Xbox Series X Reveal at The Game Awards was so Secret, Phil Spencer Read a Fake Script in Rehearsals

Xbox Series X Reveal at The Game Awards was so Secret, Phil Spencer Read a Fake Script in Rehearsals

No leaks on this ship.

At The Game Awards earlier this month, Phil Spencer revealed the next iteration of the Xbox: Series X. The reveal was such a tight-lipped secret that Spencer read a fake script in rehearsals for the show.

The tidbit comes from an interview with Variety, where presenter Geoff Keighley discussed the awards show. It makes sense that Microsoft would take every precaution necessary in preventing their huge Xbox Series X reveal from leaking ahead of time, and the reveal itself came as a bit of a surprise at The Game Awards.

Elsewhere in the interview, Keighley hopes to get Keanu Reeves on board for future years. The presenter refers to the Cyberpunk 2077 star as "the one that got away that hopefully we get in a future year" for the show. The Game Awards is no stranger to celebrities with Elon Musk, Grimes, and Chvrches appearing at the show.

At The Game Awards, Spencer touted the Xbox Series X as "our fastest most powerful Xbox," that will "set a new bar for performance, power, speed." Hellblade 2: Senua's Saga was also revealed at the show, making it the first announced game to be developed for the new console.

Spencer later revealed that Series X will support backwards compatibility from day one. You'll be able to pick up where you left off playing games on your Xbox One, and take them straight over to be continued on Xbox Series X.

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