- Microsoft originally planned to launch the Xbox Series X in August 2020, according to a new report.
- As it stands, the next-gen console is slated for release during the 2020 holiday period.
- By shifting the release window, Microsoft squandered its best chance at securing a lead against the PS5.
If a new report has any substance, Microsoft lost out on a potential early lead for its upcoming next-gen Xbox Series X against Sony’s PS5.
According to Thurrott’s Brad Sam, Microsoft originally planned to release the Xbox Series X this August, months ahead of the speculative Holiday 2020 launch window the company currently has its sights on.
The First Next-Gen Console Was Supposed to Drop Even Sooner Than We Expected
Speaking about Microsoft’s heavily-rumored, budget-conscious Xbox Series X variant, Sams explains (emphasis added):
Here’s a fun fact though, the original launch plans for Lockhart was that it was going to be released in Mid-October. That may not sound all that surprising, but Anaconda, the series X, was going to release in late August; clearly plans have been adjusted since the conception of the hardware.
Historically, platform holders have released consoles towards the tail end of their respective launch years.
A late summer launch is as unexpected as it is shrewd. Microsoft’s early release plans would likely have been pivotal in establishing an early lead against the PS5.
Xbox Blew a Perfect Chance for a Head Start on the PS5
Indeed, the appetite for the next-gen consoles grows with each passing day. It’s been seven years since the current-gen consoles released. And they are certainly starting to show their age.
The promise of near-zero load times, improved graphics, and a slew of next-gen ready titles are but a few factors that mean fans are more than willing to transition.