Information about the new game controller has been discovered in unedited legal documents that were mistakenly published, including an internal Microsoft document titled "Development Plan until 2030."
This document contains information about the upcoming update to Microsoft's mid-generation gaming consoles, stating that the new consoles will come with an entirely new and more exciting game controller known by the codename "Sebile."
The document also provides detailed descriptions of all the new features of this game controller, including:
- Enhanced "precise tactile feedback" using voice coils, which also serve as speakers.
- An accelerometer that adds the "lift to wake" feature.
- Modular joysticks.
- Replaceable battery.
- Quieter buttons and joysticks.
The document further claims that the controller will continue to offer special and limited color options and will be available through the Xbox Design Lab service, allowing players to create their own customized controllers.
The new controller is expected to have a similar form factor to current Xbox controllers, but the lower part of the controller may use a different material for better grip.
This new controller will accompany the "Brooklyn" and "Elwood" updates planned for the Xbox Series X and Series S gaming consoles, respectively.
In June, the head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, stated that a potential mid-cycle update for the Series X was not a priority for Microsoft, a stance he reiterated in interviews published last month. Given that "Brooklyn" is expected to have the same core features as the standard Series X, Spencer appears to be sticking to his word.
He stated, "When you start releasing mid-cycle updates, it presents a multitude of platform choice-related challenges for developers," and added, "If we enter a console world where every two years we have three or four closed ecosystems that refresh their hardware every two years, I question what that means for creators and players. For me, it seems to create a lot of complexity in something that was previously very straightforward. And perhaps there's another model for us."