But faster than you can say "replay," Amazon.com cleared up the confusion, saying a computer glitch had mistakenly changed the shipping dates for people who preordered through Toysrus.com.
The gaming consoles--expected to be one of the season's hottest sellers--will be shipped Thursday, according to Patty Smith, a spokeswoman at Amazon.com. The e-tailer jointly operates the Toysrus.com Web site.
For hard-core game fans, the thought of waiting even a couple of extra days was enough to set off a small panic. People checking the status of their preordered Xboxes said that the shipping date, which was guaranteed to be Thursday, changed to as late as Saturday. --Greg Sandoval, Special to ZDNet News