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Xbox Series X still due ‘this holiday season’ says Microsoft

Microsoft lifts the lid on Xbox Series X and restates a holiday 2020 release window.

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Microsoft lifts the lid on Xbox Series X and restates a holiday 2020 release window.

Microsoft today revealed the full technical specifications for its upcoming Xbox Series X video game console. The comprehensive blog post – and accompanying hands-on report from Eurogamer – details the console’s Project Scarlett SoC processor, its DirectStorage SSD tech, as well as its approach to backwards compatibility and advanced hardware-accelerated graphics features.

To be frank, it’s impressive stuff.

However, with the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19 affecting all aspects of daily life, there was speculation that the release of the next Xbox and PlayStation 5 might be delayed into 2021.

In today’s update, Microsoft reiterates its release date commitment, saying when the console is “released this holiday season, Xbox Series X will set a new bar for performance, speed and compatibility.”

Global manufacturing processes and supply chains are complicated and multifaceted. And COVID-19 will undoubtedly have an impact on the production of goods that many of us take for granted. As of today, Microsoft is evidently confident that the production and distribution of Xbox Series X will go ahead as planned.


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