So far, we’ve heard about a shortage of Xbox Series X consoles in stores, especially if you look around Microsoft. Now it’s not just a shortage of…
According to VGC there is a shortage of wireless Xbox controllers in Europe. Microsoft has admitted to the site that distributors’ stocks ran out during June, so there are not enough of them available. No controllers were found at any UK distributor (GAME, Smyths, Argos, Currys, not even the official Microsoft Store had them). Only Amazon in the UK had a black controller; for the same hardware, third-party retailers were asking nearly twice as much (minimum £94).
The ResetEra forum also discussed the controller shortage. Several countries have reported that there is nowhere to buy them, be it Australia, France, the Netherlands or Germany. Meanwhile, the Xbox Design Lab continues to take orders for custom-designed controllers, stating that we will have the product in our hands within twenty-eight days of our order. Still, they may have forgotten to update it, or, knowing the Redmond-based company, they may have hidden the real situation in the small print.
A Microsoft spokesperson told VGC, “We know it may be hard finding Xbox Wireless Controllers right now due to supply disruptions. We’re working as fast as possible with our manufacturing and retail partners to improve this. Please check with your local retailer for availability.” Meanwhile, the situation is slightly better in the US, as the Microsoft Store or Best Buy are still selling them. Still, VGC found only used controllers on Amazon or GameStop, for example, so gamers there may soon see a deteriorating situation.
So far, we haven’t heard much about a shortage of controllers because they are usually bought for consoles. But there are not enough of those either. OK, people can use it on a PC. Did so many people break the Xbox controller because of Elden Ring?