While it’s very clear that trying to get a PS5, Xbox Series X, or any new graphics card into the gaming space is a daunting task right now, given the global supply shortages around the world, that’s now spreading like a virus. to other product categories as well. Namely new Xbox controllers.
Microsoft has now publicly admitted that no, you’re not crazy, it really is nearly impossible to find new Xbox controllers in some regions around the world. Here’s what they told VGC:
“We know it can be difficult to find Xbox wireless controllers at this time due to delivery disruptions. We are working with our manufacturing and retail partners to improve this as soon as possible. Please check with your local retailer for availability.”
The shortages appear to be more strongly focused on Europe, where online chatter indicates players are having trouble finding color variants in the UK, France, Germany and the Netherlands, in addition to Australia.
The US, where Microsoft is based, isn’t seeing as many supply shortages as the (often expensive) controllers still seem to be available at most major retailers for now, albeit with hints of shortages in some places.
If it helps, know that you can use your old Xbox One controller with your Series X or S. This may not be widely known, but Microsoft has made sure that they are compatible with the new system, so if you urgently need another needs to be able to fill the gap. There are probably fewer general changes between the One controller and the Series X/S version, compared to Sony’s PS4 Dualshock and the new PS5 Dualsense, which is packed with a million more haptic features. You can play PS4 games on a PS5 with a PS4 controller, but not PS5-only games, which require Dualsense. I haven’t heard anything about similar controller shortages at Sony at this point. Perhaps because even fewer people can get their hands on a PS5 just to need additional controllers in the first place.
Microsoft and Sony have both indicated that they expect the hardware shortages to continue through 2022 and into 2023, but that they will have to start resolving them at some point next year. Given the current state of play, it’s hard to know if that will happen, and right now, with controllers in the mix, it feels like some aspects of this are starting to get worse before anything gets better.
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