We finally know when we’ll see the next Xbox: Microsoft will launch thethis November. The tech giant revealed the month of launch on Tuesday, having previously promised a 2020 holiday season time frame, although there’s still no word on pricing.
We may also have a firmer date: The packaging ontells retailers not to sell or display the devices until Nov. 6, according to The Verge.
The console news came with a caveat, as one of the biggest launch titles for console,, will be delayed to 2021 after initially targeting a similar holiday 2020 release window. It follows some fans about the game’s visuals in a July .
Microsoft announced the console’s narrowed release window via a blog post on Tuesday, perhaps to help soften the blow of the Halo Infinite delay. 343 Industries, the team behind Halo Infinite, announced the delay on Twitter:
Halo Infinite, which will also come out for the currently available Xbox One and PC, is supposed to featurethan any previous game in the series. The first Halo was released with the launch of the original Xbox. Its developer Bungie eventually left the franchise to work on Destiny, another popular shooter series, but 343 Industries has been at the helm of Halo since 2011.
Even with the Infinite launch pushed back to 2021, Microsoft promised there will be “thousands of games to play, spanning four generations, when Xbox Series X launches globally this November.” There will also be “over 100 optimized for Xbox Series X titles, built to take full advantage of our most powerful console” coming this year.
No doubt Halo Infinite is one of the big draws for the new Xbox console as it prepares to compete with the upcomingfrom Sony — Halo is one of the best known game series exclusive to Microsoft. Its announcement highlighted the many other titles coming to the console in the meantime and promised the ability to play games across all four generations of Xbox.
The PlayStation 5 is also expected this holiday season, along with a. Sony hasn’t narrowed down its release date and, like Microsoft, has yet to announce pricing for the console.