If you're an avid gamer, the wait for Microsoft's next-gen console is almost over. On the official Xbox Wire, the company has finally confirmed that the Xbox Series X release date is set for November 2020.
Unfortunately, Microsoft did not reveal the day of the console release. However, the company has given more details on what you can expect from the Xbox Series X release.
First, there are plans to optimize some upcoming versions of Xbox One for the new console. The list of games includes Assassin's Creed:Valhalla and Yakuza:Like a Dragon, to name a few. If you buy them for Xbox One, the games will “carry over” to Xbox Series X without you having to repurchase.
Second, previously released games get a makeover for the new console. Fan favorites such as Ori and the Will of the Wisps and Destiny 2 will make a return, optimized to better take advantage of Xbox Series X's best hardware.
Third, Xbox Series X maintains the backward compatibility mantra that its predecessors have enjoyed. The new console is compatible with games dating back to the original Xbox, so you don't need to throw away those old gems currently sitting in your attic.Advertisement
Finally, Microsoft takes the opportunity to talk about the Xbox Game Pass. This subscription has never looked better, especially since the Project xCloud beta is now available on Android. Microsoft promises that all the progress, friends, and achievements you make on Xbox Series X will travel with you to the cloud.
Unfortunately, the update comes with bad news. Microsoft has confirmed that Halo Infinite has slipped from its original holiday 2020 release date and will “now arrive in 2021”. It's a blow to Microsoft's plans to battle the PlayStation 5; so much so that, as reported by MarketWatch, Microsoft's stock has lost value.
However, as the Microsoft blog post points out, it's not all bad news. Many games, new and old, will be available on Xbox Series X on release day. It just means that Master Chief fans will have to wait a little longer to see their helmeted hero again.
While we don't have a confirmed date for the Xbox Series X release, we now know the month. So be sure to mark November on your calendars and watch this space for more information on the specific date, pricing, and next-gen console pre-order details.
If you want to get the most out of your Series X when it releases, be sure to find out what Xbox Game Pass is before November.