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The Series X release window is getting smaller

Aug. 11 has been a bit of a roller coaster ride for the gaming industry. Paradox Interactive and Hardsuit Labs set the tone by announcing the decision to delay Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 for the second time, pushing its debut into 2021. 343 Industries followed suit, revealing the choice to shift the Halo Infinite release to next year. With its flagship offering delayed, many wondered whether the Xbox Series X would receive the same treatment. Would COVID-19 hinder the arrival of the next console generation?

Rather than announce the delay of the Series X, Microsoft narrowed the launch window for its new system. "We have plenty to keep you busy until Chief arrives," divulged Xbox Wire Editor in Chief Will Tuttle, "There will be thousands of games to play, spanning four generations, when Xbox Series X launches globally this November and over 100 optimized for Xbox Series X titles."

Tuttle highlighted several games fans could enjoy on the Series X, including over 50 new cross-generations games like Assassin's Creed: Valhalla and Yakuza: Like A Dragon. He also reminded players of the Smart Delivery feature, which will allow you to purchase a game once and play the best version on either the Xbox One or Series X for no additional charge. Console exclusive titles such as The Medium and Scorn will also launch on Xbox Game Pass.

Though a November launch window for the Series X is certainly big news, Microsoft took the opportunity to put the focus back on its monthly subscription. Starting Sep. 15, Game Pass Ultimate members will gain the ability to take over 100 titles on the go via their Android phone or tablet. This service will include your friends list, saved game progress, and other key console features.

The announcement concluded by highlighting Microsoft's focus on cross-gen play, promising "access to thousands of titles across four generations of content – from Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox One." Despite the Halo Infinite delay, it seems Xbox fans will have lots to look forward to come November.