For Halo Infinite’s first Championship Series, Microsoft had to supply players with dev kits rather than retail Xbox Series X consoles.
You would think, even with the stock shortages, Microsoft would be able to get its hands on enough Xbox Series X consoles for a Halo Infinite tournament. You would be wrong.
It’s been revealed that for Halo Infinite’s first Championship Series tournament, which took place this past weekend, Microsoft and 343 Industries had to supply competitors with Xbox Series X development consoles, aka dev kits.
Thankfully, this didn’t seem to affect the tournament in any negative way and players were informed in advance by 343’s esports and viewership lead Tashi over Twitter.
He wrote: ‘Heads up open bracket players – you’ll be playing this weekend on Series X development consoles. They’re functionally identical and will be operating in ‘retail’ mode so it’s the exact same experience, they just look a little different. Why? Global supply chain shortage is real.’
This has not only also affected the PlayStation 5, but PCs and mobile phones. Even the Nintendo Switch has started to feel it, with Nintendo forced to miss its production targets by 20%.
Ironically, at the time of writing, the Xbox Series X has come back into stock on Amazon. Aside from just the console on its own, Amazon is also selling bundles with Far Cry 6 and Back 4 Blood.
You best act quick if you want one yourself or as a Christmas present to a friend/family member.
The Xbox Series S is available too, but that hasn’t been as scarce as its more powerful and chunkier sibling. It being less powerful was possibly why Microsoft and 343 didn’t just use the Series S console for the tournament instead.
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