More than a year after first making “Project Scarlett” public, Microsoft announced today that the Xbox Series X console will launch in November. But even though that launch will include what Microsoft says is “thousands of games across four generations” – including 50 new “Xbox Series X optimized” titles scheduled for release this year – it won’t include Halo Infinite.
That high-profile first-party shooter, originally announced for the “Holiday 2020” release, has now been pushed back to 2021. When announcing the delay, Microsoft cited a “balance Team health “with” ends[ing] Important work required to launch the game. Halo The Twitter account cites “the COVID-related effects that are affecting us all this year” as one of the many factors behind the delay.
A specific worldwide launch date for the Series X console has yet to be announced, and the suggested price has not been publicly confirmed for the hardware.
Another type of console launch
Unlike most game consoles before, the Xbox Series X won’t focus on exclusive titles that require new hardware. Instead, new releases will continue to work on Xbox One and Series X for the time being, with “optimize” options to take advantage of newer hardware.
In addition to upcoming titles that will be “optimized” for Series X, Microsoft also promises to have at least 40 legacy titles that will be “newly optimized to take full advantage of Xbox Series X”. including Destiny 2, Forza Horizon 4, Gears 5, Ori and the Will of the Wispsand Madden NFL 21.
Microsoft continues to introduce its Smart Delivery system, which allows players to buy games once to enjoy them on Xbox generations. Microsoft has confirmed that the game is like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Dust 5, Gears Tactics, Yakuza: Like a dragonand Watch dogs: legion will use that system. But not all third-party publishers are involved: Take-Two is asking players to spend an extra $ 30 on Xbox One’s $ 70 price tag on a copy of NBA2K11 can be upgraded to Series X optimization.
Unlike Sony’s PlayStation 5, the Xbox Series X will maintain compatibility with all older Xbox One accessories (with one particular exception). Microsoft is also highlighting the X Series backwards compatibility with a wide selection of titles dating back to the original Xbox era, some with new optimizations including improved 4K resolution, HDR color, anisotropic filtering, and double the frame rate.
The Series X launch window announcement comes just days after Ars confirmed the existence of the Xbox Series S is currently not announced. Little is certain about that hardware, but longtime rumors about a console codenamed “Lockhart” suggest a lower priced Series S box focuses more on streaming or the game runs at resolutions below 4K.
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