The Xbox Series X is confirmed to come out this November, but it will do so without its exclusive exclusion. And maybe he just delivered the victory to PS5 in a console war, which already looks overwhelming in favor of Sony.
On August 11, developer 343 Industries announced that it would delay the highly anticipated Halo Infinite until 2021 in order to take more time to “deliver a Halo gaming experience that meets our vision.” And while the 343’s decision is understandable on several levels, it could give gamers one more reason to choose the PS5 over the Xbox Series X this holiday season.
The delay of Halo Infinite should not come as a huge surprise to those who have been following the latest Xbox events. The July gameplay was shown with a mixed reception, especially from those who believed that the Halo Infinite graphics don’t look like those of a true next-generation game. 343 Industries also cited COVID-related development issues as a reason behind the delay, making Halo Infinite one of the many products whose release date has been affected by the global pandemic.
So while the delay of Halo Infinite will produce a better end product, it leaves a hole in the Xbox X series launch line. Although Microsoft is quick to point out that the Xbox Series X will play “thousands”; of games at launch. thanks to backward compatibility, many of its unique expectations, such as Forza Motorsport and Fable 4, are likely years.
In addition, most of the major titles that will hit the console this fall, including Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Watch Dogs: Legion and Destiny 2, are also aimed at PS5. If accompanied by the fact that the PS5 has at least one major set important for this holiday with Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Sony’s next Sony console may end up being the one you buy for the vast majority of gamers looking update. this fall.
The PS5 was already shaping up to win this holiday, with a recent poll revealing that fans are more likely to pick up Sony’s console than Microsoft’s new system by an overwhelming 84% to 15%.
There are also cases where Microsoft has not given fans a reason to pick up an X series. Most of Microsoft’s major titles to be released over the next few years are also planned for Xbox One and PC, and are also they will be able to play in the cloud, thanks to streaming Xbox Game Pass. The Xbox Series X has slightly stronger specs than the PS5 on paper, but Microsoft would be advised to have one last showcase to reveal what that power really translates to during real-world gaming, especially without a Halo game that powers the system in the launch.
Game delays are incredibly frequent, and 343 Industries deserves accessories to prioritize the health of both its game and its employees, pushing Halo Infinite back. But without an exclusive major release, the Xbox X series may have lost yet another battle against the PS5.