Microsoft have announced the Xbox Series X will launch November 2020.
The news comes mere moments after the announced delay of Halo Infinite to 2021. 343 Industries’ studio head Chris Lee explained the delay was due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the Holiday 2020 release date would not have been “sustainable” for the team’s well-being and the game’s success.
It is likely some will speculate that the decision of the launch date for either Halo Infinite or the Xbox Series X had an affect on the other; especially with many expecting Halo Infinite to be the console’s “killer app.”
As such, the blog post emphasizes that the Xbox Series X will have “thousands of games to play, spanning four generations” when it launches. Over 100 titles will be optimized for Xbox Series X; boasting 130 FPS, faster loading, Quick Resume for multiple games, Smart Delivery to “upgrade” games from Xbox One, and more.
The system will also support Xbox Game Pass; Microsoft’s subscription service to access over 100 games. From September 15th, users will also be able to use cloud gaming via Android or tablet via Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
You can find an abridged rundown (via Xbox) below.
What you can expect from the next generation of gaming
A letter from Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox
The future of gaming has never been more inspiring. Creativity in games is flourishing. New services empower you to discover more games—and bring you closer to the games and creators and streamers you love. The cloud creates a massive opportunity to stream console-quality games and play with the people you want, wherever you want. And for many of us, nothing is more inspiring than the dawn of a new console generation.
Re-engineered inside out
As we enter a new generation of console gaming with the Xbox Series X, hardware and software innovations enable the amazing possibilities for the future of games.
Designed for speed and performance
The Xbox Velocity Architecture unlocks new speed & performance capabilities through the groundbreaking combination of hardware, a custom 1TB SSD & CPU and deep software integration, to make for richer and more dynamic living worlds unlike anything ever seen before.
Play more, wait less
Gamers will experience more time playing and less time waiting as loading times will be greatly decreased thanks to the processing power of Xbox Series X.
A new feature powered by the technical capabilities and the innovative Xbox Velocity Architecture in Xbox Series X, Quick Resume enables players to seamlessly switch between multiple titles and resumes instantly from where you last left off.
The most powerful console ever
Xbox Series X is our most powerful console ever, powered by our custom designed processor leveraging AMD’s latest Zen 2 and RDNA 2 architectures.
The new system on a chip (SOC) has been built from the ground up for speed and performance, with 12 teraflops of processing power and with compatibility in mind for four generations of games.
The Xbox Series X launches November 2020.