We won’t have to wait long for Xbox Series X game reveals
If you’re having a hard time getting excited about next-gen consoles when most of what we’ve seen has been lists of tech specs, sizzle reels of plastic boxes and controllers, and whatever the heck that Mark Cerny thing was, you may be in luck. According to a recent statement from Xbox head Phil Spencer, we’ll soon be learning more about the games and gameplay we can expect to see on Microsoft’s upcoming system.
The info comes in response to a fan question on Twitter. A user with the handle Woggerman asked Spencer for an update Microsoft’s plans to reveal more about the next-gen Xbox Series X in the weeks and months ahead. Spencer’s response revealed that the Xbox team met the day before to review its planned rollout of reveals up until launch. Spencer said that he’s “never been more excited,” and that transparency and authenticity will be key to the messaging on the system.
But the most intriguing part of his answer wasn’t even a direct response to Woggerman’s question. Spencer wrote that the “next step is not too much of a wait,” and, as though to make it extra clear what he meant, added “games” in parentheses.
So how soon exactly is “not too much of a wait”? Normally, we’d expect Microsoft to save many of its biggest reveals for its annual E3 press conference, but this year’s expo has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last month, we heard that Microsoft was one of the game companies planning to move forward with its own digital event to replace the E3 festivities. And earlier this week, an industry analyst said that some of the reveals originally planned for E3 might now be coming sooner than expected, specifically noting that the “first proper next gen console/games showcase is much earlier too.”
If those comments were in reference to Microsoft, that would mean we could expect to see more on the Xbox Series X and its games “much earlier” than the original June 9th kick-off date for E3, which would seem to imply we’d be getting a digital showcase sometime in May. Though it’s far from confirmed, we may well be two or three weeks away from learning more about the future of Xbox.
Xbox Series X is slated to launch this holiday season.