Microsoft thinks that it’s the best scenario, too – we might not find many Xbox Series consoles laying around in stores for the next few months.
Tim Stuart, the chief financial officer of Xbox, participated in the recent Jefferies Interactive Entertainment conference, where he not only talked about how Bethesda‘s games have to be the best on Xbox (in comparison to PlayStation) if they won’t be exclusives, but he also addressed the lack of stock of the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S.
„I think we’ll continue to see supply shortages as we head into the post-holiday quarter, so Microsoft’s Q3 (January 1 to March 31, 2021). And then when we get to Q4 (April 1 to June 30) all of our supply chain continuing to go full speed heading into kind of the pre-summer months. And that’s where I start to — I expect to see a little bit of the demand — the supply profile, meeting the demand profile. You’ll be outside of a holiday window. We’ll have supply cranking over the next, what, 4, 5, 6 months.
And that’s when I expect to see really that demand profile start to be met, which will be great. And really, what that’s going to do is, once we get into that world of a great high end, call it, a great high-powered console, plus that lower-end SKU for value, I think we’re going to start to see some real velocity kick up, which I’m excited to see,” Stuart said.
So the Xbox Series consoles will not be that easy to find, especially now. Thanksgiving and the pre-Christmas rush is always a key part for the gaming industry (which is why all the new consoles launched recently). Finding a new Xbox might be easily possible in a couple of months, though.
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