The Xbox Series X production is well underway as Microsft confirmed today that they are preparing themselves for a big launch and any possible COVID-19 impacts.
Speaking to xboxygen, Xbox Director of France, Ina Gelbert confirmed the news that Xbox Series X production has started, and named France as one of their top priority territories.
Forgive the translation if it reads odd as it was via Google translate.
Ah yes. It’s a lot of work to launch consoles like that, given the number of components etc. The lines to set up in factories … There is a lot of work.
The choice we made on this launch is really to be present in more countries than at the launch of the Xbox One. Today I see no risk for France, in any case. But if tomorrow, a few days before the launch, there is a huge containment in the world … that we can not do much.
In any case in our plan today, we have the units for the launch. France is in the priority countries. Now, will we have enough … This is always a big question, and this is where we enter into discussions for us, and it is my role, to favor France over to other countries. Show that we have the community, that we have the market, that there are huge expectations around the Xbox Series X in France and that we need units to cover this demand.
From the sound of it, it sounds like Microsoft may be taking an Xbox One approach in its launch and targeting specific markets first before launching in others. This may mostly be due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which is reasonable. We expect there to be some sort of limited launch for both next-gen consoles, but in the least Microsoft is now preparing themselves for possible issues by staying ahead.
The Xbox Series X is set to release this Holiday season, though with no specific date just yet.