Xbox Boss Is Confident Xbox Series X Will Launch On Schedule, But Games Are Another Question

2020 is a huge year for Xbox, with the launch of a next-generation console and Halo Infinite.

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Xbox boss Phil Spencer has commented on the impact of COVID-19 on Microsoft's plans to launch the Xbox Series X and new games on schedule.

Speaking to CNBC, Spencer said he feels confident that the Xbox Series X hardware will be able to launch on time this Holiday period. He said there was "some impact to schedules" for the hardware, but his team has been able to overcome those. Overall, Spencer said Microsoft is in line with its expectations for where it would be at this point in the year as it relates to the Xbox Series X hardware.

As for games, however, that's a different story. Spencer said the nature of large-scale game development means that the work-from-home setup may lead to production slowdown.

"The bigger unknown is probably the game production, just being honest," Spencer said. "Game production is a large-scale entertainment activity now. You have hundreds of people coming together, building assets, working through creative [decisions]."

Spencer said Microsoft still has a positive feeling about its game development roadmap, but he stressed that the health and safety of its developers is Microsoft's top concern right now.

"We're learning every day. We still feel good about it, but I also need to make sure the security and the safety of the teams is the most important thing, and not unduly push when things just aren't ready," he said.

This is at least the second time that Spencer has spoken publicly about the impact of COVID-19. He previously spoke about how the Xbox development teams are feeling "stretched" with the new work-from-home policies.

"We have nothing right now that says we're not going to make the dates that we've been planning, but I'll also say this is real-time stuff. I'm gonna put the safety and security of our teams at the top, along with a quality product. I don't want to rush a product out if it's not ready," he said.

Spencer confirmed that Microsoft has no "plan B" in place right now for what could happen if COVID-19 crisis continues for an extended period of time. That being said, Spencer said he does not want to launch the Xbox Series X on a staggered basis as it did with the Xbox One. In Japan, for example, the Xbox One launched a full nine months after the system arrived in other parts of the world. Spencer said he wants the Xbox Series X to have a global simultaneous rollout.

This brings up an interesting scenario with Halo Infinite. Spencer said Microsoft "won't hold the launch of the platform for any individual game." Based on this comment, it sounds like Microsoft will ship the Xbox Series X this holiday even if Halo Infinite--or any other marquee first-party game--is delayed. No matter what happens, Spencer said Microsoft plans to be "very transparent" with people about their plans.

Halo Infinite being delayed would be a big loss for the Xbox Series X, as Microsoft hasn't launched a new Xbox console with Halo as a launch title since the original Xbox back in 2001. For its part, Halo Infinite developer 343 Industries has said the COVID-19 crisis "may get worse before it gets better."

For what it's worth, Microsoft has said there will be multiple pre-release beta tests for Halo Infinite, and Microsoft has never said if the Holiday 2020 release date for the game is for the full release or its beta tests.

Microsoft will show off Xbox Series X games as part of a livestream event on May 7. These will be third-party games, including Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Valhalla, so fans shouldn't get their hopes up to see Halo Infinite. Microsoft is planning a separate, later event to show off first-party games.

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I just want to say to the moderator Daddy....something shit, **** OFF!!!!, i don't care if you ban this account, you are Racists and sexist and are a coward, so go on, ban this account too, do as i say coward, **** OFF.

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Once again xbox is showing it's plans, powerful console without games, a powerful piece of useless trash.

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7 studios acquired in 2018

Playground games

Undead labs

Ninja Theory

COMPULSION GAMES

InXile Entertainment

Obsidian Entertainment

PlayFab

And a created one(makes 8)

2019

Brutal legend

Double Fine

Created one

You have obsidian about to release an exclusive console and Rare is coming out with another promising title, hmm seems like the potential for a lot of games. Let's see what exclusives has sony lost, kingdom hearts, their beloved metal gear solid series, no man's sky, sure there are more those are just to name a few.

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@gzaface: Let me guess a PS or PC fanboy. At least xbox is showing something, all that has been revealed from PS, is what the controller, wow so amazing lol. The majority of PS exclusives are single player games, you can keep that trash lol, at least xbox is making moves sweeping up studios, a lot of your PS exclusives are beginning to not look so exclusive after all lol. I'm just trying to figure out what Sony has going for it right now and don't give the same stupid response exclusives or they were number one last generation, blah blah same ol lame response from Sony players.

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@bababooey12: And this is why xbox suck this gen, people like you that blindly believe everything and contrast with evidence nothing, it's true ps hasn't showed much, but judging for how they are behaving this gen i would bet on ps games for the next gen, you on the other hand are just betting on faith and that's naive for not say stupid.

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@gzaface: Xbox just announced an event on May 7th to discuss games for Xbox Series X.

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@gzaface: blindly believe everything lol okay, so its not true that the majority of PS exclusives tend to be single player games or at least the good ones, not true that all they have really revealed about their console is specs and a controller, not true that over the last couple years microsoft has been scooping up a bunch of studios, Obsidian to name one, is it not true that in the same time there has also been a few titles and I'm sure more to come migrating to xbox, that were previously PS exclusives. Don't you think its also true, that you are a hypocrite and contradicte yourself lol, not very bright are you. I mean you say I'm blind and believe everything and than proceed to tell me I'm right lol, then say that based on how Sony is acting that their games are safe to bet on lol, but of course without knowing and called me naive for the same thing lol wow.

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@gzaface: blindly believe everything lol okay, so its not true that the majority of PS exclusives tend to be single player games or at least the good ones, not true that all they have really revealed about their console is specs and a controller, not true that over the last couple years microsoft has been scooping up a bunch of studios, Obsidian to name one, is it not true that in the same time there has also been a few titles and I'm sure more to come migrating to xbox, that were previously PS exclusives. Don't you think its also true, that you are a hypocrite and contradicte yourself lol, not very bright are you. I mean you say I'm blind and believe everything and than proceed to tell me I'm right lol, then say that based on how Sony is acting that their games are safe to bet on lol, but of course without knowing and called me naive for the same thing lol wow.

You only have expectations, show me the games..... powerful machine, cool, studios bought, cool, but those are just promises, blind faith, expectations, SHOW ME the games... this gen xbox sucked at games and if you think otherwise you are just delusional.

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@gzaface: lol that's your counter argument I mentioned games, currently enjoying SOT, The outer worlds, state of decay 2, journey to the savage planet and soon to be Grounded, Red Dead Redemption 2, Grandtheft Auto, No Man's Sky and many more. Just trying to figure out how the games on Xbox sucked this gen, I guess its just because your a sony or PC fanboy(yea I've seen other comments usual troll, bashing anything involving xbox) I seem to be enjoying quite a few right now. Lol I would like to think acquiring 9 new studios/creating two new ones are pretty reasonable expectations to have lol. At least wait to make your comment until after they're done showing the games next week geez.

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@bababooey12: All of the games you named can be played better on another system, how pathetic is that xbox only have inferior versions of games to show, and more pathetic is that people like you don't recognize how bad xbox games were this gen. (and probably are going to be next gen)

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@gzaface: lol, okay troll, some of those games I mentioned can't be played on a nintendo or PS, so tell me how they can be played better on another console, as for the others being better played on another system, how do you figure that. I'm willing to bet the games I'm running are smoother and look better on my 4K tv with my Xbox One X then on any PS, not to mention xbox is second to none when it comes to the multiplayer side of things. As for the PC the only thing going for it, is the better graphics that's after spending thousands just to get a decent rig, not to mention having to keep upgrading it, also add on the modders etc, no thanks.

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@gzaface: Quit calling people pathetic just because they don't think the next Xbox is going to suck.

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