Recent leaks from the FTC v. Microsoft courtroom battle have unveiled Microsoft's future plans for its Xbox business. The most significant revelation is the introduction of a new Xbox console intended to refresh the current Xbox Series X.
This upcoming model, codenamed “Brooklin,” is a mid-cycle refresh for the current generation. It is set to abandon the familiar rectangular cuboid design in favor of a more cylindrical appearance. This design change is evident from the front angle depicted in one of the leaked documents.
Features and Specifications
The Brooklin refresh is not an upgraded “Pro” version, meaning its performance will align with the existing Series X. However, advancements in technology have allowed for a reduction in the current 6nm die powering the console, leading to a 15% decrease in power consumption. The new console will boast 2TB of internal storage, a USB-C port on the front for power delivery, and support for Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2.
Interestingly, Microsoft seems to be moving away from the disk drive for this version, a move previously seen only in the more affordable Xbox Series S. This suggests that Microsoft might introduce a separate disk drive for enthusiasts who prefer physical media or wish to access their existing game libraries. Of course, it may also mean Microsoft is making the bold move to ditch discs altogether, although that is unlikely.
Release Timeline and Pricing
As for availability, another document leak provides insights into Microsoft's launch plans. The new cylindrical Series X is slated for a November 2024 release, retaining the $499 price point of its predecessor. While the Series S recently underwent a minor update with enhanced storage, there are hints of another refresh, codenamed “Ellewood,” set to debut shortly after Brooklin in 2024.
It is also worth noting Microsoft also has the mid-cycle refresh for the Series S, currently with the codename “Ellewood”. The big improvement here is a 1TB drive instead of 500GB. The Series S is currently very limited in terms of storage in an age where major games weigh 100GB.
Microsoft also discusses a new “Immersive” gyro controller that will be for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. It is currently in development with the codename “Sebile” and will finally bring a rechargeable and swappable battery.