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Xbox boss feels "really good" about Xbox Series X Holiday 2020 launch

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Xbox head Phil Spencer said in a recent interview that despite obvious challenges related to the current pandemic, the Xbox Series X (opens in new tab) should still launch this holiday season as planned.

Appearing on Reggie Fils-Aime's new podcast (opens in new tab), Spencer spoke optimistically about the planned Holiday 2020 launch of the Xbox Series X. While noting the impact of the pandemic on game development - especially those in "pre-content complete" stages - Spencer suggested the Xbox Series X is still on track for release later this year.

Asked by Fils-Aime whether things were still "on track" as they relate to the Xbox Series X launch timeline, Spencer summarized his generous reply with confidence. "We've had to work through some challenges, but [we] feel good about timelines, feel really good about this holiday," Spencer said.

There's a good chance everyone reading this has lived through the very real struggle of obtaining a brand new console near launch, solely because of supply constraints. Thankfully, Spencer's language regarding the supply side of things was hopeful. "Our supply chain, we feel good about. The hardware side, it feels like we'll be able to get enough units," he said.

It's not the first time (opens in new tab) Xbox has reassured fans about the Xbox Series X's Holiday 2020 launch, but it's good to hear the up-to-date scoop on where things stand amongst so much global uncertainty. Likewise, Sony recently (opens in new tab) confirmed the PS5 (opens in new tab) to be "on track" for its scheduled Holiday 2020 release.

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Jordan Gerblick
Jordan Gerblick

After scoring a degree in English from ASU, I worked as a copy editor while freelancing for places like SFX Magazine, Screen Rant, Game Revolution, and MMORPG on the side. Now, as GamesRadar's west coast Staff Writer, I'm responsible for managing the site's western regional executive branch, AKA my apartment, and writing about whatever horror game I'm too afraid to finish.