The Xbox Series X console is not far away at all – but precisely how far, we can’t currently say. For the Xbox One, Microsoft waited until 2013’s E3 conference in June to announce the One’s release date. However, this year’s E3 conference has already been cancelled, meaning that both Sony and Microsoft have no constraints on when to announce their next flagship consoles.So far, all we know that the Xbox Series X will launch in “holiday 2020”, which in theory covers the final three months of the year. However, there’s a few more hints we can use the help us pinpoint the release date a bit more precisely.
Firstly, it’s virtually guranteed that Microsoft will want to launch the Series X at least a week, if not more, before Black Friday, which falls this year on November 27th. Black Friday has now morphed into a week-long event, and Microsoft will be desperate to capitalise upon the annual shopping frenzy. Similarly, they’ll want to be in shops long before Christmas to make the most of the gift giving season.
Perhaps of greater importance to Microsoft is stealing a march on Sony’s PS5. Though many gamers will have already decided which console they’ll pick up next, for those who are on the fence, the difference of even a couple of weeks could be huge. The PS3, for example, suffered enormously by allowing Microsoft to launch the Xbox 360 much sooner. Both companies will be keen to avoid being second in the race to get their console out there.
We had originally predicted a mid-November release for the Xbox Series X. However, with rumours emerging that Sony will aim to launch the PS5 in October, it may spur Microsoft to aim for an earlier date. As we’ve stated, being first to market is of paramount importance for both consoles, and even just a couple of weeks could make a big difference to the respective consoles long term prospects. With this in mind, don’t rule out an October release for the Xbox Series X console.
When will Xbox Series X pre-orders be available?
We’re still eagerly awaiting the opportunity to pre-order the Xbox Series X. In the past, for consoles that have been slated to launch in October/ November, pre-orders have typically gone live in June, normally right after firmer details around the release date and – crucially – the launch price. Neither Sony or Microsoft will want to be the first to commit to a price for fear of being undercut, and there’s no E3 conference this year, the traditional time to announce pricing. However, we’re still expecting that by the end of June, we should have heard when we can expect pre-orders to go live, if not already have them live. Stay tuned, and don’t forget to sign up to our email alerts to be the first to know!