In the shadier corners of the video game related parts of the internet rumors often surface that have little to no relation to reality. It seems that one of these was circulating recently, with many videos and articles popping up saying that the Xbox One X had been delayed past its announced November 7th release date. Thankfully these rumors are false, according to Xbox head Phil Spencer.
“Still on track for November 7th. Feeling good about that date,” the executive tweeted in response to fans asking about the supposed delay. Of course, this isn’t too shocking, as console launch dates don’t get delayed very often, but it’s still good to hear for those who might have been worried by the recent rumors.
Video games are no stranger to delays, we had a particularly hurtful one get announced this very morning, in fact. But consoles themselves are usually locked into their launch date for a number of reasons. Manufacturing a console is way more expensive and time consuming than printing game discs. Likewise, the amount of coordination around a console launch is huge, with retailers all gearing up for the proposed date.
To delay something like that would be a disaster. Hell, moving the date up is also a disaster sometimes, as seen with the Sega Saturn. So the Xbox One X’s release date of November 7th had a lot of thought and planning put into it before it was even announced. It would take a huge, surprising development for it to get delayed.