Here it comes!

Xbox Series X Gets Release Date From Microsoft

The next-generation console from Microsoft, the Xbox Series X, has finally been given a release date.

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According to a report from The Verge, the console is due to land on store shelves in November 2020, giving us a firmer window than its former date of “Holiday 2020.”

Though an actual date for our calendars has not yet been specified, The Verge reports that the first week of November is the tentative goal, though with 2020 being what it is let’s not solidify any potential dates for the time being.

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In related news, the console will be shipping without one of its key launch titles, as the next Halo game, Halo Infinite, has officially been delayed by 343 Industries.

In a statement shared across social media, the development team said the following: “We have made the difficult decision to shift our release to 2021 to ensure the team has adequate time to deliver a Halo game experience that meets our vision.”

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The statement continues: “We know this will be disappointing to many of you and we all share in that sentiment. The passion and support the community has shown over the years has been incredible and inspiring. We wanted nothing more than to play our game with the community this holiday. The extra time will let us finish the critical work necessary to deliver the most ambitious Halo game ever at the quality we know our fans expect.”

From the wording, it seems likely that 343 is taking into account fan feedback made following Halo Infinite’s gameplay reveal. At the time, fans criticised the game’s unpolished textures and graphics, so hopefully the delay will be to fix those issues.

The game’s official description reads as follows: “The Master Chief returns in Halo Infinite – the next chapter of the legendary franchise beginning holiday 2020! Developed by 343 Industries for the entire Xbox family of devices, including Project Scarlett and Windows PCs, Halo Infinite continues the Halo 5: Guardians storyline and takes the franchise in ambitious and unexpected directions, powered by the all-new Slipspace Engine.”

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