Xbox Series X still launches Holiday 2020 (update)

Xbox Series X
Xbox Series X (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • Xbox Series X is more powerful than the PlayStation 5.
  • Microsoft's console has a 1.875 teraflops advantage over Sony's machine.
  • Xbox India claims that it's launching in "Thanksgiving 2020."
  • This may be a typo but you never know.

Updated March 18, 2020: Microsoft confirmed that the console is still launching in Holiday 2020.

This morning, Xbox India updated its Xbox Series X (opens in new tab) portal with a release date of "Thanksgiving 2020." While there were images floating around for a while, we were finally able to verify this. However, keep in mind that this could be a mistranslation because "Holiday 2020" is the release date we know of. Many speculate that it's coming in November of this year.

As with any such leak, take it with a grain of salt until Microsoft provides clarification. We're willing to bet that we're going to get an email soon that says this is a mistranslation. But, you never know. It's on the official portal and maybe someone knows something we don't.

Today, Sony unveiled the specifications for the PlayStation 5 and it turns out that Microsoft's machine is more powerful than what its main competitor has in store. However, Sony does have a faster hard drive which should help in loading games faster. But, with "multiple save states" on the Xbox Series X, it's unclear who's come out on top in the long run.

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  • I am leaning on a misunderstanding of what 'Holiday' 2020 means to the US.
  • Oooo nice. Just a thought. With the SSD you need to clarify Series X can use SSD as virtual Ram. While PS5 does not. The SSD in Series X has an impact on overall system capabilites during gameplay. PS5 is just a storage medium
  • It's not new that Microsoft has better hardware than Sony. Hopefully they will promote it better and enhance the gaming library this time
  • Yeah I know. My point was it's a big deal that some outlets fail to mention when talking about SSD of the consoles.
  • I mean, it's kinda new... the PS4 was quite a bit more powerful than the Xbox One, wasn't it? (Before the X1X came out and annihilated it?)
  • Is it me, or is Sony making a mess of this? Could have shown the console, and it would have turned a tech heavy "reveal" into something that appealed to fans. I terms of SSD, I'm amazed they didn't match or beat MS. I wonder how large the system OS is? Microsoft could still get caught out by price of console and cost of external storage. If they could sell them at less than the equivalent sized pcie 4 pc SSD s that PS will use, then all good.
  • The load times between the Series X and PS5 will be negligible, there is no discernable difference in gaming between a 2GB/s drive and a 5GB/s drive because games aren't dealing with file sizes that large, they are dealing in lots and lots of files that equal those large amounts, but the increased speed doesn't really affect that due to the way computers access files.