Microsoft hasn’t formally announced it but its own website states the Xbox Series X will launch Thanksgiving 2020, which falls on November 26.
Not to be outdone by Sony’s deep dive into the PlayStation 5 today, Microsoft quietly narrowed the release date for its own next-gen console, the Xbox Series X. According to a regional Xbox website, the Xbox Series X will launch “Thanksgiving 2020.”
UPDATE: Xbox’s Larry ‘Major Nelson’ Hryb has responded. Unfortunately, it looks like the Thanksgiving 2020 window was “inaccurately listed.” Xbox Series X is still set to launch “Holiday 2020,” which I guess still could mean Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States, which would be November 26 this year. Thanksgiving is accompanied by what is typically the busiest shopping day of the year in Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving).
Microsoft hasn’t made any official announcement regarding the Xbox Series X’s release. In fact, the Thanksgiving 2020 date was tucked away at the bottom of the website, possibly suggesting more of a window than an actual specific date. It’s also worth mentioning that the U.S. version of the website still states “Holiday 2020.”
Microsoft is coming off its own massive info dump in which is revealed a ton of tech specs for its next-gen system. The Xbox Series X is billed as the “most powerful Xbox ever,” and the tech inside the box definitely backs that up. Here’s some of the specs:
- CPU: 8x Cores @ 3.8 GHz (3.6 GHz w/ SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU
- GPU: 12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz Custom RDNA 2 GPU
- Memory: 16 GB GDDR6 w/ 320b bus
- Memory Bandwidth: 10GB @ 560 GB/s, 6GB @ 336 GB/s
- Internal Storage: 1 TB Custom NVME SSD
- Target Performance: 4K @ 60 FPS, Up to 120 FPS
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All of this will allow for some pretty amazing stuff in terms of the future of gaming on the Xbox. One of the most touted features is the support for hardware accelerated DirectX Raytracying, which dramatically improves lighting and sound in games.
Speed is another point of emphasis for the Xbox Series X. From reduced loading times to quick resume, the Xbox Series X is designed to get you into games with little wait.
Microsoft hasn’t yet announced pricing for the Xbox Series X. That announcement was likely to come at E3 this summer but with the annual tradeshow canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak, it’s likely Microsoft will just announce it via a blog post or perhaps a livestream if they want to get fancy and show off some of the launch titles.