wow! We would have given our last Pringle to be in the boardroom when Microsoft made the decision to delay the release of Xbox Series X title Halo Infinite because it couldn’t have been an easy decision to make. Judging by its gameplay revealed earlier in the year, it’s probably for the best, but the Redmond manufacturer will have built its entire marketing campaign around the tent title, and now it’s not coming out.
Once the enthusiasts have, you know, cooled the f*ck out, it probably won’t mean much in the grand scheme of things. Here’s the reality: Phil Spencer and his team will be swapping out every single Xbox Series X they can make this holiday – and likely swapping out the odd Xbox Series S too, assuming he ever gets around to announcing the least powerful platform ever. more complicated product portfolio.
But there’s no two ways about it, it’s quite a coup – it leaves the Redmond company touting the fact that you can play existing games on your new machine – an impressive feature, to be sure, but not exactly the headline you want. to be attached to your new format. Whether the organization will go out of its way to sign any third-party deals remains to be seen, but all speculation suggests that it’s Sony that has pulled out its checkbook.
Of course, this puts more scrutiny on the Japanese giant’s launch lineup. For starters, we haven’t seen much of what the PlayStation maker has to offer either. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales appears to be the flagship title, and it certainly makes sense to associate the world-famous web-slinger with the next-gen console, but how much of a jump from its predecessor on 2018’s PS4 is it likely to be? And how much will it cost?
To be fair, it looks like the platform holder will have at least a handful of things to justify its new hardware. Astro’s arcade will be included with the console, and is sure to delight for a few hours; Bethesda, for its part, will deliver at least one timed exclusive in the form of a Deathloop. We think other filler releases, like Godfall and Sackboy: A Big Adventure, will probably make it on release day as well. It’s not exactly impressive, but it’s enough.
However, Sony once again finds itself in an unexpected position here. It is said that he has more important announcements to make, both from first-class and third-party teams. With the only major Microsoft title missing from the action, the Japanese giant has to provide some real substance. Without a doubt, Coronavirus has influenced the plans of all organizations, but from the outside, Xbox does not seem to be prepared for this generation; PlayStation has to prove that it is.
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