Unredacted documents originally filed (and then accidentally released) as part of the US Federal Trade Commission's attempt to prevent Microsoft's acquisition of Activision-Blizzard just gave us a sneak peek at the next Xbox.
Now expected to arrive in 2024, the refreshed Xbox Series X (codenamed Brooklin) features double the internal storage (2TB up from 1TB), a rounded cylindrical design, a front-facing USB C port and no disc drive. In many ways, it's broadly analogous to Sony's own PlayStation 5 Digital Edition.
The updated console also features a number of under-the-hood tweaks, including an improved low-power setting, WiFi 6E connectivity and Bluetooth 5.3 audio support.
Naturally, the Xbox Series S is also getting a makeover. Codenamed Ellewood, this refresh isn't as big a departure as the previous model. However, it does feature more storage (1TB up from 512GB) and improved connectivity through the addition of WiFi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 audio.
Both the refreshed Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S are also set to be bundled with a new Xbox Controller. Touting a new two-tone design made of recycled materials, the accessory is said to feature improved ergonomics, rechargeable batteries plus haptic feedback akin to that found in Sony's DualSense controller for the PlayStation 5.
The leaking of the two consoles alone would be huge news, but it's only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the product roadmaps revealed by the trove of documents. Other tidbits include details of a new cloud gaming hybrid handheld, estimates of how much the company planned to spend on a number of Game Pass exclusives and emails in which Microsoft executives discussed acquisitions of Nintendo, Warner Bros Gaming and Valve.
You can check out some of the leaked slides for yourself below.