The Xbox Series X release date will be sometime around November or December of this year. There was concern that the next generation of consoles, including PS5, could be delayed due to Coronavirus lockdown. However, for now, those vague dates remain, but things could change.
Xbox boss Phil Spencer recently spoke to IGN. In the interview Spencer discussed his thinking when it comes to the Xbox Series X Release date.
“I’d say pragmatically the supply chains in China have started to come back. I think we’ve seen that in the news that China was obviously earlier in dealing with C-19 before it spread and I think that we can see in the factories and stuff we’re starting to get reports back from them and that that’s working for us. The two big issues we’re kind of monitoring right now, you know, building a video game from home — a large distributed team of hundreds of people is not easy. Video games as we know right now are big and there’s huge massive asset bases that each one of these games have and how you transition I think all those things are… we’re just kind of living.”
“On the hardware platform side, I think I made it public when I had my Series X at home and I’m using it for testing. As much as I have a great time doing that, that kind of time with the console is important and we want to make sure that we’ve got the right amount of time for the platform tech that we’re putting in place to get all the testing done so we’ve had to move a lot of that testing in the homes. I’d say things right now aren’t easy.”
“I think things are stretched I can feel it in the teams, they’re stretched. We have nothing right now that says we’re not going to make the dates that we’ve been planning, but I’ll also say it, as I said earlier, this is kind of real-time stuff and I’m gonna put the safety and security of the teams at the top along with the quality product. Like, I don’t want to rush a product out if it’s not ready. So, feeling good but also just being eyes wide open.”
This all makes perfect sense, the World may well be somewhat back to normal come wintertime. Saying that, as Spencer says, things could change depending on how fast we get over this Coronavirus situation. Let’s hope that come November our lives will be getting back to something resembling normality, but we really don’t know?
So as of right now, there doesn’t appear to be any change to the Xbox Series X release date. But, who knows how things could change in a month or so? What do you think of Spencer’s comments, should Xbox SeX/PS5 delay till 2021, or wait and see? Leave any thoughts you have in the usual spot below.
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