Microsoft originally planned to release the Xbox Series X in August, according to a report from reliable tech blog Thurrot (via GameSpot). The Xbox Series S, a disc-less version of the next-gen console, would have followed in mid-October. Thurrot says that “clearly plans have been adjusted since the conception of the hardware.” It’s unclear how early on Microsoft decided to shift the release of the Xbox Series X to Holiday 2020.
Depending on when exactly the company pushed back the release date, this may explain why Microsoft unveiled the Xbox Series X so much earlier than the PlayStation 5. The company gave fans a first look at its next-gen console at last year’s Game Awards, a little over six months before Sony lifted the curtain on its own machine. Based on Thurrot’s report, it’s possible that Microsoft was ahead of schedule and meant to beat Sony to market with the Xbox Series X.
The report comes on the heels of a report from Eurogamer claiming that Microsoft is set to unveil the Xbox Series S, also known under the codename “Lockhart,” in August. Thurrot corroborates Eurogamer’s story, saying that, while “the announcement timeline for Lockhart has been far more fluid than we have seen in previous years, fans should expect the reveal “sooner, rather than later.”
This is a developing story…