Microsoft Delays XBox Launch, No Comment on Units

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp. said on Friday that it would delay the launch of its XBox video game console by one week to Nov. 15 but declined to say whether the number of units available at launch would meet the company's initial target or fall short, as many now believe inevitable.

The decision to delay the much-anticipated launch of the next-generation game platform was taken in the past week after a review of the company's preparations, said Robbie Bach, chief XBox officer for Microsoft. Microsoft still plans to ship between 1 million and 1.5 million units to retailers by the end of the calendar year, Bach said.

When asked if Microsoft was sticking by its initial projection of making 600,000 to 800,000 available units at launch, or lowering it, as many in the industry now believe, Bach would not provide a figure, saying "we've just moved on to not focusing on the day-one number."

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