In just three months, Microsoft’s next-generation console will be a real thing we can buy and have in our homes.
Last night, the company confirmed that the Xbox Series X will be launching in November. An exact date hasn’t been given – and we still don’t have any pricing information. But news of a launch month is a start.
The announcement comes alongside the news that Halo Infinite, originally a launch title for the console, has been delayed until 2021. But Microsoft promises it has plenty to keep us busy in the meantime. “There will be thousands of games to play, spanning four generations,” the Xbox Wire blog post reads, “and over 100 optimized for Xbox Series X titles, built to take full advantage of our most powerful console, are planned for this year”.
That’s pretty exciting. Halo Infinite‘s delay is bad news if you were excited to get hands-on with Master Chief, but that’s far from the only next-gen game that Microsoft will have available on Xbox Series X. The Xbox Wire blog post goes on to break down the cold, hard facts:
- There are “more than 50 new games” planned for this year which will be optimized for Xbox Series X. These include third-party games such as Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, DIRT 5, Yakuza: Like a Dragon and Watch Dogs: Legion.
- Exclusive Xbox Series X games will launch with Game Pass, like The Medium and Scorn.
- 40 current games will be newly optimized for the new console, including Destiny 2, Forza Horizon 4, Ori and the Will of the Wisps and more.
The blog post also emphasises Microsoft’s continued support of backwards compatibility. Four generations of games will be playable on Xbox Series X, and a curated list of titles will be even further enhanced to make use of the Series X’s power.
November isn’t a long time to wait. Are you excited? We are!