Microsoft used Xbox Series X Dev Kits for its Halo Infinite Tournament due to persistent chip shortage

In another example of how bad the ongoing global chip shortage is, Microsoft couldn’t even get enough Xbox Series X consoles for Halo Infinite’s first Halo Championship Series tournament and had to use a mix of retail and development consoles instead.

Tahir Hasandjekic, the Halo esports and viewership leader at Microsoft/343 Industries, shared the news Twitter, say open bracket players would play on Xbox Series X development consoles. Fortunately, these players or fans need not worry, as they are “functionally identical” to the retail Xbox Series X hardware.

“Watch open bracket players – you’ll be playing on Series X development consoles this weekend,” Hasandjekic said. “They are functionally identical and will run in ‘retail’ mode, so it’s the exact same experience, they just look a little different. Why? There is a global supply chain shortage.”

Yes, even Microsoft can’t find enough consoles for the first major tournament for Halo Infinite.

For those who don’t know, dev kits are the systems used by game developers to create the games we know and love. They are generally not available to the public and it is rare to ever see one at an official tournament.

This chip shortage affects many outside of Microsoft, as it has caused Nintendo to cut Switch production by 20% and Sony has reportedly cut production of its PS5 consoles by a million. A recent report said this gaming shortage will “remain very tight” until at least September 2022.

The first Halo Infinite Halo Championship Series tournament will run from December 17-19 and features 272 teams competing for a prize pool of $250,000 + Crowdfunding.

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