Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Says Next-Gen Console Shortages Will Continue Into 2022

Fans looking to get their hands on a PS5, Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S console later this year will continue to struggle, according to the Head of Xbox. Phil Spencer believes that supply issues of the next-generation consoles will continue into 2022. The PS5, Xbox Series X and S were released in November 2020.

Xbox Boss Phil Spencer says Next-Gen Console Shortages Will Continue into 2022

Xbox Series X & S supply issues will continue into 2022, says head of Xbox Phil Spencer. In an interview with The Wrap, Spencer was disappointed more fans were unable to get their hands on a next-generation console.

“The thing that’s most disappointing is just the fan disappointment, people really want this new generation of consoles,” Spencer said.

“They’re good consoles, both from us and the other platform holders—and they want the new functionality. We’re working hard to bring them to market but it’s going to be a challenge that we’ll work through for quite a while,” he continued.

Many of the issues surrounding the shortages of these consoles have been through a shortage of chips. Spencer told The Wrap chip shortages have not been the sole reason.

When I think about, what does it mean to get the parts necessary to build a console today, and then get it to the markets where the demand is, there are multiple kinds of pinch points in that process. And I think regretfully it’s going to be with us for months and months, definitely through the end of this calendar year and into the next calendar year. 

Console manufactures have struggled with the supply and demand of the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S since they launched last Winter. The Covid-19 pandemic essentially shut down supply chains, causing major issues.

Retailers such as GAME UK has restocked the consoles in recent weeks, with all supply going in minutes; leaving many gamers disappointed. 

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