With a continued wait for the Xbox One X Pre-Order pages to go live, rumours of a possible delay to the world’s most powerful home console have started to pop up over the last week.
Microsoft announced the new console at E3 2017 along with a £449 price and a release date set for November 7, 2017.
But eager gamers are still unable to pre-order the new Xbox, thankfully though, Xbox boss Phil Spencer has calmed fears taking to twitter to response to concerned fans to say:
“Still on track for November 7th. Feeling good about that date.”
The reason for the delay is because the console has yet to receive full backing from government bodies before it can be sold and in the case of the United States, the Xbox One X is awaiting FCC approval.
This was confirmed via the Microsoft website with a message that read: “This device has not been approved by the Federal Communications Commission. It is not for sale until FCC approval has been obtained.”
According to the Daily Express, a similar situation occurred with Sony’s PlayStation 4, which, having been announced in February, refused to let potential customers put money down until five months later in July.
More recently Spencer provided something of an update on the delayed pre-order situation while again responding to fans questions on Twitter, where he apologised and said:
“We know we have to get the pre-order rolling. No issues, just working through all the approvals.”
UK retailer GAME has posted an update on their website saying that Xbox One X Pre-Orders will be coming “soon” and many expect this to be within the next two months before Gamescom, especially with less than 4 months until release.
Despite concerns over pre-order delays, what’s good for Microsoft is that the price doesn’t appear to be putting off potential customers.
More recently Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra looked to dispel concerns over the price by revealing the true cost of the Xbox One X, suggesting that if it was a PC, it would cost closer to $1,500 rather than the $499 price tag.
Equally, Dave McCarthy, head of Xbox operations sat down with MCV and once again the topic of price came up, with McCarthy offering some interesting perspective on the machine.
“If you really place a premium on true 4K, the power and performance at that price, I can’t think of anything else in the market that comes close to it overall,” said when questioned on the clear leg up the X has over the PS4 Pro.
When asked just how much PC gaming informed the Xbox One X, McCarthy further added:
“The way we look at it, choice feels like the right principle right now.
“There are consumers that really want to balance price against capabilities. But there will always be customers in your segment of gamers that want the best of the best, and I think that up until now the PC space was really the only place they could go to get that.
“They now have the ability to get that in the console space.”