For as long as he can remember, Charlie has always been interested in computers and gaming. It all started with the Sega Mega Drive and then evolved into PC gaming in his early teens. CS 1.6 was his first go at competitive gaming which soon evolved into CS:Source and now CS:GO - a game that he still plays (almost exclusively) today. Throughout that period he has also been a keen PC builder and enthusiast - dedicating a large portion of his time to the craft. My current rig is an ASUS 5700XT with AMD's Ryzen 3600X.
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Microsoft has recently confirmed that supply disruptions have indeed caused some severe shortages on the latest Xbox controllers – spanning numerous countries across the globe. The Xbox controller shortage seems to be limited to wireless controllers right now, however, other Xbox peripherals could fall victim to the same manufacturing issues if a solution isn’t found.
A Microsoft spokesperson told VGC in a statement, “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.”
At the time of writing this, there is no signs of when this shortage might end – and unfortunately, it could be the start of another wave of scalpers prying on the needy.
Microsoft has confirmed Xbox controller shortages
Many of the UK’s biggest retailers are flat out of the wireless controllers at the time of writing this, however, Microsoft still vows to uphold its 28day arrival policy. The Xbox Design Lab is still taking orders from gamers who would like to create their own custom controllers, even with the shortages we’re seeing. Here’s what the Design Labs website posted: “We aim to have the controller in your hands within 28 days of placing your order.”
Amazon UK does seem to offer up some relief to this controller shortage, however, as you’d imagine, third-party scalpers are having a field day with pricing – with controllers going for nearly £100 – over double the normal retail price.
The US seems to be slightly less affected by the shortage right now, with several vendors still showing active stock of the peripherals. Microsoft, Best Buy, Amazon US, and Gamestop are all still stocking Xbox controllers – albeit limited to the pre-owned variety right now.
This comes as no real surprise though, especially when you take the last 18 months into consideration. After the global pandemic, we saw one of the worst chip shortages in decades, with both Xbox and PlayStation 5 products selling out across the globe. Of course, peripheral shortages are much less common, however, it’s still unclear as to how long this will actually last.