Microsoft hasn’t been very shy about sharing Xbox Series X details. Sony, meanwhile, has been a little more metered in their release of information. Both approaches have their ups and downs, but I for one like to hear about new things when it comes to the next generation.
To this end, Microsoft has announced a monthly digital event called Xbox 20/20. The idea is to give us new details on Xbox Series X and its games on a monthly basis. The first entry is coming on May 7th, 2020, so let’s see what they have in store!
The Rise of Digital Events (Long Live E3!)
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a major part of our daily lives, companies have shifted to digital formats for their events. As we all recall, E3 2020 was also cancelled due to the pandemic, so Microsoft and others are forced to go digital.
And go digital they shall! In a blog post, Jerret West, CVP, Gaming Marketing outlined some updates and the plan for the new event:
- The goal remains to launch Xbox Series X and Halo Infinite this holiday
- All 15 Xbox Game Studios are working on next-generation titles
- New titles are coming to Game Pass on console and PC
- The streaming service, Project xCloud, will come to new countries this year and pair with Game Pass in new ways
Starting on May 7th, 2020 with the day’s episode of Inside Xbox, Microsoft will begin showcasing what’s coming up in the world of Xbox. Xbox 20/20 will be something that happens every month for the rest of the year.
They teased the coming event for May 7th with a video that seems to showcase the boot screen and music for the new system. It’s pretty sleek, so check it out below:
The upcoming event on May 7th, 2020 will showcase next generation gameplay, trailers, and sneak peeks from a range of third-party publishers and indie developers. They’re also promising a look at gameplay for the recently announced Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, which has me excited.
The event will also confirm which titles are going to use the Smart Delivery feature, which if you recall allows you to buy a game once and enjoy the best version possible on whichever device you’re using. In other words, buy it on Xbox One and play the next-gen version on Series X without paying twice.
They also previewed plans for July’s episode of Xbox 20/20, which seems to be focused on showcasing games from their first-party studios. No word on what plans for June are currently.
Set Your Calendars For May 7th
The first iteration of Xbox 20/20 is set for May 7th, 2020 at 8AM PDT, and will stream online across a variety of platforms. Stay tuned for our coverage that day, and our impressions of the next-generation gameplay on Xbox Series X!
In the meantime, let us know what games you want to see in the comments!