Microsoft shed more light on its plans for Xbox Series X and the rest of 2020 today with the announcement of Xbox 20/20 — a new program that promises to deliver monthly updates for the rest of the year showcasing what’s next for Xbox Series X, Xbox Games Studios, Xbox Game Pass and Project xCloud. These updates will likely cover most of the information the company had planned to reveal at this year’s cancelled E3 conference.
The first entry in Xbox 20/20 will start on May 7. Jerret West, CVP of Gaming Marketing for Team Xbox explained the setup: “Starting with the May 7 episode of Inside Xbox, we will be showcasing what happens next in the world of Xbox, every month, which is why we’re calling it ‘Xbox 20/20.’ These monthly moments will take place throughout the rest of the year and will be a way for us to engage, connect and celebrate with you about what’s in store for the next generation of gaming, including what’s next for Xbox Series X, Xbox Game Studios, Xbox Game Pass and Project xCloud. Every month will bring something different. Stay tuned to Xbox Wire for more details.”
West went on to say that fans can expect the May episode of Inside Xbox to deliver the first look at Xbox Series X gameplay from “a wide variety of publishing partners and independent developers,” including Ubisoft’s recently announced Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Expect all of the trailers and gameplay shown to be for titles that will support 4K resolution, 120 fps, DirectStorage, hardware-accelerated DirectX raytracing, and super-fast load times.
Rumors have been making the rounds through social media that both the Xbox Series X and a number of its launch titles could face possible delays. West didn’t address the rumors directly, but instead said that “Our goal remains to launch Xbox Series X and Halo Infinite this Holiday,” which leaves Microsoft wiggle room for pushing back both the game and the console’s launch date. Halo Infinite, releasing for both Xbox One and Xbox Series X, will support Microsoft’s new Smart Delivery system, which ensures that purchasing a game once will allow you to play it on both the Xbox One and Xbox Series X.
Microsoft has 15 Xbox Game Studios teams working on next-gen games for Xbox Series X and Xbox Game Pass, and each one of Microsoft’s major launch titles for the Xbox Series X will be available for PC players via Xbox Game Pass. This includes Halo Infinite, Wasteland 3, Minecraft Dungeons and Microsoft Flight Simulator. West added that there are also yet to be announced updates and titles lined up for Xbox Games Pass for console and PC.
Lastly, West shared that Microsoft is expanding Project xCloud “into new countries and on new devices,” and later in 2020 fans should expect to see the service working in tandem with Xbox Game Pass to deliver new ways for players to play games together.
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