When announcing the latest financial results, Microsoft was expecting supplies for the Xbox Series X | S by the end of “at least this quarter”. To believe another Microsoft representative, you have to “at least” think about it.
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According to Mike Spencer, head of investor relations at Microsoft, the American manufacturer sold all the Xboxes that it had in stock in the last quarter (the one in which the Xbox Series X | S came out). And he adds that nothing will be capped until at least the end of June.
In addition to the supply problems with components and raw materials that are required for the manufacture of consoles, manufacturers also face logistical problems. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it harder to get consoles on reseller shelves. And while this is good business for console manufacturers, the fact that machines are in high demand obviously doesn’t help.
These new claims support the claims made by Lisa Su, AMD’s CEO, last week. The latter, whose company produces the processors for the Xbox Series X | S has indeed found that:
However, the industry generally needs to increase its production capacity and we expect it will be tight in the first half of the year. We’ll have to wait until the second half of the year to see increased production capacity.
As a result, people who cannot get their hands on consoles when the various resellers are running low stock online must continue to patiently address their problems.
This situation and its difficulties definitely help to justify the decision of some publishers to continue offering their new games on PS4 and Xbox One and not on PS5 and Xbox Series X | S to publish.
While Sony and Microsoft have both complimented each other on the amounts of next-generation consoles sold on their respective launches, the installed fleets don’t seem to warrant putting the previous generation aside for now. As a reminder, for example, Capcom confirmed a few days ago that its Resident Evil Village will in fact be released on PS4 and Xbox One, in addition to being marketed on new consoles.