Microsoft is getting ready for its biggest-ever year of launches for Xbox products and services in the middle of a global pandemic, and plans to hold monthly series of online showcases.
According to Jerret West, CVP, Gaming Marketing, Microsoft's goal remains to launch Xbox Series X and Halo Infinite this Holiday. All 15 Xbox Game Studios teams are working on next-generation games for Xbox Series X and Xbox Game Pass. For PC players, Microsoft plans to support the community by making all its major releases at launch available with Xbox Game Pass for PC, including Halo Infinite, Wasteland 3, Minecraft Dungeons and of course, Microsoft Flight Simulator.
Microsoft has also new updates and titles lined up for Xbox Game Pass for console and PC, and it is expanding Project xCloud into new countries and on new devices. Later this year, Project xCloud and Xbox Game Pass will come together, enabling you and your friends to play together in more ways.
Starting with the May 7 episode of Inside Xbox, Microsoft will be showcasing what happens next in the world of Xbox, every month. Such online monthly online events will take place throughout the rest of the year.
For the Xbox 20/20 May update, Microsoft will focus on giving you a first look at next-gen gameplay, trailers and sneak peeks from a wide variety of publishing partners and independent developers across the globe and industry, including Ubisoft’s recently announced Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and hear from game creators about what they’re doing with their games on Xbox Series X.
While Chief Financial Officer Amy Hood said last week the console launch is “on track” and device manufacturing in China is returning to normal, there may be delays in some outside developers’ games for the new device, Microsoft's Phil Spencer.
West promises that Microsoft will be confirming games that utilize its new Smart Delivery feature, which ensures that you always play the best version of the games you own for your console, across generations. And all the games you’ll see will be Xbox Series X Optimized, meaning they are built to take advantage of the Xbox Series X features, including 4K resolution at up to 120 frames per second, DirectStorage, hardware-accelerated DirectX raytracing, super-fast load times and more.
In July, Microsoft will dedicate time to focus on the games coming from Xbox Game Studios.
The first Inside Xbox event will be held at 8 a.m. PDT on May 7.
Meanwhile, Microsoft revealed the boot up graphic and sound of the Series X: