Biggest leak in Xbox history reveals digital Xbox Series X, next-gen console, games, and more

Being called the “biggest leak in Xbox history”, leaked court documents from the ongoing FTC vs Microsoft case shed light on Microsoft’s plans for its next-gen console, mid-gen refresh to existing ones, as well as upcoming games like Doom, Dishonored, and more.

| Updated on: Sep 20 2023, 12:45 IST
5 best Xbox Games of 2022: Forza Horizon 5 Hot Wheels, Elden Ring, Halo Infinite and more
Xbox Series X
1/5 Forza Horizon 5 Hot Wheels - The favorite racing game of the year, this latest edition of the Forza line-up has been specially enhanced for Xbox Series X/S. With photorealistic graphics, authentic sounds, a life-like environment, and immense detailing, it sets the tone for next-gen gaming. Gear up for a thrilling ride.  (Microsoft)
image caption
2/5 Elden Ring - This is the latest action-RPG by FromSoftware. Make your way across the lands ruled by Queen Marika as you fight through the world of monsters in a bid to collect all the Great Runes and become Elden Lord.  (PlayStation)
image caption
3/5 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II – The game is being considered one of the best launches in the history of Activision Blizzard and Infinity Ward’s FPS saga. It only borrows the name from the 2009 game, and features an all-new storyline with familiar faces of the Task Force 141 returning.  (Activision Blizzard)
image caption
4/5 Microsoft Flight Simulator - Fly anywhere from the comfort of your home. Test your piloting skills while flying light planes, wide-body jets, and dynamic atmospheres in the 40th anniversary edition of Flight Sim celebrated this year. The world is at your fingertips in this game with over 37 thousand airports, 2 million cities, 1.5 billion buildings, and much more.  (Microsoft)
image caption
5/5 Halo Infinite - A thrilling return to a much-loved series, Halo Infinite brings to fans everything they love about the game in a fresh and inventive way. While it does revisit its roots, it's a whole lot more fun to play. Having shifted to an open-world map, it offers much more movement in combat set against an expansive playground with ample variety, and a list of activities.  (Microsoft)
Xbox Series X
icon View all Images
Mid-gen refresh to the Xbox Series X and Series S could be announced as early as next year, the leaks reveal. (Unsplash)

Gaming companies have been struggling with leaks for years. In February 2022, Rockstar Games was hit with a shocking breach when over 90 early development videos of GTA 6, its rumored next big game, were dumped online on GTAForums by a hacker. We've already had a few leaks during the ongoing FTC vs Microsoft case. In June, Sony presented a document from PlayStation chief Jim Ryan in the court, which detailed its revenue from Call of Duty games, as well as the cost of making AAA titles. Now, another goldmine of leaks has surfaced during the case, and it is being called the “biggest leak in Xbox history”.

Here's everything about the big leak.

Xbox leak: Microsoft's plans for new consoles, games

A court document was leaked during the ongoing FTC vs Microsoft battle over the company's proposed acquisition of game developer Activision Blizzard. The document sheds light on Microsoft's plans for an all-digital Xbox Series X, its next-gen console, a new controller to compete with Sony's DualSense, as well as future games.

1. Next-gen Xbox console

In the leaked documents, there is information about Microsoft's plans for its next-generation Xbox console, and it could support ‘Cloud Hybrid' games. As per an IGN report, the rumored Xbox console could “enable new levels of performance beyond the capabilities of the client hardware alone”. In a leaked screenshot, we can see that it could be powered by an ARM64 CPU, as well as an AMD GPU. It could get features like Dynamic Global Illumination, Next Gen DirectX Raytracing, and ML-based Super Resolution.

Interestingly, the document also lists a $99 consumer handheld device that could feature “ThinOS”. Could Microsoft be taking PlayStation's route and planning to introduce a handheld accessory for its next-gen Xbox console? The leak certainly hints towards it.

2. Refreshed Xbox Series X, Series S

As per the leaked documents, Microsoft could also be planning a mid-generation refresh for the Xbox Series X. In its plans is a new all-digital Xbox Series X console codenamed ‘Brooklin'. It features a cylindrical design, not too dissimilar from Apple's earlier iteration of the Mac Pro. It might also get a bump up in terms of storage. Since it is rumored to be an all-digital console, Microsoft could bump up the storage to 2TB, and the RAM to 16GB. Other leaked features include lower power consumption, Wi-Fi 6E support, and more. It could come with the same $499 price tag.

Microsoft is also reportedly working on a refreshed Xbox Series S, which is codenamed ‘Ellewood'. It would feature 10GB RAM. The leaked document reveals that Microsoft could launch both of these consoles in Summer 2024.

3. New controller

To compete with PlayStation 5's much-lauded DualSense controller, Microsoft is reportedly working on a new controller that would feature “precision haptic feedback”. Codenamed ‘Sebile', this new Xbox controller would get modular thumbsticks, mobile app features, quieter buttons, and a lift-to-wake feature. It would come with a rechargeable as well as swappable batteries. The leak also suggests a new “Direct to Cloud” feature that could potentially help reduce latency.

4. Upcoming games

The leaked documents also shed light on upcoming Xbox games. Remasters for Fallout 3, and Oblivion are reportedly in the works, while a sequel to Ghostwire: Tokyo could also be launched in the near future. Moreover, new Dishonored and Doom titles are also in development.

Follow HT Tech for the latest tech news and reviews , also keep up with us on Whatsapp channel,Twitter, Facebook, Google News, and Instagram. For our latest videos, subscribe to our YouTube channel.

First Published Date: 20 Sep, 11:45 IST