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Xbox boss Phil Spencer acknowledged the recent leak of old emails and documents from Microsoft.
He says on X (fka Twitter) that it was “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.”
Spencer also said that Microsoft will share its “real plans” when it is ready, suggesting that the leaked documents may not be representative of the company’s current plans for Xbox.
He also sent an internal memo to Microsoft employees,
Today, several documents submitted in the court proceedings related to our proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard were unintentionally disclosed. I know this is disappointing, even if many of the documents are well over a year old and our plans have evolved.
I also know we all take the confidentiality of our plans and our partners’ information very seriously. This leak obviously is not us living up to that expectation. We will learn from what happened and be better going forward. We all put incredible amounts of passion and energy into our work, and this is never how we want that hard work to be shared with the community. That said, there’s so much more to be excited about, and when we’re ready, we’ll share the real plans with our players.
In closing, I appreciate all of the work that you pour into Team Xbox to surprise and delight our players. In the days and weeks ahead, let’s stay focused on what we can control: continuing the amazing success of Starfield, the upcoming launch of the incredible and accessible Forza Motorsport, and continuing to build games, services and devices that millions of players can enjoy.
In case you missed it, the leak, which was rooted in a blunder during the FTC v. Microsoft legal battle, included a number of confidential documents, including marketing plans, product roadmaps, and internal emails.
The documents revealed several interesting details about Microsoft’s plans for Xbox, including plans for new refreshed versions of Xbox Series X and S, respectively codenamed “Brooklin” and “Ellewood”, and its “Sebile” new controller.
The Brooklin console will reportedly offer a powerful and immersive gaming experience with 4K resolution, a large internal storage capacity of up to 2 TB, faster Wi-Fi connectivity, a new controller with improved features, and a sleek new design that doesn’t quite look like its predecessor.