January 20, 2022

Microsoft ran out of Xboxes at a Halo event, used dev kits as a substitute

Slicing corners: It has been over a 12 months since launch, and you continue to can’t purchase a brand new Xbox at an inexpensive value for Christmas. And neither can Microsoft. On the first Halo event of the season, the corporate ran out of Xboxes and offered gamers within the open bracket with dev kits.

You may assume that being the precise maker would assist Microsoft discover sufficient Xbox consoles, however apparently not. Not less than they’re not hoarding them!

A brand new season of the Halo Championship Collection kicked off on Friday and is continuous into the weekend (you may watch the streams right here). As of writing, there are 4 groups nonetheless competing for first place out of the 32 that entered the event.

By now, the gamers will every have a real Xbox Collection X. However at the start of the event a few of the gamers had been utilizing Xbox dev kits of their “retail mode,” in response to Halo’s esports lead, Tahir Hasandjekic, also referred to as Tashi…

If hypothetically, Microsoft had introduced an Xbox Collection X for every of the 128 gamers within the event’s open bracket at their present value on eBay, they might’ve needed to spend about $120,000; virtually half of the event’s $250,000 prize pool.

However, in actuality, Microsoft doesn’t should pay that a lot. 100 consoles isn’t rather a lot to them, and their failure to amass them in time is healthier defined by poor planning. That stated, utilizing dev kits isn’t a giant deal, and aside from a couple of technical points that had been (so far as we all know) unrelated to the consoles, the event has been a enjoyable one.

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