After concerns about Xbox controller shortages in certain territories, Microsoft has confirmed that the accessory is indeed facing supply shortages.
Current-gen consoles have been in short supply since the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S hit store shelves in November 2020.
The impact of the global pandemic on semiconductor demand triggered the hardware woes, which have eased in some respects but show no clear signs of ending.
Regarding the gaming industry, these particular setbacks have primarily impacted the production of home and handheld consoles. However, Xbox users in regions like the UK, Australia, and Germany have recently found it difficult to get their hands on new controllers.
The Xbox controller shortage is affecting several areas
In response to a query from VGC, a Microsoft spokesperson admitted that customers are having a hard time finding Xbox wireless controllers.
The Microsoft representative explained the following: “We know that Xbox Wireless Controllers can be difficult to find at this time due to supply disruptions. We are working with our manufacturing and retail partners to improve this as soon as possible. Please check with your local dealer for availability.”
Currently, European customers looking to purchase a new Xbox controller from Argos, Currys, GAME and the Microsoft Store continue to face stock shortages.
Even listings on Amazon UK don’t do much good.
Some retailers in the United States seem to have a better handle on the supply of the coveted accessory. For example, Best Buy stocks the standard Xbox controller and several color variants.
GameStop’s range now consists mainly of used controllers and selected colors of the unopened variety. At the time of writing, there’s no word on how long Xbox controller memory will last.
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