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Sony’s PlayStation 5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X are both coming this “holiday season,” but a more specific release date for either console is still a mystery. That mystery could be solved later this month if a new report from Kinda Funny Games‘ Imran Khan can be believed. On the latest Kinda Funny Gamecast, the former Game Informer editor said both consoles will be the centerpieces of events in August.

In these events, both devices will not only finally get official release dates, but also their prices, Comic Book‘s Tyler Fischer wrote on Saturday.

In addition to when the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are going to arrive on store shelves, Khan said pre-orders are going to go live later this month. The analyst said he’s heard there are going to be special events from both Sony and Microsoft and that’s when the rest of the information will be made public.

Interestingly enough, the Xbox Series X already has a showcase scheduled for later this month. Insiders originally thought the company was going to just be debuting a less powerful version of their next-generation consoles, the Series S. Now it appears the event might be offering quite a bit more information.

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Fischer said there are also rumors the PS5 is set for its own special showcase. The PS5 show does not have any confirmation from Sony but analysts have said it’s planned for the first two weeks of August. Now that we’re officially in the rumored reveal period, insiders believe fans are going to find out more in the next few days.

With the Xbox Series X and the PS5 already getting a couple of showcases earlier this summer, Khan said there wasn’t a whole lot else either device had to show off, other than when they are finally going to be arriving in homes this winter.

Previously, insiders expected both to get a release right around Black Friday. Much of that speculation was based on when the previous Xbox and PlayStation arrived. Microsoft’s current box released on November 22, 2013, and PS4 launched a week earlier.

When the Xbox Series X does finally get a date, it could shed some light on when a swatch of games are coming as well. The device is said to have several titles that will hit stores on or around the same date. Because the public doesn’t know when they can get their hands on the next-gen machines, it also doesn’t know when it can play some of the more anticipated titles of 2020.

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US Passenger Train Company Drops Virgin as Partner

By TERRY SPENCER, Associated Press

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The partnership between Richard Branson's Virgin Group and the private Florida passenger train service Brightline has ended with a whimper, less than two years after it was celebrated with Branson's typical pizzazz.

Brightline announced in a monthly report that it has ended its affiliation with the Virgin Group and will halt its rebranding to Virgin Trains USA.

"Virgin no longer has any affiliation with us, our parents or its affiliate,“ Brightline said in the report released Friday that does not go into details about what led to the split. The report says Virgin may have objections to the plan.

Brightline declined comment Monday. Virgin did not respond to an email seeking comment.

Virgin has had several recent setbacks. Its Virgin Atlantic airline filed for bankruptcy in the U.S. last week after announcing a restructuring plan in the United Kingdom last month. It resumed flights last month after a three-month closure because of the coronavirus pandemic. It ended its Virgin Trains UK service in December after a 22-year run.

Because of the pandemic, Brightline suspended operations in March on its higher-speed service between Miami and West Palm Beach, but has continued laying track for its planned expansion to Orlando and its theme parks set for 2022. It is also working on a line that will connect Southern California and Las Vegas. It has no date set for resuming operations.

The companies had announced the partnership nearly two years ago and celebrated it with a rollout party in April 2019. Branson received a rock star's welcome at Brightline's new Miami station, which was soon rebranded with the Virgin name. He then rode with reporters and VIPs to West Palm Beach, the 70-mile trip taking just over an hour, where passengers swarmed him for selfies.

For Brightline, the first private passenger train service in the U.S. to launch in a century, the partnership was seen as a way to grab an internationally recognizable name plus a small, undisclosed investment. But that money never came, Forbes reported in June.

For Virgin, the partnership would give it a toehold in the U.S. passenger train market as it sought to expand its American holdings with a cruise line and hotels. Branson said Virgin would “sprinkle some of its magic dust” on Brightline and help it deliver an experience with some panache.

Brightline has been plagued with safety issues. An Associated Press investigation last December showed its trains killed more pedestrians and car drivers per mile than any railroad in the country — its 45 deaths when operations were suspended translates to one death every 31,000 miles. Most of the deaths have been suicides, while the rest were drivers and pedestrians trying to beat the train.

None of the fatalities have been deemed the fault of its engineers or trains. It has announced several initiatives aimed at reducing the fatalities, including adding more barriers along the tracks.

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