Xbox timeline and personal thoughts

Xbox Series X|S launch

The Xbox Series S and the Xbox Series X are launching today. A next-gen console launch unlike any other, the consoles will not be available to purchase in shops in many countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Putting on hold the Xbox All Access credit program.

It's also, more than ever, a cross-gen transition: the console is fully backward compatible and offers almost no exclusive games or features compared to the previous Xbox generation.

A good comparison of the two consoles on xbox.com.

Some events accompanying the launch:

  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon launches today on Xbox, it’s kind of a timed exclusive game as the PS5 version will wait for March 2021, but the PS4 version was released in January 2020 (but only in Japan).

  • Tetris Effect Connected, the enchanced version of the 2018 game is launching today on Xbox One and Xbox Series and Windows 10 (day one on Game Pass). It’ll be available to other consoles as a free update in 2021.

  • Bright Memory 1.0 is the only Xbox Series exclusive game (also PC), but it’s just a prologue for the upcoming Bright Memory Infinite :S

  • EA Play joins the Xbox Game Pass: 90 games, including STAR WARS Jedi: Fallen Order.
    The mobile app shows 3 game trials (up to 10 hours): Star Wars: Squadrons, Madden NFL 21 and FIFA 21, but impossible to install them on my Xbox One.

  • Destiny 2: Beyond Light launches day one on the Game Pass.