Microsoft hits its first big Xbox snag

Microsoft is doing a good impersonation of Sony when it comes to the business of games consoles at the moment, with news that the Xbox has hit its first release delay.

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By  Robin Duff Published  August 26, 2001

Microsoft is doing a good impersonation of Sony when it comes to the business of games consoles at the moment, with news that the software giant’s has pushed back the Japanese release date of the Xbox.

Microsoft executives have been frequently quoted as saying that the console would be released this year in the US and Japan, with the European (and, most likely, Middle East) version arriving in 2002. It now looks more likely that the US and Japanese launches will happen in 2002.

Microsoft’s $10billion plunge into the game console business is hitting numerous snags— including delays in production, complaints from consumers about retailers’ plans to pre-sell the Xbox as part of bundles that cost as much as $1200, and a line-up of games that has failed to impress hardcore gamers.

The good news for the company is that it isn’t the only company to be suffering from games console problems: Nintendo has also delayed the launch date of its much-hyped Gamecube by two weeks. The reason behind the move is apparently in order to allow for the production of 25% more units.

“It really doesn’t matter because kids will still be screaming for the Gamecube 14 days later,” said Gartner analyst P.J. McNealy. “But, for Microsoft, the late Japanese laucnch will definitely take some wind out of their sales.”

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