Xbox Series X

A new generation of gaming is knocking on our door. Microsoft has unleashed the most powerful gaming console ever created, the Xbox Series X. Officially revealed in December of 2019, Microsoft slowly started to pull the curtain back on the next-gen console’s hardware, software and services.

From detailed hardware specs to a first look at next-gen games, there is a lot to be excited about. Sometimes keeping track of all the news can be difficult and daunting. To make things easier, we have created a one stop shop for all the latest and greatest news on Xbox Series X.

Halo Infinite release date and Xbox announcements from gamescom 2021

The wait to play Halo Infinite is almost over! This week at gamescom 2021, Xbox announced that Halo Infinite is launching December 8, 2021. It will be available on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC. In addition, two limited edition pieces of hardware to celebrate Halo’s 20th anniversary were announced. The Halo Infinite Limited Edition Xbox Series X Bundle and the Halo Infinite Limited Edition Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 will both launch on November 15, 2021. Click here for more details on Halo Infinite and the limited edition hardware.

In addition, Xbox showcased new footage and details on Forza 5 and showcased both of Forza Horizon 5’s cover cars. In other big Xbox news from gamescom 2021, Xbox Cloud Gaming is coming to Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S consoles this holiday. And a new Microsoft Flight Simulator update was announced. Click here to read about these and other exciting Xbox gamescom 2021 announcements.

Summer Blockbusters on Xbox Series X

The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S will make your summer sizzle with some of the hottest video game experiences. From cutting-edge interactive experiences to an extensive multi-generational back catalog, the Xbox platform has a massive library of games to jump into.

During Xbox & Bethesda’s Games Showcase the strong momentum the platform has established continued with more exciting announcements. Microsoft delivered some big surprises with a slew of upcoming titles. Let’s look at some of the highlights from the past few months that will lead us into the busy Fall season.

Blockbusters on Xbox Game Pass and beyond

During this year’s E3 presentation more titles were added to the already impressive Game Pass catalog. Even classic titles like Grounded, Fallout 76 and Sea of Thieves received new content and whole new adventures with free DLC. In addition to this, big indie games like The Ascent, Hades and Twelve Minutes will be joining the fold by the end of August.

A packed release schedule

Microsoft doubled down on its commitment to the service promising a major 1st party game launching for every month remaining in 2021. Microsoft Flight Simulator takes flight in July, Psychonauts 2 arrives August 25th, Age of Empires IV on October 28th, Forza Horizon 5 in November and the blockbuster in Halo Infinite coming for “holiday 2021.”

Day One on Xbox Game Pass

Recently released 1st party titles like Microsoft Flight Simulator arrive day and date with their retail counterparts. Psychonauts 2, Forza Horizon 5 and Halo Infinite will arrive day and date with their retail launch. Even big third-party titles like MLB: The Show 21 are currently on Game Pass delivered on the same day as their retail debuts.

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Psychonauts 2 arrives August 27th

One of the most interesting and unique games in Xbox’s summer lineup is Psychonauts 2. The follow-up to the original game is a mind-bending platformer. It gives players powerful psychic abilities and delves into the minds of others.

You play as Raz who is working his way up from a Psychonauts intern to a Junior Psychonaut. In the game you are able to upgrade your psychic powers in a variety of ways including PSI challenge cards. Best Buy Blog’s own Jon Scarr had a chance to go hands-on with a preview of the game and chat with director Tim Schafer.

Hot Xbox accessories

Xbox Series XXbox Wireless Controller

The arrival of the Xbox Series of consoles has also brought with it newly designed controllers. The new remotes refine the old design with enhanced ergonomics, a new hybrid D-pad, and textured grip. They also sport a new “Share button” which lets you easily capture and share screenshots, recordings and more. When it comes to multiplayer gaming you could always use an extra remote! Express your personal style with a host of colours including Robot White, Shock Blue, Carbon Black and Pulse Red.

Xbox Storage Expansion CardXbox Series X

The Xbox platform has a ton to play, from the rapidly growing Game Pass library to hot new releases you’re going to need more space. Enter the Seagate 1TB Storage Expansion Card for Xbox Series X and Series S with easy plug and play compatibility. The Expansion Card is the only hardware currently on the market that works with the “Xbox Velocity Architecture.” The hardware provides lightning-fast load times that are required with the Xbox Series line of consoles and next-gen games.

Xbox Series XXbox Wireless Headset

Designed with gamers in mind the Xbox Wireless Headset dials up your immersion with high quality audio. The headset is compatible with Windows Sonic, Dolby Atmos, and DTS Headphone:X sound technologies for multi-dimensional sound. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery offers up to 15 hours of runtime to keep you gaming even longer. Purchase the Xbox Wireless Headset here or check out Best Buy’s full range of gaming console headsets.

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37 COMMENTS

  1. Since my last comment I have been able to score an order for a Series X. I’m really excited for the games launching later this year! Microsoft has so much on the horizon that I’ll need an infinite amount of time to get through all the games. 😉

    Plus that new limited edition Series X looks so cool, I’m tempted to cancel my current order and get that one instead!
    https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/xbox-series-x-1tb-halo-infinite-limited-edition-bundle/15679404

  2. I’ve reached the point where I am ready to start looking for a Series X. I look forward to being able to play the games that take advantage of it. Thanks for the article, there is so much to be excited for!

  3. I would love to have it but I am waiting for the next-gen upgrade for cyberpunk 2077 to come before I am getting my hands on it. There are some great games available to play but I have decided to wait to wait for the cyberpunk 2077 next-gen upgrade to release before I get my xbox series x. Hopefully there will be great deals available at that time too.

  4. Hi Jon, have Best Buy confirmed logistics around launch day? More specifically, are pre orders shipping to clients and arriving on launch day or are they to be collected in store on the 10th of Nov? Thanks for keeping us up to date!

  5. If the reason that we have to buy series s or x is for Halo Infinite and apparently that has again been delayed (it was supposed to be released holiday 2020-between October and December) then why would we pay all that money for a console we dont really need yet…why not wait until Halo Infinite is released and the price of the console comes down? This is stupid.

      • sorry xbox games go down price fast and why pay for get game pass for month at $20 you have the game the mp is free any way Just sp if its like geaars game on hardest setting beat it in 2.5 hrs short so Just wait day release get pass month beat sp thats it the mp you get free

  6. Sadly only E B will be offering the finance options. That boggles my mind as that place is on their last breath. Surprised that Best Buy Canada was not the preferred retailer for the finance options.

  7. I’ll be getting a Series X on launch, but I’m glad they are releasing an option for TVs that don’t have 4K support. That way you aren’t paying for features you will not be using. With all the games available through Game Pass this holiday season is gonna be fun!

    • agree i wish they explained this better before pre order even gamers i know that had no clue they thought is was like ps5 same console Just pure digital no disk drive but same guts , so friend pre ordered it he was mad and cancelled it after realized it was not a digital only version but non 4k version . x box name alone is very bad look up how many people ordered a x box x thinking they got series x the great example is sales of x box x on pre order day went up 400% imagine all cancellations and returns but worse its sad kids or adults so happy got one to find out because x box named the systems near identical

  8. Thought I should throw out a new comment since the article has now been updated with the pricing and release dates.

    The Xbox Series S sounds like a great entry point for those who don’t necessarily need the most powerful system, but I don’t think it will work for those who want to upgrade from their current Xbox One systems. The lack of an optical drive is really a non-starter for me since I would lose the ability to play all of my physical discs if I also get rid of my Xbox One, and my Xbox is also my bluray/dvd player.

    The pricing for the Xbox Series X is actually quite appealing. The $499.99 USD price would actually convert to over $650 CAD, so pricing the system at $599.99 CAD actually makes the system cheaper in Canada than it is in the US. It is still somewhat out of my budget at the moment, but I now have a target to aim for in saving for the new system.

    November 10th is coming quickly, and you better get a jump on your pre-order as soon as they go live if you want to get your console at launch!

    Enjoy gaming everyone!

    • 100%! Well said Ian, I like to utilize my xBox as a bit of a media center as well as gaming system. Not sure how many others there are with this idea/intent.

  9. Good to see cheaper options being offered from the start. I bet the XBox Series S will sell out almost immediately and be one of the most sought after gifts this. I wonder what Sony will do in response. Begun the Console Wars have.

  10. I have always gone with Xbox because of the Halo franchise, and Halo Infinite looks like it will be fun to play when it comes out.

    When it comes to power, honestly I couldn’t care less. I don’t care how powerful a system is, or how realistic the graphics can be. Usually I prefer cartoon-y graphics over realistic ones anyway, but I understand that power is important to a lot of people.

    Just like PS5 the Xbox Series X will have a lot of great games for fans to enjoy.

    Thanks for the info Jon, I’ll be keeping an eye out for more Xbox Series X news as we get closer to launch!

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