Microsoft has confirmed that supply disruptions have caused shortages of Xbox controllers in countries across the globe.
In a statement to VGC, Microsoft said “We know it might 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 retailers for availability. ”
Xbox Wireless Controller (2020)
As noted in the VGC report, multiple retails across a variety of regions are currently completely sold out of official Xbox Wireless Controllers. The situation seems prevalent across Europe, with Xbox users on Resetera reporting that controllers are tough to come across in France, the Netherlands, Germany, and the UK. Austrian fans also seem to be having problems, while in the US only pre-owned controllers can be found on Amazon US and GameStop.
Amazon UK currently has stock of the standard Carbon Black controller, but no other options are available. Over on the UK Microsoft Store, all colors are out of stock.
Console shortages have been commonplace since the new generation of Xbox and PlayStation launched, which has even reportedly prompted Sony to make more PS4s than they planned. But, generally speaking, peripherals have been easy to buy. Microsoft’s statement does not point to the root issue that is disrupting supply, but hopefully this is a temporary hiccup rather than the sign of wider supply issues on the horizon.
Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK News and Features Editor.