By: Nick Gambino
Microsoft has been hyping up the Xbox Series X for some time with plenty of glimpses into exactly what we’ll get, and now we have a release window for the next-gen Xbox. Microsoft announced that the Series X would hit shelves in November.
“Whether you’ve played for years or have just recently picked up a controller, we can’t wait for you to see and feel the first big step into gaming’s next generation with Xbox Series X this November,” Xbox Wire Editor in Chief, Will Tuttle, said in a blog post.
While this is welcome news for Xbox fans, it was accompanied by some disappointing news on Halo Infinite. The next title in the wildly popular shooter was supposed to be released alongside the Series X, but it looks like they’re delaying it until 2021.
“Our vision at Xbox and 343 Industries has always been to deliver the most ambitious Halo game ever for our fans, while also balancing the team’s well-being,” Tuttle said. “To do that, we will need some more time to finish the critical work necessary to launch Halo Infinite, which will come in 2021.”
While gamers most definitely want the title sooner rather than later, they also want the best game possible. Patience is both a cornerstone and a weakness in the gaming world, but this is a weird time, and nothing escapes this global shake-up.
Halo Infinite Development Update pic.twitter.com/TFZvXhRN9f
— Halo (@Halo) August 11, 2020
To tide fans over, Microsoft will have over 100 Xbox Series X titles available to play (X games, if you will). In addition to that, they will have thousands of compatible games from across their console generations. That means you’ll be able to play Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One games on your new X.
While we’ve heard no official day of release from Microsoft, The Verge has some intel that suggests we might see the console drop on November 6th. That’s based on some new controller boxes that have labels slapped on them that say, “Do not sell or display before November 6, 2020.” Sounds plausible, but still, take it with a grain of salt.
We’re just 3 months out from the new Xbox Series X, and though we won’t be seeing Halo Infinite this year, I’m still excited to see what the next-gen console has to offer.