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Microsoft confirms supply issues are causing Xbox gamepad shortages

"We know it might be hard finding Xbox Wireless Controllers right now due to supply disruptions."

Chris Kerr, News Editor

June 21, 2022

1 Min Read

Microsoft says supply disruptions are causing a shortage of Xbox Wireless Controllers in multiple regions around the world.

As reported by VGC, some major retailers in countries including Australia, France, and the Netherlands are struggling to keep up with demand. Meanwhile, many stores in the UK including GAME, Smyths, and Argos having seemingly sold out completely.

When asked by about the apparent stock issues, Microsoft confirmed the problem stems from disrupted supply chains.

"We know it might be hard finding Xbox Wireless Controllers right now due to supply disruptions," a Microsoft spokesperson told VGC. "We’re working as fast as possible with our manufacturing and retail partners to improve this. Please check with your local retailers for availability."

VGC notes that Microsoft's own Xbox Design Lab still looks to be accepting orders, and that the shortage seems to be less pronounced in the United States.

About the Author(s)

Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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