Microsoft is preparing to unveil a major redesign of its Xbox Series X console in 2024. The new design, codenamed Brooklyn, was accidentally revealed in recent FTC documents against Microsoft. Now all the documents in this case have been deleted by the regulator, but a copy of the file has been left at The Verge. Of these, we know that the updated console will have a cylindrical shape and no disk drive, which marks a departure from the current design.
Improved storage and connectivity
The new Xbox Series X will come with 2 TB of internal storage, a significant increase from the current 1 TB. It will also have a front USB-C port with power supply capability. Microsoft also plans to introduce support for Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 in the new design. The company aims to reduce the existing process to 6nm for increased efficiency and plans to reduce the power supply by 15%.
Next generation controller
A new controller, codenamed Sebille, is also in the works and is expected to be announced later this year. The controller will have an accelerometer, gyroscope, two-tone coloring, direct cloud connectivity, Bluetooth 5.2, and an updated Xbox Wireless 2 connection.
The controller will also offer “precise haptic feedback” and a “VCA headset that will work like speakers.” It will come with quieter buttons and sticks, a rechargeable and replaceable battery, and modular joysticks. The controller will also have a “lift to wake” function.
Xbox price and roadmap
Microsoft plans that the starting price of the new Xbox Series X will be $499, which is the same as the current model. The company has also outlined a roadmap that includes an updated Xbox Series S with 1 TB of storage, Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 support. The new Series S model could be launched in September 2024, followed by the Series X update in November.
Microsoft’s Xbox Design Lab program for console customization and a new Elite controller with similar updates as the main controller upgrade were also mentioned as part of the company’s long-term goals for 2030, although these plans have not yet been fully funded.
The new design and features are designed to enhance the gaming experience and align with Microsoft’s broader goals for the Xbox ecosystem.