moment and I honestly believe a good move for both companies”. “I’ve had numerous conversations with the LT of Nintendo about tighter collaboration and feel like if any US company would have a chance with Nintendo, we are probably in the best position,” Spencer added.
The introduction of Cloud Hybrid Games
The company plans to achieve “full convergence” of its cloud gaming platform and physical hardware, potentially allowing it to deliver “cloud hybrid games.”. One of the slides in the set of documents read, “Our vision: develop a next-generation hybrid game platform capable of leveraging the combined power of the client and cloud to deliver deeper immersion and entirely new classes of game experiences”. As per the leaked documents, this could all be integrated into Microsoft’s next Xbox, slated to arrive in 2028.
Microsoft reacts to the leak
Phil Spencer posted on X, stating, “We’ve seen the conversation around old emails and documents. It is hard to see our team’s work shared in this way because so much has changed, and there’s so much to be excited about right now and in the future. We will share the real plans when we are ready”. This suggests that the plans leaked in the documents could have been changed, delayed or may also have been preponed.