Microsoft Confirms Xbox Controller Shortage

Xbox unveiled a Pride-themed controller earlier this month.
Xbox unveiled a Pride-themed controller earlier this month. / Courtesy of Microsoft

Microsoft has confirmed supply disruptions have led to a shortage of Xbox controllers, with retailers around the world running low on stock.

VGC reports retailers in the U.K., including the official Microsoft Store, have sold out of controllers in every color scheme. Amazon U.K. has some stock of the base Carbon Black controller as of Tuesday, and third-party sellers on the site have listed the controller at £93.99 (around $115), nearly double its official price.

Similar shortages appear to affect consumers across Australia, France, Germany and the Netherlands.

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

Stock in the U.S. does not appear to have been disrupted to the same extent as that elsewhere in the world. Players can still buy controllers at the Microsoft Store and Best Buy. On the other hand, Amazon and GameStop aren't currently selling new controllers, potentially indicating strains on supply.

Shortages have been common for this generation of consoles, but they've generally been limited to the consoles themselves — a result of the global chip shortage that experts predict will continue into the next couple of years at least. Peripheral shortages, on the other hand, are a new phenomenon.