Not to be confused with 2019’s most powerful gaming console Xbox One X, Microsoft has announced the next-generation Xbox which will release during the Holiday Season of 2020 (most likely mid-late November). Formerly known as Project Scarlet, it was revealed at The Game Awards 2019 that Microsoft’s next-gen system is called Xbox Series X. We also now know exactly what the console looks like, some knowledge of its target capabilities / specs, and the nature of the design behind it as well as a hype trailer.
With Sony skipping E3 this year Microsoft decided to throw a massive showing of 60 games, over half of which are part of Xbox Game Pass, and 14 games from Xbox Game Studios including some closer looks at titles we knew about as well as some new games. Although some may argue that Microsoft held back a bit this year, there were still a ton of announcements to cover. We’ve selected some highlights from the bunch and provided the important info you need to know about the 2019 / 2020 Xbox lineup!
Phil Spencer has been quoted as saying that “for a long time, Xbox was like the Garage of Microsoft”. His aim to re-invent the Xbox brand has begun to take shape behind-the-scenes, but will only truly be felt during the next-generation of consoles games. It takes time to make changes at major companies, Spencer inherited a mess from Don Mattrick whose infamous DRM scandal can be largely blamed for the deficit between PS4 and Xbox One this generation. Earning back the reputation of Xbox with gamers will take time. It also takes a long time for game studios to produce new games, and that’s a big part of what Phil Spencer has been initiating, exclusives for Xbox.