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Don't expect to find Xbox Series X|S in stores before April 2021

Published: 15:02, 17 November 2020
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The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S supply shortages to continue until the second calendar quarter of 2021, according to Xbox chief financial officer at Microsoft.

With everything that has happened all this year, it seems that all manufacturers have a problem with delivering a satisfactory number of their products. Sony are having the same problem with PS5's, Nvidia with their latest lineup of GPUs, etc. 

Last week at the Jefferies Interactive Entertainment conference, Tim Stuart, the Xbox chief financial officer, has laid down some painful facts about the supply shortages for Xbox next-gen consoles. He said that the supply profile is not going to meet the demand profile before April 2021. That's the rough estimate when you'll be able to walk into the store and pick yourself a brand new Microsoft's video-game console.

Here's what he said:

“I think we’ll continue to see supply shortages as we head into the post-holiday quarter, so Microsoft’s Q3, calendar Q1, and then when we get to Q4, all of our supply chain continuing to go full speed heading into kind of the pre-summer months. And that’s where I start to — I expect to see a little bit of the demand — the supply profile, meeting the demand profile."

“You’ll be outside of a holiday window. We’ll have supply cranking over the next, what, 4, 5, 6 months. And that’s when I expect to see really that demand profile start to be met, which will be really, really great.”

Showing next-gen consoles Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S Xbox Series X (left) and Xbox Series S (right)

Just a few days after Tim, the Xbox experiences and platforms boss Liz Harmen acknowledged the shortages as well: 

“We know that not everyone was able to get an Xbox Series X|S immediately and are working tirelessly with our partners around the world to bring as many new consoles to as many of you as possible over time and encourage you to check in with your local retailers directly for more details on availability in your market.”

It's an exciting time in the gaming industry, but not everyone will be able to get their hands on the new systems, sadly, at least without any hassle or getting one from scalpels who take advantage of the situation. We'll just have to be more patient than ever.

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