Microsoft plans to launch new versions of the Xbox Series X and Series S next year. This emerges from internal documents that were apparently accidentally published following the court hearings against the FTC. The documents provide transparent insight into Microsoft’s future Xbox plans – including the release date of the upcoming next-gen console. The documents are marked “Highly Confidential” and “Redacted,” but are openly available online.
According to the documents, Microsoft plans to relaunch its Xbox Series X and S in 2024. The Series Microsoft calls the new design “Adorably all digital” in a leaked document that was secured by the US technology magazine The Verge, among others.
Performance improvements are therefore not to be expected. However, Microsoft promises significantly more internal storage space with 2 TB; The console should also draw less power and support Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2. Similar improvements are also planned for the smaller Series S, although the design will not change. The prices of the consoles should also remain the same after the refresh. The two consoles are tentatively planned for next fall.
New controller and next-gen console 2028
With the new consoles, Microsoft wants to bring a revised Xbox controller onto the market that can connect directly to the cloud for cloud gaming, similar to Google’s Stadia controller. The thumbsticks of the new Xbox controller (codename Sebile) can be replaced, and the battery can also be changed – Microsoft emphasizes sustainability for controllers and consoles alike. In the internal document, Microsoft also promises improved haptic feedback and an acceleration sensor. A nice feature: The new Xbox controller should automatically turn on when it is picked up.
The next Xbox controller from Microsoft comes with a removable battery and replaceable thumbsticks.
(Image: Court document from Microsoft vs FTC)
Another document even shows Microsoft’s next-gen plans. Accordingly, the next completely new Microsoft console should come onto the market in the calendar year 2028 – most likely at the same time as the next Sony console Playstation 6. So far there is no information about the hardware used or the planned design.
However, the documents indicate that Microsoft could aim for a permanent online connection for the console in order to increase its performance using cloud computing. We are talking about a “hybrid game platform”. A mobile component for the upcoming Xbox console is also conceivable.
Microsoft has not yet commented on the leaks.
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