It’s no mystery that both Microsoft and Sony have had problems keeping their new consoles in stock. A report released from Microsoft hinted that the stock shortages could continue months into 2021.
During a recent appearance on Xbox Live director of programming Larry Hyrb had Phil Spencer on a podcast and he addressed the high demand for the newest Xbox consoles. Neither console can be found and from what Phil Spencer said they won’t be readily available until at least April.
“I get some people [asking], ‘why didn’t you build more? Why didn’t you start earlier? Why didn’t you ship them earlier?’ All of those things,” Spencer told Hyrb. “It’s really just down to physics and engineering. We’re not holding them back: we’re building them as fast as we can. We have all the assembly lines going. I was on the phone last week with Lisa Su at AMD [asking], ‘how do we get more?’ So it’s something that we’re constantly working on.”
I think the reason why there aren’t more Xbox consoles is for multiple reasons. Obviously, there’s Covid which affected everything last year and will probably continue to do so this year as well. Another reason is because I don’t think Microsoft expected to sell that many Xbox consoles. Look how bad they got thrashed by Sony last generation. It was the same thing with the Nintendo Switch back in 2017 and Covid wasn’t an issue then. The Wii U was an abysmal failure by Nintendo and they played it safe with the Switch’s launch. Now, it’s the most popular console on the market even with the launch of the Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles. There’s also the fact that more people are gaming now because they’re stuck at home.
If you’re looking forward to the next batch of Xbox (or Playstation) consoles to eliminate stock issues completely you’ll be sorely disappointed. You’ll most likely have to do what everyone is doing now and fighting for queues and against scalpers for quite some time before things normalize again.
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