Microsoft's plans for Xbox Series X and Series S mid-gen refreshes leaked, Series X Brooklin to feature 6 nm AMD Zen 2, 2 TB storage, Wi-Fi 6E, and USB-C
We are currently at a point where mid-cycle refreshes of the Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5 can be expected sometime before Holiday 2024. We've been hearing quite a few rumors about the PS5 Slim and the PlayStation 5 Pro, and now we are getting to know some juicy details about the Xbox Series X/S refresh.
Interestingly, this leak comes in the wake of Xbox chief Phil Spencer recently confirming there are no plans for a Pro Xbox refresh.
According to leaked slides from purported FTC documents posted on Resetera forums, Microsoft is once again planning to launch two consoles codenamed Brooklin and Ellewood. Brooklin is the refreshed Xbox Series X while Ellewood refers to the refreshed Xbox Series S.
Xbox Series X "Brooklin" Refresh
Microsoft seems to have redesigned Brooklin for a more cylindrical look without a disc drive. Changes coming to Brooklin include USB-C with power delivery, 2 TB of storage, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, and a refreshed 6 nm Zen 2 core for improved efficiency.
The documents also indicate Microsoft has made improvements to power consumption with up to 15% lesser power requirement and 80% lesser consumption in a new low-power standby mode. Brooklin will continue to be made available at a US$499 price point.
Xbox Series S "Ellewood" Refresh
Unlike Brooklin, Microsoft would be retaining the current design language for the refreshed Xbox Series S "Ellewood". Ellewood will now come in a 1 TB capacity, similar to the Series S Carbon Black Edition that launched a few months ago.
The Series S Refresh will also benefit from Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 networking and the new low-power standby mode. Unfortunately, there is no USB-C port as is the case with Brooklin. Ellewood will have a launch price of US$299.
Xbox Universal Controller "Sebile"
Microsoft has plans to announce a new Xbox Universal Controller codenamed Sebile later this year. Sebile's sports a new two-tone design that is not too unlike the Elite Series 2 Wireless Controller.
Sebile will support Direct-to-Cloud and the new Xbox Wireless 2 protocol that will be made available on Brooklin and Ellewood along with improvements to pairing and switching. The controller will have new modular thumbsticks with improved life and quieter operation while offering the same ergonomics as the original Xbox controller.
Sebile is powered by a rechargeable and replaceable battery, and adds new immersive features such as an accelerometer, precision haptic feedback, and voice coil actuator (VCA) haptics. VCAs are essentially speakers that can be adapted to create richer, more realistic tactile feedback compared to conventional haptic actuators.
Both Brooklin and Ellewood will bundle the Sebile controller by default. The controller will be available in Q4 2024 for US$69.99.
Official announcement in June 2024, availability from September
The leaked slides also indicate Microsoft's announcement plans for the above devices. The company will official unveil Brooklin and Ellewood in June 2024 followed by Ellewood's launch closer to September and Brooklin closer to November.
Microsoft apparently feels having a 60-day separation between both the launches helps in better audience engagement for these respective categories. This also helps the company throw individual limelight and drive sales on the Series X Brooklin refresh just in time for the holidays.