Microsoft has confirmed that they are not working on a Plan B for the release of the new Xbox Series X console. Still without a release date, the Xbox Series X is scheduled to hit shelves holiday 2020. It will replace the current most powerful console, the Xbox One X, and looks set to prove a real step forward.
But recent world events have seen many events cancelled and a lot of people globally confined to their homes.
This has affected all industries, including developers and production workers across the world.
So there’s a real chance that other major launches saved for later in 2020 could be affected by the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19.
However, speaking to IGN, Microsoft revealed that it was still focused on launching its new Xbox Series X as already planned.
So far there has been no need for a Plan B to be worked on to replace what will be the current Xbox Series X release date.
Head of Xbox Phil Spencer told the IGN Unlocked podcast: “We haven’t really started on any kind of plan b, as you asked about.”
“We have nothing right now that says we’re not going to make the dates that we’ve been planning.”
But that doesn’t mean Spencer and the Microsoft team aren’t ready to change how things are being planned, adding:
“But this is real time stuff, and I’m going to put the safety and security of the teams at the top, along with a quality product. I don’t want to rush a product out if it’s not ready.
“The thing that I’m going to put front and centre is safety and security of the team.
“There’s no decision I will make, or frankly, anybody at Microsoft could even ask me to make that would compromise the safety and security of the teams for a near-term either financial or product gain. The teams are the most important thing.”
Spencer went on to note that delayed launches in different territories hurt the launch of Xbox One, pointing out the nine-month wait for the release in Japan.
At the daily briefing from Downing Street, Michael Gove confirmed the UK was increasing the number of coronavirus tests as the Government continued to aim to complete 25,000 per day.
The number of coronavirus-related deaths in the UK has grown by 381 in the past 24 hours – the largest daily increase since the outbreak began.
The Department for Health has confirmed as of 5pm on Monday the number of people who have died from COVID-19 now stands at 1,789 – an increase from 1,408.
Sony is also planning to launch its PS5 console during holiday 2020 and has reiterated that they have no plans to delay its launch plans.