Xbox Series X unlikely to be delayed3rd April 2020
Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, has said Microsoft’s next-generation console – the Series X – is unlikely to experience a setback related to individual game delays.
The world is currently in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic with many countries in a lock down phase to halt the spread of the virus.
This has led to several speculating on whether AAA titles will be pushed back.
Both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are intended to debut at the end of the year.
But with the recent crisis, doubts have been also cast over their impending launches.
Spencer recently appeared on an IGN podcast and revealed that even if the hotly anticipated Halo: Infinite is delayed, this shouldn’t affect plans for the next-generation console.
While the PS5 has announced several launch titles, its rival has opted for a different direction.
There will be no Xbox exclusives when the Series X debuts, at least developed by Microsoft.
Instead, all games released will be available for the current generation alongside PC.
“We want to make sure that if someone invests in Xbox between now and (Series X) that they feel that they made a good investment and that we’re committed to them with content,” Matt Booty, Head of Studios at Microsoft, said at the time.
This approach will ensure it is focused on providing an service-driven experience, rather than relying on individual titles to boost sales.
While the decision is controversial, it is this outlook that underpins Spencer’s belief for why the Series X should still release at the end of the year.
“I don’t want to ship a piece of hardware where the platforms not completely there,” he said.
“We’ve done that before. This go-around, the service and the hardware ‘have to stay linked'”.
While Xbox is adamant its console will go ahead as planned, Sony has yet to say the same for its PS5.
Though, if the Series X does indeed launch at its intended date, the PlayStation 5 will likely release, too.
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