While it’s very obvious that trying to get yourself a PS5, Xbox Series X, or new graphics card in the gaming space is a tall order right now, given global supply shortages in the world, this is now spreading like a virus in other product categories as well. Namely, new Xbox controllers.
Microsoft has now publicly acknowledged that no, you’re not crazy, it really is nearly impossible to find new Xbox controllers in some parts of the world. Here is what they told VGC:
“We know it can be difficult to find Xbox Wireless Controllers at this time due to supply disruptions. We are working as quickly as possible with our manufacturing and retail partners to improve this. Please check the availability from your local retailer.
The shortages appear to be more heavily concentrated in Europe, where online chatter indicates players are struggling to find color variants in the UK, France, Germany and the Netherlands, in addition to Australia. .
The US, where Microsoft is based, isn’t seeing as many supply shortages, as the (often expensive) controllers still seem to be available at most major retailers, for now, but with hints in the early shortages in some places.
If it helps, know that you can use your old Xbox One controller with your Series X or S. It might not be widely known, but Microsoft has made sure they are compatible with the new system, so if you desperately need another one, this should be able to fill the void. There are probably fewer overall changes between the One controller and the Series X/S version, compared to Sony’s PS4 Dualshock and the new PS5 Dualsense, which is packed with a million additional haptic features. You can play PS4 games on a PS5 with a PS4 controller, but not PS5-only games, which require a Dualsense. I have yet to hear of any similar controller shortages with Sony at this point. Perhaps because even fewer people can get their hands on a PS5 in the first place to justify the need for additional controllers.
Both Microsoft and Sony have said they expect hardware shortages to continue through 2022 and 2023, but they should start to resolve next year at some point. Given the current state of things, it’s unclear if that will happen, and right now with controllers in the mix, it feels like some aspects of it are starting to escalate before some nothing improves.
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