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Xbox Series X release date just revealed by Microsoft [UPDATE]

Xbox Series X release date
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Update: Shortly after the Thanksgiving release date appeared on Xbox's website, Microsoft's Larry Hyrb confirmed that the listing was innacurate and that the launch window remains at "Holiday 2020."

In the shadow of a PS5 deep dive event was light on flashy news, we just got the Xbox Series X release date. And it came out quite quietly, as it was just added to Microsoft's own Xbox Series X page. 

That release date? Thanksgiving 2020. And if Microsoft is being specific, that means Thursday, November 26, on the eve of Black Friday 2020.

This release date was spotted and shared by the prolific gaming news tweeter Wario64:

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This is within the expected release window, previously announced as Holiday 2020. An end-of-November release gives holiday shoppers a bit of time to secure their own Xbox Series X before gifting goes into full swing.

However, it turns out that this Thanksgiving release date may not be accurate. Shortly after this discovery, Xbox's Larry Hyrb (aka Major Nelson) tweeted that the Xbox product page "innaccurately" listed the launch date for the new console.

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Now that we've learned a little more about the PS5's backwards compatibility, 3D audio and SSD expandability, we're all even more eager to learn when Sony's going to actually release that system — and what it looks like.

Microsoft recently took the wraps off of the Xbox Series X's full specs, which include a powerful 8-core AMD Zen 2 processor, a 12 teraflop AMD RDNA GPU and a custom 1TB SSD for loading games lightning-quick. We also got a better look at the Xbox Series X controller, which will gain a USB-C port on the back, a new D-pad that looks a lot like the Elite Xbox One controller and also a Share button for social posting (which even the PS4 had).

Henry T. Casey

Henry is a senior editor at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and all things Apple, reviewing devices and services for the past six-plus years. Prior to joining Tom's Guide, he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. He's also covered the wild world of professional wrestling for Cageside Seats, interviewing athletes and other industry veterans.