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Microsoft has not too long ago confirmed that offer disruptions have certainly precipitated some extreme shortages on the most recent Xbox controllers – spanning quite a few nations throughout the globe. The Xbox controller scarcity appears to be restricted to wi-fi controllers proper now, nevertheless, different Xbox peripherals may fall sufferer to the identical manufacturing points if an answer isn’t discovered.
A Microsoft spokesperson advised VGC in a statement, “We all know it might be arduous discovering Xbox Wi-fi Controllers proper now as a consequence of provide disruptions… We’re working as quick as potential with our manufacturing and retail companions to enhance this. Please examine along with your native retailer for availability.”
On the time of penning this, there isn’t a indicators of when this scarcity may finish – and sadly, it may very well be the beginning of one other wave of scalpers prying on the needy.
Microsoft has confirmed Xbox controller shortages
Most of the UK’s greatest retailers are flat out of the wi-fi controllers on the time of penning this, nevertheless, Microsoft nonetheless vows to uphold its 28day arrival coverage. The Xbox Design Lab remains to be taking orders from players who wish to create their very own customized controllers, even with the shortages we’re seeing. Right here’s what the Design Labs web site posted: “We intention to have the controller in your palms inside 28 days of putting your order.”
Amazon UK does appear to supply up some aid to this controller scarcity, nevertheless, as you’d think about, third-party scalpers are having a discipline day with pricing – with controllers going for practically £100 – over double the traditional retail worth.
The US appears to be barely much less affected by the scarcity proper now, with a number of distributors nonetheless displaying lively inventory of the peripherals. Microsoft, Greatest Purchase, Amazon US, and Gamestop are all nonetheless stocking Xbox controllers – albeit restricted to the pre-owned selection proper now.
This comes as no actual shock although, particularly once you take the final 18 months into consideration. After the worldwide pandemic, we noticed one of many worst chip shortages in a long time, with each Xbox and PlayStation 5 merchandise promoting out throughout the globe. After all, peripheral shortages are a lot much less widespread, nevertheless, it’s nonetheless unclear as to how lengthy this may truly final.