Xbox Series X is Officially Launching in November
While the price and exact release date are still to be announced, Microsoft has confirmed that the Xbox Series X will arrive in November.
With just a few months between now and the debut of the next-generation consoles this fall, Microsoft and Sony have found themselves in a bit of an arms race to reveal more details on when their respective new systems will launch. Neither company has budged just yet on announcing the full details for when their systems will launch or for what price, but Microsoft has narrowed the playing field to reveal the launch window for the Xbox Series X.
In a post on Xbox Wire, Microsoft has officially confirmed that the Xbox Series X will be launching in November, narrowing its initial launch window from holiday 2020. However, no specific details have arrived just yet for either the exact date that the system will launch or its price. The announcement of the system’s release window comes alongside the news that Halo Infinite, which was aimed as the console’s marquee launch title, has been delayed into 2021 to allow for additional development time and polish on the long-anticipated title.
Despite Halo Infinite being pushed back into next year, Microsoft detailed in its blog post that at the Series X’s launch users will be able to play “over 100 optimized for Xbox Series X titles” before the end of 2020. Additionally, as mentioned before by Microsoft, the Series X will encompass a number of titles across four generations of Xbox’s platforms through backwards compatibility.
With the system now about three months away from release, it’s not a huge surprise that Microsoft has announced November as the official release window for the Series X. Both of its predecessors (Xbox 360 and Xbox One) arrived in November when they launched around the timing of Black Friday, making sense for Microsoft to aim for a similar launch window for the Xbox Series X. If that’s the case again, we can most likely expect the system in mid to late November.
A key factor that will likely play into the system’s launch is the potential announcement of a second model for the console, which we now know is most likely called the Xbox Series S according to recent leaks of the new Xbox controller. Like with the two model approach for the PS5, the Xbox Series S is reported to be an all-digital model that (presumably) will offer a cheaper alternative to the Series X. The Series S has not been formally revealed yet by Microsoft, but rumors indicate that we may see it announced sometime this month.