Microsoft announced Friday that it will delay the launch of its Xbox video-game system from November 8 until November 15. Although the company didn't give a reason for the delay, rumors abound that the company is having production difficulties; problems in the motherboard and graphics chipsets are the primary suspects. However, Microsoft says that production of the Xbox has begun in a plant in Guadalajara, Mexico, and that it still expects to ship between 1 million and 1.5 million units by the end of the holiday season.
"Put a great big 'X' on November 15," says Robbie Bach, Microsoft's chief Xbox officer. "Xbox is the \[video-game system\] worth waiting for. It's the only video-game system being manufactured in North America. This is significant because it assures retailers that we can keep filling the retail channel with new Xbox units week after week." Bach says that Microsoft can produce 100,000 new units every week.
The company also confirmed that 15 to 20 new Xbox games will be available on the day of the product launch, with more than 30 titles shipping by the end of the holiday season. Leading game companies such as Activision, Eidos, Electronic Arts, Infrogames, Konami, LucasArts, Midway, Tecmo, and TH have committed to creating Xbox titles, and Microsoft will chime in with a few of its own, including Halo, NFL Fever 2002, and Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee.
Xbox will cost $299.