Microsoft: Xbox Series X and Halo Infinite on Track to Launch in Holiday 2020

Microsoft: Xbox Series X and Halo Infinite on Track to Launch in Holiday 2020 - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 April 2020 / 2,691 Views

Microsoft has issued a statement about the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on its upcoming Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Windows PC games, as well as the launch of the Xbox Series X. The company remains committed to launching their next generation console, the Xbox Series X, in holiday 2020. 

The Xbox Series X is supposed to launch alongside Halo: Infinite, which Microsoft says is on track to release on time.

A Microsoft spokesperson has told GameSpot that "Microsoft has never announced a release date for Halo Infinite, so there is no change to report on for the game's launch timing. It remains on schedule to release in Holiday 2020."

Head of Xbox Game Studios Matt Booty has released a statement on the impact of coronavirus on Xbox games:

"We know that gaming connects people during times of social distancing, and we are committed to delivering the highest quality Xbox Game Studios games for our global community of players," said Booty. "At the same time, the health and safety of our XGS development teams is our top priority. Each studio is facing unique challenges and constraints depending on its particular location, and many of our external development partners around the world are similarly affected. We are supporting our studio leaders to make the right decisions for their teams and their individual games during this challenging time."

Halo: Infinite developer 343 Industries has also released a statement:

"We're removing all the obstacles in our path and tracking well, but need to be mindful of our current limitations and understand that the coronavirus situation may get worse before it gets better," said 343 Industries. "Rest assured that every single one of us is doing everything in our power to continue developing and delivering quality Halo experiences while we adjust to this new way of life."

Microsoft earlier this month revealed the specs for the Xbox Series X. "The Xbox Series X includes an eight core 3.8 GHz Custom Zen 2 CPU, 12 TFLOPS 1.825 GHz Custom RDNA 2 GPU, 16 GB of GDDR6 memory, 1TB Custom NVME SSD, 1 TB Expansion Card expandable storage, support for USB 3.2 external HDD, 4K UHD Blu-Ray drive, and support for 4K at 60 FPS, and possibly up to 120 FPS," said VGChartz on the specs of the console. 


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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14 Comments

Dyotropic (on 27 March 2020)

I'd rather delay it than have them release an incomplete game like they did with HALO MCC on the xbox one.


Azzanation (on 29 March 2020)

Halo Infinite is not a multitude of games, also Halo 5 launched after MCC.


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DialgaMarine (on 27 March 2020)

Kind of strange that we haven't gotten a bit of gameplay for it, when it was announced almost 2 years ago


trunkswd (on 27 March 2020)

As a Halo fan, I've been itching to see some gameplay. The return to the original trilogy art style and music is the right direction.


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SecondWar (on 27 March 2020)

Yeah, that is never a good indicator. Given how much I love Halo, I'm hoping this is the exception to that rule.


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VAMatt (on 28 March 2020)

I'm hoping they were purposely withholding footage and planning to use frequent teasers to build buzz for the game and the new system, and that we just haven't seen any yet because the virus has thrown a wrench into the marketing plans.


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sales2099 (on 29 March 2020)

Hope it's ready, I mean it will be 5 years since Halo 5. I don't think they will get sympathy if they say they needed more time for certain features that don't make it day 1


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VAMatt (on 29 March 2020)

They'd get a pass if they blamed it on the virus.


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VAMatt (on 28 March 2020)

Since they're coming out and saying this now, I imagine they're truly on track. If they were behind schedule significantly, or experiencing any other problems that might delay launch, they'd likely use this opportunity to blame it on the virus so they'd get a free pass from gamers and the press. With that in mind, there is no reason I can think of to act like they're more confident than they are.


Bandorr (on 27 March 2020)

I wonder if delaying one of them will have Microsoft delay the other. Will they launch Halo if the X series isn't ready? Will they delay the X series if Halo isn't ready?


SuperNintend0rk (on 27 March 2020)

I think they'll definitely release Halo when the Series X launches even if it's a little rough and they need to update it through patches. If the Series X gets delayed though, I think they'd also delay Halo to keep it as a launch title.


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DialgaMarine (on 27 March 2020)

I feel like XSX would benefit far more from having Halo, than Halo benefitting from being on XSX, but I don't see both getting delayed just because one does.


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DialgaMarine (on 27 March 2020)

I feel like XSX would benefit far more from having Halo, than Halo benefitting from being on XSX, but I don't see both getting delayed just because one does.


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SecondWar (on 27 March 2020)

The latter is more likely to be seen as problematic, as the the XSX won't have it's killer app. For the former, Infinite will still launch for the Xbox One so is a bit less of an issue.


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