With the leak of Microsoft’s ‘Roadmap to 2030’ document from unredacted court documents, we now know that the company is planning new hardware revisions of the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles, dubbed Brooklin and Ellewood respectively.
The Brooklin Xbox Series X refresh will make some big changes to the console’s design, stepping away from being a fridge-like tower in favour of being cylinder that will look more like a big of drainpipe, which Microsoft describes as being “adorable”. This shift means two things: the console will not have a disc drive, and it will probably roll away if you put it on its side.
This refresh will replace the original designs of Xbox Series consoles, so without a disc drive, Microsoft is waving goodbye to physical gaming.
Inside the console, the Brooklin Xbox Series X will not be a mid-gen upgrade like the PS4 Pro or Xbox One X. Instead this is a more traditional mid-generation design refresh, though it does come with a good few improvements. The main chip will get a die shrink down to 6 nanometer that, alongside a new southbridge chip, will help to reduce power draw by 15%, and bring a new low-power standby mode that’s 80% more efficient.
The new Series X will also feature Wi-Fi 6E support, Bluetooth 5.2, and have a USB-C port on the front that was a glaring omission from the original Series X design. With no disc drive, the Series X will have 2TB of internal storage.
In general, Microsoft is pushing for more sustainable materials usage, increasing the amount of recycled plastic to around 30%, and making the packaging 100% recycled.
Microsoft are looking to hold onto the same price points that they started the generation with, as the Xbox Series S Ellewood will come in at $299, while theRead more on thesixthaxis.com