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Getting an Xbox Series X is so difficult that they have had to use development kits in a ‘Halo Infinite’ tournament

That getting a next-generation console is complicated is no secret. The component shortage It has made a dent in the new generation and, from the statements of the companies, it does not seem that 2022 is going to be much better. So serious is the shortage that it seems that not even Microsoft itself has been able to get an Xbox Series X for the great tournament of ‘Halo Infinite’ that has taken place this weekend.

The event took place in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the idea was to play ‘Halo Infinite’ on Xbox Series X. It makes sense, since it is Microsoft’s most powerful console. But nevertheless, some players have been forced to play on a dev kit.

“The global supply chain shortage is real”

Throughout this weekend the HCS Kickoff Major Raleigh 2021, with ‘Halo Infinite‘as the protagonist. Among the teams competing for the first of $ 250,000 are OpTic, G2, eUnited and Cloud9 (the latter was the one that managed to win).

The tournament started on Friday and, shortly before kick-off, Tahir Hasandjekic, Halo Esports and Viewership Lead at Microsoft / 343 Industries, posted a tweet which read the following:

“Attention to open mode players: this weekend you will be playing in the Series X development kits. They are functionally identical and will work in” Retail “mode, so the experience is exactly the same, only they have a looks a little different. Why? The global supply chain shortage is real. “

A development kit or dev-kit is a set of tools that are given to developers so that they can create, in this case, games. The main difference between dev kits and final consoles is usually the design. This is not always the case, but in the case of the Xbox Series X it was: the development console was more like an Xbox One than an Xbox Series X.

Beyond curiosity, the truth is that players should not have experienced any difference in the performance of ‘Halo Infinite’. In any case, this event once again puts on the table how complicated it continues to be today, more than a year after its launch, get a new generation console.

As far as Xbox is concerned, Phil Spencer himself said that the console shortage would be with us through 2021 and part of next year. AMD, which makes CPUs and GPUs for consoles, was more pessimistic and dated the end of this issue in 2023, just like TSMC and NVIDIA did.

Via | Kotaku

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