A leaked Xbox Series X controller box could suggest a November 6 release date for Microsoft's next-gen console.
The Verge journalist Tom Warren posted a tweet (opens in new tab) with an image obtained from a tipster that is said to be boxes of the new Xbox Series X (opens in new tab) controllers. The packaging has a "do not open date" of November 6, which might potentially be the actual release date of the upcoming Microsoft console.
Xbox Series X may launch on November 6th. A tipster tells me boxes of the new controllers have a do not open date of November 6th on them. These controllers leaked earlier this week https://t.co/oyhlbg2SKo pic.twitter.com/dq096shN7LAugust 11, 2020
As with every leak, it's best to maintain some scepticism, but given the recent confirmation yesterday that the Xbox Series X will be launching in November (opens in new tab), it doesn't seem outside of the realms of possibility.
This latest leak follows not long after previous controller images surfaced that seemingly confirmed the existence of the Xbox Series S (opens in new tab). The long-rumoured all-digital console was referred to with the codename Lockhart, and along with leaked code (opens in new tab), the images seem to give further credence to the idea that another console is on the way along with the Series X.
As well as getting news confirming a November release date, 343 Industries posted a statement revealing that Halo Infinite has been pushed back to 2021 (opens in new tab). Originally set to be the big launch title for the Series X, studio head Chris Lee wrote that the decision to delay the next entry in the Halo series came as a result of development challenges, including the "ongoing COVID-related impacts affecting us all this year".
After acknowledging the hard work of the team at 343 Industries and their commitment to making a great game, Lee explained that "it is not sustainable for the well-being of our team or the overall success of the game to ship it this holiday."
The exact release date of both the Xbox Series X and PS5 (opens in new tab) has been the source of much discussion over the past year. Whether or not the PS5 also releases in November remains to be seen, but given it also has a Holiday 2020 window, it could very well launch around a similar date.
Looking ahead to the next-gen console? Here are all of the upcoming Xbox Series X games (opens in new tab) we know about so far.