Microsoft’s new Xbox launches in November, Halo Infinite delayed to 2021

Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox Collection X console.


Microsoft mentioned Tuesday that its new Xbox Series X will launch in November and that one of many flagship video games for it, the first-person shooter title “Halo Infinite,” will probably be delayed till someday in 2021.

The announcement might have an effect on the timing of demand for Microsoft’s next-generation {hardware}, in addition to income from gaming content material. It is one space the place Microsoft continues to courtroom shoppers, alongside Home windows, promoting and PCs. Microsoft’s Xbox Collection X will compete instantly with the Sony PlayStation 5, which is predicted to launch across the similar time.

In Microsoft’s 2020 fiscal yr, gaming represented 8% of complete income. It was up simply 1.7% from the prior yr as folks awaited a alternative of the Xbox One from 2013.

However, with the brand new Collection X, Microsoft can be selling its new Xbox Sport Move subscription, which is able to permit folks to stream Xbox video games to their Android telephones and different gadgets instantly from the cloud. Players will not essentially even have to personal the brand new console to play among the video games that will probably be obtainable for it — although that can provide the most effective in-home expertise on an enormous display TV. Xbox Sport Move prices $14.99 a month and can embrace entry to greater than 100 video games when it launches on Sept. 15.

Neither firm has introduced how a lot the brand new consoles will price.

“We’ve got made the tough determination to shift our launch to 2021 to make sure the group has sufficient time to ship a Halo sport expertise that meets our imaginative and prescient,” Chris Lee, studio head for the sport at 343 Industries, one among Microsoft’s game-development studios, mentioned in a press release posted on Twitter.

The primary model of Halo debuted with the unique Xbox console in 2001. 

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