Everything We Just Learned About The Future Of Xbox

A recent leak from Microsoft has brought to light some exciting revelations about the company’s plans for the near future. The leak provides insights into upcoming consoles, unannounced games, and the behind-the-scenes workings of Game Pass. Let’s dive into everything that has been uncovered.

Next Generation Consoles

One of the major highlights from the leak is the early information about Microsoft’s next generation of consoles. Set to potentially launch in 2028, the next-gen Xbox will prioritize “cloud-hybrid” gaming by combining console hardware with “cloud-to-edge” architecture. Microsoft is also considering the use of ARM architecture for the CPU, which is commonly found in handheld devices like the Nintendo Switch. The next-gen console will heavily incorporate AI and machine learning.

New Xbox Controller

In the shorter term, Microsoft is gearing up to release a new Xbox controller. This controller will feature haptic feedback and gyro controls for the first time on an Xbox controller. Additionally, Microsoft is placing emphasis on sustainability with a rechargeable and replaceable battery, improved repairability, and the use of recycled materials. The new controller, codenamed Sebile, is expected to launch next year.

Mid-Gen Console Refresh

Following the controller refresh, Microsoft plans to introduce a full mid-gen console refresh for the Xbox Series X and S. These refreshed consoles will come bundled with the new Sebile controller as well. The updated consoles will be digital-only, including the new iteration of Xbox Series X called Brooklin. With a new cylindrical form, the consoles will offer increased storage, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enhancements, and a greater focus on sustainability.

Unannounced Games

A leaked release schedule from ZeniMax has shed light on several previously unheard-of games that Microsoft has its eyes on. It is unclear if these games are still in production at the time of writing, but the list includes a Fallout 3 remaster, an Oblivion remaster, Dishonored 3, a sequel to Ghostwire: Tokyo, and a Doom title known as Doom Year Zero.

Behind-the-Scenes at Microsoft

The leaks have also revealed internal emails that provide intriguing insights into Microsoft’s gaming division, particularly regarding Game Pass. One email exposed Phil Spencer expressing concern over a lack of “big exclusive launches” on Game Pass and the need for better planning in the future.

A spreadsheet included in the leaks disclosed the amount of money allocated to secure day one games for Game Pass. The figures range from $300 million for Star Wars Jedi: Survivor to $5 million for Baldur’s Gate 3. Furthermore, the emails highlight Microsoft underestimating the popularity of Baldur’s Gate, referring to it as a “second-run Stadia PC RPG.”

Additional emails showcase interesting interactions within Xbox. In one instance, Phil Spencer admits that the PS5 reveal did not cause as much anxiety as expected, as he believes Microsoft has a superior offering for the generation. In another email, Spencer refers to the acquisition of Nintendo as a potential “career moment.”

It’s important to note that these leaks stem from an improperly redacted document released as part of the FTC v. Microsoft court case. Therefore, it is crucial to approach this information with caution, as it may no longer be up-to-date or reflect current plans.

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