Xbox Series X will launch in November.
For months, it’s been expected that the new generation of consoles would kick off this November. But it was never officially confirmed. After all, both Microsoft and Sony are hoarding their mountains of information like dragons. In the age of information, they are eager to control the full narrative of their releases. Plus, given the current state of the world, you can’t announce things too early. You do that and you risk having to change things when some other unexpected event takes place.
But now, it seems that things have moved along enough that Microsoft has seen fit to finally give us a window for the Xbox Series X release. Yesterday saw the delay of one of their big holiday titles, Halo Infinite, and with that in mind, it makes sense that Microsoft would want to balance that out with some good news.
On the official Xbox blog, they revealed that Xbox Series X would be launching in November. This makes sense since virtually every one of their consoles has launched in November. It takes advantage of the holiday season without butting up against it too closely. So, if you had been planning your money-saving based on a November release, then congratulations, that’s when we’re getting the console.
That wasn’t all the Xbox blog had to share. In fact, the announcement of the release window appeared to be somewhat secondary to the goal of damage control. With Halo Infinite getting pushed to next year, many fans were understandably wondering: will the Xbox Series X have any games? The blog really drove home that, yes, the console will have games. But it doesn’t sound like they’re driving home the exclusive angle.
“There will be thousands of games to play, spanning four generations, when Xbox Series X launches globally this November and over 100 optimized for Xbox Series X titles, built to take full advantage of our most powerful console, are planned for this year,” the blog reads.
Rather than pushing the “exclusive” angle, they push that games are either “optimized for Xbox Series X” or launching on Xbox Game Pass. Yes indeed, it very much sounds like Microsoft is changing their approach. No longer will they contribute to the arms race of exclusives, as Sony and Nintendo do, but will work to make their Game Pass as accessible as possible. And with that approach, they can rightfully say they will have a whole host of games at launch — even if they aren’t technically Xbox Series X exclusive.
What do you think of Microsoft’s approach and the launch of Xbox Series X? Sound off down below!
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