Microsoft has narrowed down the Xbox Series X launch window from Holiday 2020 to November. The news comes as 343 Industries confirmed Halo Infinite will miss the console’s launch date, and Xbox works to get its house in order.
Though Halo Infinite‘s delay is a substantial blow to its launch fortunes, Microsoft quickly took to its blog to point out that Xbox Series X will launch with over 100 titles optimised for Series X. These titles range from previous-gen classics to brand new titles exclusive to the console.
This raises a series of important questions. Will that be enough when stacked up against the PlayStation 5? How will players react to the launch of a console where there’s honestly very little new content? Did the Series X launch just become a do-or-die moment for Game Pass? We’ll find out in time.
Given how big of a headache 343 has created for them, we still have to give Xbox its due — it would have been painful to grant 343 that delay. But grant the delay it did, and that speaks volumes about how much the Halo franchise means to Xbox. Microsoft has thrown its own hardware launch to the wolves to shore up its most precious IP. I hope it pays off.
The Xbox Series X launches in November 2020. There is currently no confirmed pricing.