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Xbox Series X regional site suggests it launches on Thanksgiving 2020

Published: 20:18, 18 March 2020
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Today's PlayStation 5 deep dive has given us a good idea of the next round of the console wars, but a regional Xbox website seemed to have jumped the gun and post a Thanksgiving 2020 launch date, which the company officially dismissed as an error.

Thanksgiving falls on 26 November 2020, which still coincides with the Holiday 2020 time frame. That said, Microsoft quickly took to their social channels, insisting that the supposed leak is merely an error. 

"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", the company said. 

All things considered, we wouldn't be so quick to dismiss the possibility of a Thanksgiving launch. Microsoft's reaction is understandable considering the ongoing health crisis, which bring a whole lotta uncertainty to the table. 

What seems pretty certain is that the console wars traditions continue with traditional roles and Microsoft's hardware superiority.

In the past though, Microsoft's hardware advantage couldn't make up for the lack of in-house exclusives - an area where Sony traditionally dominated. 

This time around, however, Xbox Series X is well-positioned to capitalise on every bit of advantage. Microsoft has bolstered the Xbox Game Studios ranks with more than a few highly rated and reputable teams, who they hope will finally give Sony a run for their money.

Sony have been on a roll with PlayStation 4 exclusives in the past few years, delivering some proper masterpieces along the way. God of War and Spider-Man are but a few more recent examples, and it'll be interesting to see whether Xbox Series X can bring it in terms of content.

Expanding the notion of exclusivity to all Microsoft-compatible devices rather than just the console, Head of Xbox Game Studios Matt Booty said , "We want to make sure that if someone invests in Xbox between now and [Series X] that they feel that they made a good investment and that we’re committed to them with content."

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