Xbox controllers succumb to supply chain shortages

The gaming industry is no stranger to the global supply chain shortage that has plagued since the middle of 2020. Graphics cards, SSDs, consoles, and now even Xbox controllers have been plagued by shortages. Microsoft recently confirmed the latter (cheers, IGN), stating that customers around the world will be hard pressed to find a new Xbox controller for some time.

Microsoft confirmed the Xbox controller shortage in a statement to VGC. The company acknowledged that it’s “hard to find Xbox Wireless Controllers right now due to supply disruptions.” In the meantime, he’s trying to pacify consumers by saying he’s “working as quickly as possible with our manufacturing and retail partners to make this better.”

Depending on where exactly you are in the world, you may or may not find gold. For example, at the time of this writing, the official Xbox Amazon US storefront has listings that controllers won’t ship until July 10, July 20, or July 30, depending on the color. Another official listing that includes a USB-C cable oddly has a shipping date earlier than June 30.

Frozen buttons and sticks

These dates could very well be just placeholders and of course they will change depending on availability. For people who need a controller a little faster, used options are always available for delivery within a few days. But that will likely change quickly depending on how the stock continues to flow.

Of course, there is still the alternative of buying a reputable third-party controller. Options like PDP, SCUF, and PowerA exist if you don’t mind going unofficial. These are currently much more readily available. But, of course, nothing beats the authentic originals yet.

At least PC users don’t need to stick to just one type of controller. While Xbox controllers are the most compatible, there has been growing native compatibility for other controllers such as the PlayStation 5’s DualSense and even the Nintendo Switch Pro controller. These sit among the classics like the Xbox 360 controller, which can still switch easily with most modern games.