Despite what was published on some of its international sites, Microsoft wants fans to know that Thanksgiving 2020 is not the official release date of the Xbox Series X, its next-generation console.
In an attempt to clarify the situation, Xbox Live’s Major Nelson (Larry Hryb) tweeted that the information was “inaccurately listed.” Microsoft is, however, committed to launching the console “Holiday 2020.”
An Xbox product page in some regions inaccurately listed the launch date for Xbox Series X as Thanksgiving 2020. We are committed to launching Holiday 2020— Larry Hryb 🦉✨ (@majornelson) March 18, 2020
It remains to be seen whether Microsoft can uphold this promise. According to one analyst, both the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 will inevitably be delayed due to COVID-19, which is wreaking havoc on manufacturing.
“Coronavirus is likely to have a major short-term impact on the delivery of both systems. There is a strong likelihood one or both systems will not make a 2020 launch. If the systems do launch, supply will likely be constrained and initial pricing could be higher than expected,” wrote DFC Intelligence.
“Currently the economy is in an unprecedented state of uncertainty. Even if the situation clears up in a few weeks, the ability to manufacture and release a high-end new game system has already been severely impacted.”