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Massive Leak Reveals Microsoft’s Future Plans for Xbox and Acquisition Ambitions

Unredacted documents submitted and made publicly available as part of the ongoing Microsoft vs. Federal Trade Commission trial have resulted in what may be the biggest leak in video game history. The leaked files provide deep insights into Xbox's upcoming plans for the next decade, including details on hardware refreshes, next-gen consoles, unannounced Bethesda titles, and Microsoft's acquisition ambitions. Here are the key revelations from the leak:

1. New Xbox Series X Model: The leaked documents unveil a new Xbox Series X model codenamed “Brooklin – Xbox Series X Refresh.” This diskless, cylindrical version of the console features 2TB of internal storage, a USB-C port, and various technical improvements. An upgraded Xbox Series S, codenamed Ellewood, may also be in development and released before Brooklin.

2. New Xbox Controller: The leaked documents also mention a new version of the Xbox Series X controller named “Sebile – The New Xbox Controller.” This controller offers seamless pairing and connection to the cloud, along with haptic feedback, an accelerometer gyro, quieter buttons, modular thumbsticks, a rechargeable and swappable battery, and the ability to wake up by being picked up. The Sebile controller is expected to launch in late May 2024 for $70.

3. Next-Gen Console: Leaked documents reveal that Microsoft is planning to develop a next-generation hybrid game platform that combines the power of client and cloud computing. The platform aims to deliver deeper immersion and new game experiences through advanced technology, AI, machine learning, and potential collaborations with AMD. The next-gen console is scheduled for a 2028 launch.

4. Upcoming Bethesda Games: The leak includes a document outlining Bethesda's game roadmap through fiscal year 2024. It reveals the existence of several code-named projects, remasters of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and Fallout 3, a GhostWire: Tokyo sequel, Doom Year Zero, and Dishonored 3. Additionally, it confirms that The Elder Scrolls VI won't be released until at least 2026. These games shed light on why Microsoft acquired Bethesda.

5. Acquisition Ambitions: A leaked email from 2020 exposes Xbox chief Phil Spencer's acquisition ambitions. He expressed a desire to acquire Nintendo, calling it the “prime asset” in gaming. However, Microsoft ultimately decided against a hostile takeover and opted for a long game approach. The email also revealed Microsoft's interest in acquiring Warner Bros. Interactive and Valve during the same period.

While it's important to note that these leaked plans are subject to change, they provide valuable insights into Microsoft's future plans for Xbox and its ambitions in the gaming industry.

– Original Source Article Title: “Massive Leak Reveals Unannounced Bethesda Games, New Xbox Series X Model, and More”
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