Today, Microsoft set a month for its upcoming console generation. The Xbox Series X will launch this November, with games planned across the rest of the year and beyond.
In an Xbox Wire announcement, Microsoft confirmed the launch month for the Series X alongside several games planned for it this year. Games including Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Yakuza: Like a Dragon, and Gears Tactics will arrive this year as "optimized for Xbox Series X," with Smart Delivery.
No specific date has been officially announced as of yet. In a report that released just ahead of Xbox's announcement, The Verge reports it's been hearing the first week of November is lining up to be the launch timing. With ongoing complications and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 though, windows can certainly shift around.
This news comes on the heels of a delay of Halo Infinite, which was set to be a launch title for the Xbox Series X. In a statement from 343 Industries, studio head Chris Lee says that the decision to move Infinite into 2021 is the result of "multiple factors that have contributed to development challenges," including the ongoing impact of COVID-19.
There's still no sign of the long-rumored Lockhart model, also known as the Xbox Series S. Whether this indicates more to come in the near future from Xbox, or a possible staggered launch of console models, remains to be seen. For now, the next generation of Xbox hardware will have to launch in November without a major flagship title.