We’ll Finally See Games Running on Xbox Series X Next Week

Third-party developers will get the spotlight.

After showing the box at the end of last year, Microsoft is preparing a presentation for next week that will finally show games running on an Xbox Series X.

The First Look presentation will feature third-party games running on the console, with first-party games from Xbox’s own studios planned for something similar later in the summer, according to Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg. From the sound of it, among the games being showcased will be Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, which was officially unveiled this morning, but with no actual gameplay to accompany it.

So whatever games will be showcased, it sounds like there will be nothing shown for games like Halo: Infinite and Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II, which are being developed by Microsoft’s own studios. If nothing else, this will give us an idea of what developers are working on something that is probably coming in the Xbox Series X’s launch window this Holiday season.

In other news:

As a great deal of console launch games come out on both old and new consoles (including Valhalla) we can probably expect to see some comparison footage of games running on both Xbox Series X and Xbox One to really drive home the upgrade in power. Even Microsoft is going this cross-gen route for launch titles, and says that it will be bringing Xbox Game Studios games to both systems for at least the first year or so. This is so studios can expect sales on both the Series X and the One, the latter of which will have a significantly larger install base for at least a few years. Anyone who buys those games on Xbox One will have access to them on Xbox Series X through the new Smart Delivery feature, which is basically an equivalent to Cross Buy on Sony platforms which lets you buy a game on one system and own it on others within that family of consoles.

While Microsoft is being pretty forward with the Xbox Series X, Sony is still being cagey when it comes to showing off the PlayStation 5. Not only has the company not shown or announced any games that are coming to the system, we still don’t even know what the box looks like at this point. While the company has held presentations to talk about the specs and showed off the new DualSense controller, there’s still no word on when we’ll hear anything really consumer facing on the console just yet. According to reports, the system will be in relatively limited supply compared to the PlayStation 4’s launch in 2013, and the system’s price is apparently the subject of some internal drama at Sony due to part costs. All that being said, Sony is still adamant the thing is coming this holiday season, even with the coronavirus pandemic ruining everything for everybody.

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Kenneth Shepard

Kenneth is a Georgia-based writer who still periodically cries about the Mass Effect trilogy years after it concluded.

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