The next-gen Xbox will ship in November

Yolanda Curtis
August 12, 2020

We still don't have a final release date for the Xbox Series X, but Microsoft is at least getting a bit more specific. The company just announced that its next-generation console will be arriving in November - previously it was just aiming for the holiday season.

This news comes nearly simultaneously with word that 343 Industries would be delaying the launch of Halo Infinite until 2021 "to deliver a Halo game experience that meets [343's] vision". Xbox Series X is confirmed to launch in November 2020, alongside the full library of Xbox One backward compatible titles and games such as The Medium. We have made the hard decision to shift our release to 2021 to ensure the team has adequate time to deliver a Halo game experience that meets our vision.

We know this will be disappointing to many of you and we all share in that sentiment. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which combines Xbox Live and Game Pass, will also allow players starting in September to play more than 100 games from the cloud on Android phones and tablets via Project xCloud. The extra time will let us finish the critical work necessary to deliver the most ambitious Halo game ever at the quality we know our fans expect.

"More than 50 new games planned for this year across generations and optimized for Xbox Series X, including Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Dirt 5, Gears Tactics, Yakuza: Like a Dragon, Watch Dogs: Legion".

Xbox Game Pass will also make games even more accessible for Xbox Series X players, as all of the games now available for subscribers will also be available on the next-gen console, not to mention that a bunch of these titles will be optimised to perform even better on the Xbox Series X.

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