Microsoft reiterates Xbox Series X and Halo Infinite will launch this year

By Oscar Dayus,
Microsoft has reiterated its intention to launch Xbox Series X and Halo Infinite this year - but it stopped short of committing to that schedule.

In a new post on the Xbox Wire, Jerret West, Xbox's chief marketing officer, said: "Our goal remains to launch Xbox Series X and Halo Infinite this Holiday." This tallies up with what the company has previously revealed, of course, but the use of the word "goal" suggests things are not yet set in stone.

As recently as last week, head of Xbox Phil Spencer said he saw no reason to believe the console would be delayed, despite the ongoing coronavirus crisis, but said games could end up being pushed back. "Overall, I think we're in line with where we thought we would be," he told CNBC's Squawk Alley. "The bigger unknown is probably the game production, just being honest."

A month previously, Spencer said he did not intend to delay Series X, either globally or in any one region. "We have nothing right now that says we’re not going to make the dates that we’ve been planning," he stated, adding later that, "We haven't really started on any kind of Plan Bs" such as shipping to limited territories. "I will say that having lived through the Xbox One launch... I know that significant delays in region launches hurt us. It hurts us with the sentiment of the fans, and every time I go to Japan I’m reminded that we were... nine months late in launching there with Xbox One." Spencer reiterated that they "haven't started on that Plan B" but that he'd "be hesitant to do something like that".

Sony has so far been less vocal than Microsoft in general regarding its next-generation plans. It previously committed to a Holiday 2020 launch for PS5, and recent reports suggested that window had not changed and would not change as long as Microsoft also stays true to its 2020 target. However, production capacity of the PS5 may be reduced.

Elsewhere in today's Xbox Wire post, Microsoft seemingly revealed the Xbox Series X startup sound and announced plans to reveal more information on Xbox Series X every month until launch. That schedule begins this week with a first look at Xbox Series X gameplay.
Oscar Dayus
Written by Oscar Dayus
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