Xbox Series X reveal event is first of monthly series says Microsoft

Microsoft’s big reveal event for the Xbox Series X is just a few days away now and it’s promising some major third party announcements.

This week’s Xbox Series X preview event will be just the first in a monthly series of ‘Xbox 20/20’ showcases, as Microsoft moves things up a gear in terms of hype for the next generation of consoles.

The next episode of Inside Xbox will be on Thursday, 7 May at 4pm BST and will feature next gen gameplay footage from a number of new and ‘optimised’ third party games.

There won’t be any first party games though, so no Halo Infinite, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2, or the rumoured new Fable game.

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According to a new blog by marketing exec Jerret West there’ll be a ‘first look at next gen gameplay, trailers and sneak peeks from a wide variety of publishing partners and independent developers across the globe and industry’.

The only one he mentions by name is the recently announced Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, which Ubisoft unveiled last week but didn’t show any gameplay footage for.

The term optimised refers to games that are being boosted to look even better on the Xbox Series X, including 4K resolution, up to 120 frames per second gameplay, and ray-tracing. So a number of the games will probably be titles that are already released but will be enhanced on the new console.

Also featured will be the new Smart Delivery feature, which means that if you buy the Xbox One version of a game you automatically get the Xbox Series X version for free.

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Microsoft has also insisted that their goal remains to launch both the Xbox Series X console and Halo Infinite this Christmas and that all 15 of their first party development studios are currently ‘hard at work’ on next generation games.

First party games won’t be revealed until July though, so it’s unclear what June’s showcase will be about – perhaps hardware.

With Microsoft also keen to emphasise future expansions for Xbox Game Pass and streaming service Project xCloud it’s clear the company is planning to make a major impact with the Xbox Series X, after spending the current generation in Sony’s shadow.

A showcase event every month is certainly something to get excited about, especially as this week’s event will finally reveal secrets about third party publishers’ next gen plans and, hopefully, showcase some proper next gen gameplay footage.

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