IGN reported that Microsoft needed to resort to using some Xbox Series X dev kits for the Halo Infinite Halo Championship Series tournament, showing that even the company that makes the console has trouble getting its hands on it due to the ongoing chip shortage.
In a tweet made by Halo esports and viewership lead at 343 Industries Tahir Hasandjekic, he said that the open bracket players would be playing with Xbox Series X dev kits, citing the chip shortage as he did.
Development kits are what they say on the tin: They’re the locked consoles that developers use to make games for release on retail units. Still, they have the same guts in them as the retail units, so while this is a fine solution for the Halo Championship Series, it underlines how serious the supply chain shortage is. And Microsoft isn’t the only company dealing with less consoles available on shelves.