Microsoft Begins Xbox Production
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Microsoft Corp. Friday confirmed that it has begun manufacturing its new Xbox game console in Guadalajara, Mexico, and said definitively that it will launch the new platform in North America on Nov. 15.
"Put a great big 'X' on Nov. 15," said Robbie Bach, chief Xbox officer at Microsoft. "Xbox is the one worth waiting for. It's the only video game system being manufactured in North America. This is significant because it assures retailers that we can keep filling the retail channel with new Xbox units week after week."
The company said it will ship between 1 million and 1.5 million consoles to North American retailers during the holiday season, and will replenish the channel with more than 100,000 units per week.
Microsoft also said it will launch the console with 15 to 20 games and finish the holiday season with more than 30 titles under its belt, including games from developers like Sega, Electronic Arts, THQ, Tecmo, Infogrames, Activision, Konami, Eidos, LucasArts and Midway. Titles will include "Halo," "Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee," NFL Fever 2002," and a number of others, including games from Microsoft's in-house studios.