Microsoft asserts that the reason the Xbox One has been delayed in many European countries is not because of production issues, chip yield problems or any other technical blips. They insist it’s got to do with localisation – but a Chinese newspaper claims something contrary.
According to the Chinese (Digitimes, citing Chinese newspaper Economic Daily News), Microsoft has been forced to cut its production forecasts – and not because of the console’s oversized, ESRam-filled chip either.
According to the newspaper, it’s Kinect’s fault. That and the Blu-ray drive that’ll be housed in the console.
They say that there are currently “poor yield rates of the device’s camera module, optical disc drive (ODD) and related assembly”
"This is the part of the internet that’s frustrating, because everybody wants to assume there’s a [units volume] issue,” Xbox’s Albert Penello said at Gamescom “And yet I’m showing real hardware here at Gamescom – a real, final, retail kit. Which I have yet to see my friends show me.
"People assume there’s a volume issue which in fact there isn’t. You’re actually seeing pre-orders pop back up now because we’re able allocate the countries’ volumes back in. It’s there, the problem is localisation. And once people see the system and how integral it is, it’s not just text integration."
Either way – it doesn’t affect us one bit here in South Africa…mostly because we still have no idea when the thing will be launching here.
Last Updated: August 28, 2013