Prior to this announcement, we only knew the Xbox Series X will be coming “holiday 2020”, this particularly is vague and didn’t indicate much. Microsoft has now confirmed its next-gen console will be launching officially in November.
Though no specific date has been announced for November, this announcement means fans can expect to get a pricing announcement and pre-order dates soon. The announcement also coincides in Microsoft announcing a postponement of its first-party title game, Halo Infinite which the company had hoped to launch together with the Xbox Series X. Halo Infinite is now set to be launched in 2021 with 343 Industries citing challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The decision to shift our release is the result of multiple factors that have contributed to development challenges, including the ongoing COVID-related impacts affecting us all this year,” 343 Industries announced on Twitter. “I want to acknowledge the hard work from our team at 343 Industries, who have remained committed to making a great game and finding solutions to development challenges. However, it is not sustainable for the well-being of our team or the overall success of the game to ship it this holiday.”
With this announcement, Microsoft no longer have a big launch title for the Xbox Series X. The company is focusing on optimizing existing games for the Xbox Series X and also highlighting its Xbox Game Pass. “There will be thousands of games to play, spanning four generations, when Xbox Series X launches globally this November and over 100 optimized for Xbox Series X titles, built to take full advantage of our most powerful console, are planned for this year.”
The Xbox Series X will be backwards compatible up to four generations of gaming covering the original Xbox, Xbox 360 and the Xbox One. Microsoft promises to enhance these games on its Xbox Series X with up to 4k resolutions, new HDR reconstruction techniques and ability to double the frame rates of certain titles.