Xbox "20/20" Monthly Event Announced, Will Showcase Series X Gameplay & More

Joanna Estrada
May 6, 2020

While the update says that "the best development teams around the world are working hard to have their games ready to play on Xbox Series X this holiday", Xbox boss Phil Spencer suggested to CNBC (via Gamasutra) that some of its planned releases could be impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. We already know that we'll see Assassin's Creed Valhalla, but expect some big surprises and "world premieres" as well.

No details were given for June's news, but in July Microsoft will dedicate time to show off games coming from Xbox Game Studios, including first looks at new gameplay for previously announced titles, as well as entirely new games.

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In a blog post on Tuesday, Xbox chief marketing officer Jerret West acknowledged just how hard the past several weeks have been for everyone. Microsoft is "in line with where we thought we would be" regarding the Xbox Series X console, he said, but "the bigger unknown is probably the game production". But the pandemic brought about by the novel coronavirus forced everyone to change their plans, including Microsoft.

Based on this preview, the Xbox Series X startup screen is pretty much what you'd hope for. "A number of our studio teams are looking forward to sharing first looks at new gameplay, insights from development teams being optimized for Xbox Series X, and brand-new game announcements".

Furthermore, every major upcoming Xbox game will also be available as part of Xbox Game Pass for PC at launch, including Halo Infinite, Wasteland 3, Minecraft Dungeons, and Microsoft Flight Simulator - all of which are scheduled to come out this year.

Since Microsoft doesn't have to cram all of its Xbox Series X announcements into a single event like E3, it's going to space them out over the course of the next few months instead. You'll be able to play Xbox games anywhere you want on the go, which will effectively leave the PS5 behind in terms of the ease of access. His previously published work can be found on TechHive, VentureBeat and Game Rant.

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