Halo Infinite‘s first big in-person professional tournament, the HCS Kickoff Major Raleigh 2021, is underway now, and some competitors are using “development” consoles due to the ongoing semiconductor shortages.
343’s eSports lead, Tashi, revealed this recently on Twitter. Players in the open bracket will play on Series X development units, which are “functionally identical” and will run in “retail” mode. As such, players on those machines can expect the “exact same experience,” even if the consoles themselves look different.
This is only happening because of the ongoing shortages. “Global supply chain shortage is real,” Tashi said.
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