Microsoft’s mid-gen refresh for the Xbox was just unwittingly outed today, thanks to the FTC lawsuit.
This is the same lawsuit where District Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley ruled in favor of Microsoft, allowing them to continue pursuing the deal to acquire Activision. While Judge Corley’s decision was a major blow to the FTC, they went ahead with an appeal, and that appeal is now ongoing.
So, Microsoft was once again compelled to share documents in the course of the court case. Either by negligence or malice, the FTC failed to properly redact or censored the details about the next Xbox refresh. It is for that reason that we have these details now, courtesy of Okami Games.
Let’s get straight to the chase. The Xbox Series S will get one update, codenamed Ellewood, and Xbox Series X gets two updates, codenamed Brooklin and Uther respectively. All three will no longer have optical drives.
The new Xbox Series S will target 4 teraflops at 1440p, while both Xbox Series X updates target 12 teraflops at 4K. They also get updates to Xbox Wireless 2 standard, Bluetooth 5.2, WiFi 6E, and the new Sebile wireless controllers. The Sebile, of course, interacts with the Xbox consoles using the new standards, and can also be used for the cloud.
The Sebile is designed like the first generation Xbox Series X|S controller, but adds haptic feedback, and an accelerometer to enable motion controls.
On paper, there’s a lot to get excited about, but since this all leaked out, fans have focused on one particular detail – the new consoles will no longer have optical drives.
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