It would seem the gaming world got a little too excited this morning when Microsoft vaguely hinted “all-new hardware” would be shown off at Gamescom 2018 only to later clarify that while this won’t be the reveal of Xbox Project Scarlet, the next-generation console expected to release in 2020 or 2021, instead they plan to announce a new Xbox One system bundle and new accessories (possibly including a rumored Elite Controller iteration that was alleged leaked recently).
This information was originally debuted in an article titled Xbox is coming to gamescom by Xbox media spokesperson Major Nelson, who himself started off as a self-made games journalist detailing news revolving around the original Xbox before eventually being hired on by Microsoft as a permanent figurehead to the brand. For those wondering, technically the event is meant to be spelled in all lowercase letters as per stylized renditions and logos, Major Nelson didn’t make an error it’s just the weird way the biggest gaming event in Germany likes to have their name typed out.
As for the leaked controller, nothing is certain yet but there are some details floating around the internet in the form of rumors as to what will be seen this August 21 – 25 when Gamescom commences.
Originally shared by a user of Chinese social media website Baidu, and brought to western audiences via ControllerPimps, this rumor involves a new Xbox One Elite Controller with the following upgrades:
- Bluetooth functionality for Windows 10
- Better, newly improved grips
- Adjustable lock-design for thumbsticks
- Adjustable tension control mechanism for thumbsticks
- USB-C Charging port
- Three-level hair trigger locks
- Three profiles for switching button layout on the fly
- LED Battery indicator lights, doubling as profile select indicator
- Xbox Elite Controller case for charging “on-the-go”
- Longer “key travel” for paddles on the back of the controller
- More hot-swap enabled components
Microsoft has confirmed that images recently leaked regarding this unit are real. This is likely a research and development project that has been underway for a while but the timing of its rumored announcement said to be coming at Gamescom 2018 could be a direct response to Sony patenting a new DualShock 4-style controller with upgraded features and third parties offering up their own strikingly similar PS4 Elite Controller for sale.