In another example of how bad the global chip shortage is getting, Microsoft couldn’t even secure enough Xbox Series X consoles for the first Halo Championship Series tournament in Halo Infinite Y, instead you had to use a mix of retail consoles and dev kits for studies.
Tahir Hasandjekic, eSports Leader and Halo Audience at Microsoft / 343 Industries, shared the news and Twitter and said that gamers should use Xbox Series X development consoles. Fortunately, there is no need for these players or fans to worry as they are “functionally identical” to Xbox Series X retail hardware.
So and as Hasandjekic himself commented, these consoles “are functionally identical and will operate in ‘retail’ mode, so it’s exactly the same experience, just they look a little different. Why? The global supply chain shortage is real. “.
Indeed, not even Microsoft itself can find enough consoles for the first big Halo Infinite tournament.
For those of you who don’t know, dev kits are the systems that game developers use when creating the games that we know and love. They are generally not available to the public and it is rare to see one in an official tournament.
This shortage of chips is affecting many beyond Microsoft, as Nintendo cut its Switch production by 20% due to this and reportedly Sony reduced production of its PS5 consoles by a million. A recent report said that this shortage affecting the industry will continue to be present. until at least September 2022.
On the other hand, we remind you that the first Halo Infinite tournament, Halo Championship Series, It will take place from December 17 to 19, 2021. This will have 272 teams that will compete for an accumulated prize of approximately $ 250,000 plus the proceeds from crowdfunding.