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Microsoft eyes impact of Xbox Series X software developed from home

Microsoft remains confident its Xbox Series X console will be ready for launch at the end of this year, but is keeping a close eye on its software side – its games and system services – many of which are now being developed remotely.

Supply chains for the hardware itself are starting to pick up as factories in China re-open, but as the coronavirus pandemic spreads, Microsoft’s teams working on the console’s firmware and launch game line-up are having to get used to working from home.

In a wide-ranging interview with IGN, Xbox boss Phil Spencer (speaking from his own home office) said these teams are being “stretched” as they work remotely – that their safety came first, and that he wouldn’t hold back the console if launch line-up star Halo: Infinite slipped.

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