Introducing Microsoft’s Innovative Disc-Less Xbox Series X and Next-Gen Gyro Controller

Disc-Less Xbox Series X

Microsoft is gearing up for a significant refresh of its Xbox Series X console in 2024, introducing a fresh design and a slew of exciting features. Referred to by the codename “Brooklin,” this yet-to-be-announced console refresh inadvertently came to light through newly surfaced documents related to the FTC v. Microsoft case.

The forthcoming Xbox Series X boasts a distinct cylindrical design compared to its predecessor and will notably exclude a disc drive. According to confidential internal documents from Microsoft, this updated console will come equipped with a spacious 2TB of storage, a front-facing USB-C port with power delivery capabilities, and an all-new, more immersive controller.

Speaking of the controller, it’s codenamed “Sebille” and is set to be officially unveiled later this year. This innovative gamepad incorporates wireless enhancements and modular thumbsticks. When viewed from above, it sports a two-tone white and black color scheme. The Sebille controller will feature an accelerometer for gyro support and support a direct connection to the cloud, Bluetooth 5.2, and an updated “Xbox Wireless 2” connection. Notably, it will also include “precision haptic feedback” and “VCA haptics double as speakers” as part of its specifications. Expect quieter buttons and thumbsticks, a rechargeable and swappable battery, modular thumbsticks, and even the ability to wake it up by lifting it.

Disc-Less Xbox Series X

Inside the redesigned Xbox Series X, Microsoft is adding Wi-Fi 6E support and upgrading to a Bluetooth 5.2 radio. The company is also downsizing the existing die to 6nm for enhanced efficiency. Additionally, the power supply unit (PSU) power will see a reduction of 15 percent, as stated in Microsoft’s documents. Despite these improvements, Microsoft intends to keep the launch price at a competitive $499, aligning with the initial Xbox Series X pricing.

Looking at Microsoft’s roadmap, it becomes clear that this refresh extends beyond the Xbox Series X. The plan includes a refreshed Xbox Series S with 1TB of storage, adding Wi-Fi 6E support and Bluetooth 5.2. This refreshed Series S will also feature the new Xbox controller.

Disc-Less Xbox Series X

Interestingly, the documents allude to the potential for console customization through Microsoft’s Xbox Design Lab program. However, it’s worth noting that this initiative is not yet fully funded, according to the leaked documents. Additionally, there’s mention of a new Elite controller in the works, expected to include the same updates as the main controller refresh.

If all goes according to plan, Microsoft aims to launch the refreshed Xbox Series S in September of the following year, with the Xbox Series X refresh set to hit the shelves in November, promising an exciting and competitive future for the Xbox ecosystem.