Xbox Series X Release Date Might Be Closer to Thanksgiving
We got a lot of PlayStation 5 news today, but games industry personality Geoff Keighley let slip some potential Xbox Series X news as well. Keighly drew attention to the Xbox Series X website for a roughly half-hour window when it showed Microsoft's next-gen console would be launching Thanksgiving 2020, and not holiday 2020 as Microsoft originally stated.
Xbox has updated its Series X website to say the system is coming “Thanksgiving 2020” versus “Holiday 2020” meaning a November 2020 release. pic.twitter.com/TOWZxmI9Ax— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) March 18, 2020
There was some confusion over whether the information was legitimate at first. The U.S. Microsoft site did show the information, as did a number of others like the U.K. site, the Irish one, and the India site.
After about thirty minutes, though, Keighley was back on Twitter and mentioned his sources said there were no changes to the anticipated Xbox Series X release date.
UPDATE: Sources tell me the Xbox Series X release date is unchanged and still "Holiday 2020." There is no announcement today about a release date.— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) March 18, 2020
Not too long after, Xbox's Director of Programming, Larry Hryb, said the information was just an error, and Xbox is committed to a holiday 2020 launch date.
An Xbox product page in some regions inaccurately listed the launch date for Xbox Series X as Thanksgiving 2020. We are committed to launching Holiday 2020— Larry Hryb ð¦â¨ (@majornelson) March 18, 2020
However, a November Xbox Series X release date would make a lot of sense. Historically, Xbox systems release in November:
- Xbox launch date: November 15, 2001
- Xbox 360 launch date: November 22, 2005
- Xbox One launch date: November 22, 2013
So, despite the reversal, we could very well see the Xbox Series X launch sometime around Thanksgiving 2020 after all.
Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more next-gen console news as it develops. Meanwhile, check out what we know about the Xbox Series X so far, including:
- E3 2019 Microsoft Press Conference Recap: Team Xbox Unveils Project Scarlett and a Whole Lot of Game Pass
- Xbox Series X Hardware, Backwards Compatibility Detailed by Microsoft
- Microsoft Talks Xbox Series X Exclusives, Launch Titles, Game Pass
- Will VR Come to the Xbox Series X? Phil Spencer Plays Coy
- Xbox Series X "Bold" Reveal Just the Start of Microsoft's Next-Gen Strategy