Microsoft leak reveals new Xbox controller with an accelerometer and DualSense-style haptics

Codenamed Sebile controller leaked presentation slide.
(Image credit: Leaked FTC Slide - The Verge)

According to documents accidentally leaked by Microsoft during its trial with the FTC (spotted by The Verge), we got to peek at Xbox's plans for the future, including a refreshed, disc-less version of the Xbox Series X and, more notable from the PC gaming perspective, a fancy new controller. 

Codenamed Sebile, the new two-toned Xbox controller offers Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity, "Direct-to-Cloud" pairing, and a rechargeable, swappable battery. Moreover, it will feature new modular thumbsticks. However, it's unclear if that means just the joysticks or if you can pop out the entire joystick module like with the $200 PlayStation DualSense Edge wireless controller. 

Inside the Sebile is an accelerometer, which is presumably the hardware that controls its new  "lift to wake" feature. The controller will also have PlayStation DualSense-like haptics that "double as speakers" and a rechargeable battery, but unlike Sony's controller, the battery will be swappable.

Other less exciting but welcome updates include quieter buttons, thumbsticks, and the use of recycled materials. And it seems like it uses the same D-pad as the Xbox Elite Series 2 controller.  

The new controller will launch next year and retail for $70, assuming Microsoft's information from the leak isn't outdated.

Between this and our finding that Microsoft left 38TB of sensitive data exposed for 3 years, some of its employees will probably have to take data security refresher courses. The trial leak also revealed plans for a 2TB digital-only Xbox Series X console codenamed Brooklin—it kind of looks like a router, and definitely doesn't look like a box anymore.

Xbox boss Phil Spencer addressed the leaks on X today, saying that they don't represent up-to-date plans without providing specifics. 

"We've seen the conversation around old emails and documents," Spencer wrote. "It is hard to see our team's work shared in this way because so much has changed and there's so much to be excited about right now, and in the future. We will share the real plans when we are ready."


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Jorge Jimenez
Hardware writer, Human Pop-Tart

Jorge is a hardware writer from the enchanted lands of New Jersey. When he's not filling the office with the smell of Pop-Tarts, he's reviewing all sorts of gaming hardware, from laptops with the latest mobile GPUs to gaming chairs with built-in back massagers. He's been covering games and tech for over ten years and has written for Dualshockers, WCCFtech, Tom's Guide, and a bunch of other places on the world wide web.