In somewhat of a surprise announcement, Microsoft announced Friday that the Xbox's release date had been pushed back, from November 8 to November 15.
Rumor had it that if Microsoft would have kept their initial release date of November 8, they would have only been able to launch with around 300,000 units available on day one. This one week setback assures that there will be more.
"Put a great big 'X' on Nov. 15," said Robbie Bach, chief Xbox officer at Microsoft. "Xbox is the one 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."
"Having the right infrastructure in place will allow Microsoft to build gamer excitement with available product on the shelves, from launch, through the holidays and beyond," said Peter Moore, president and COO of Sega of America. "Microsoft has recognized that the road to success is more of a marathon than a sprint."
Although Microsoft had assured people there would be no delay, I guess that this was inevitable. We'll keep you updated.