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Xbox Series X: Everything we know so far

Thanks to a significant internal leak from Microsoft, you're now privy to some juicy details about the anticipated Xbox Series X and a new Xbox Universal Controller. This unintentional reveal occurred amid a court battle concerning the Activision Blizzard deal with the FTC. It's quite a twist of fate for Microsoft Gaming, but for you, […]

Thanks to a significant internal leak from Microsoft, you're now privy to some juicy details about the anticipated Xbox Series X and a new Xbox Universal Controller. This unintentional reveal occurred amid a court battle concerning the Activision Blizzard deal with the FTC. It's quite a twist of fate for Microsoft Gaming, but for you, it's a chance to delve into the latest console insights.

The revamped design of the Xbox Series X

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Image credit: Microsoft

The Xbox Series X brings subtle tweaks to its original form, launched in 2020. Shifting from the initial rectangular shape, the new all-digital Xbox Series X flaunts a sleeker cylindrical design. As Microsoft's documents state, this aesthetic leap is a “beautiful and innovative new design”, chiefly made possible by eliminating the disk drive. The front panel will feature an Xbox power button, a controller pairing button, and a USB-C port. It remains to be seen if this revamped version will be lighter or smaller than its predecessor.

Pondering over the price

While the internal documents mention a price tag of US$499 for the Xbox Series X — mirroring the original Xbox Series X cost — the exact price remains speculative. The same pricing might hint at a price reduction for the launch model, or perhaps Microsoft plans to let players choose, particularly when accessing physical media.

Speculated release date for the refresh

Microsoft's internal showcase, created last year, hints at launching the refreshed Xbox Series X by November 2024. Though the date isn't set in stone, the official news might drop around June 2024, probably coinciding with E3 2024.

Digging into the specs

The Xbox Series X is poised to share similarities with the original console but with a few critical upgrades. While the leaked info might change, this all-digital version will resonate more with the Xbox One S than the Xbox One X. Expected features include 4K Gen-9 console gaming, enhanced internal storage, rapid Wi-Fi, reduced power usage, and an immersive controller. The system is expected to support video games in with the original Xbox Series X. Some standout features are Wi-Fi 6E support, Bluetooth 5.2, 2TB internal storage (a step up from the original's 1TB), and a 15% decrease in PSU power output. Although exact details about connectivity ports remain undisclosed, the refreshed console will likely support existing peripherals.

What about the games?

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Image credit: The Initiative

You can look forward to the Xbox Series X supporting top Xbox Series X games and forthcoming titles, provided they're available digitally. Given its all-digital nature, the refreshed console won't cater to physical media like Blu-Ray, DVD, or CDs. If you're a physical media fan, stick with the original Xbox Series X version.

The all-new Xbox Universal Controller

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Image credit: Microsoft

Packaged with the Xbox Series X is the new Xbox Universal Controller. Internally known as ‘Sebile', this controller promises a refreshed look and enhanced functionalities. While retaining the core design and layout, upgrades like Xbox Wireless 2 support, Bluetooth 5.2, and Direct-to- functionality are expected to optimise your gaming experience. The Xbox Universal Controller might feature modular thumbsticks, quieter buttons, “precision haptic feedback”, and even “VCA haptics” that could function as speakers. Anticipate its release around May 2024, but, as always, dates could change.

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Nurin Sofia
Nurin Sofia
Nurin Sofia is a news editor at Tech Edition. Her interest is in technology and startups, occasionally crunching news for gaming. Sofia enjoys playing video games, going on bike rides, and gardening when she isn't behind a keyboard.

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