Microsoft has confirmed that it is currently experiencing a shortage of supply and demand for its line of Xbox controllers. The kings of the black-and-green brand spoke about its hardware issues in a recent statement to game outlet VGC, which had noticed a lack of stock online and on the high street.
“We know it can be difficult to find Xbox Wireless Controllers right now due to supply disruptions,” a Microsoft spokesperson told VGC. “We are working as quickly as possible with our manufacturing and retail partners to improve this. Please check availability with your local retailer.
Shortages appear to be most apparent in the UK and Europe, although North American territories are likely to follow if Microsoft is unable to ramp up production. According to ResetEra users, stores in Australia and the Netherlands are also struggling to keep their cupboards plentiful. Standard controllers and Xbox “Design Lab” custom models are affected.
Hardware and accessory shortages have continued to plague the industry since the COVID-19 pandemic affected production and distribution cycles around the world. From consoles to graphics cards to controllers, publishers are struggling to produce their wares with the speed and consistency of previous generations. This is a problem that is expected to continue until at least 2023.
Microsoft has confirmed an Xbox controller shortage [VGC]