During the latest installment of the Xbox podcast Major NelsonMicrosoft’s Xbox boss, Phil Spencer, spoke about the production shortfall with the Xbox Series X / S, noting that Microsoft expects supply problems to last until spring 2021: reports Chronicle of videogames.
Then “the most successful launch in Microsoft historyThe tech giant has struggled spectacularly to keep up with demand; Its next-gen game consoles have been flying off retail shelves faster than Microsoft can get them there since the console launch in november.
Going into detail on why production is currently hampered, Spencer revealed that the real problem lies further down the supply chain: Microsoft is simply not getting enough components to build more consoles.
Record sales of game-oriented components such as GPUs in 2020, along with production pauses throughout the year due to COVID-19, have left vendors like AMD (which make both the CPU and GPU that powers the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles) with their own inventory deficits.
“But we are working as hard as we can. The teams are incredibly dedicated and I appreciate people’s patience as we work to build more, ”Spencer said.
Adding to supply problems is the large number of resellers that have flooded retailers, both online and physical, buy consoles and spin them on platforms like eBay for a hefty premium.
This time around, resellers go so far as to use software (bots) that instantly purchase consoles from online retailers the moment they restock.
So far, their deplorable practices have generated resellers more than $ 28 million in profit for swapping out the Xbox Series X / S and PS5. according to a study.
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