Supply chain issues mean there aren’t enough Xbox wireless controllers to meet consumer demand. Microsoft has confirmed this. The supply of consoles is low, which has led to high prices.
In the Netherlands, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, among other countries, there are few Xbox wireless controllers. Microsoft admits to VGC that consumers are more likely to do so Hard to reach controllers† According to the company, this is due to undisclosed disruptions in the supply chain.
“We are working as hard as we can with our manufacturing and retail partners to make it even better,” the company said. Microsoft does not announce when improvement is expected. In Microsoft’s Dutch store itself, the Xbox Wireless Controller is only available in white at the time of writing, other colors console sold†
At Pricewatch, the white version was sold, as was the black one. The console is still available in blue, for much higher prices than the introductory price of €60. One of two online stores with inventory, for example, sells it for 208 euros.
The Xbox Series X itself has been difficult to get hold of since its October 2020 release due to a lack of chips, as has its rival, the Sony PlayStation 5. It is not known exactly why the controller is in short supply and whether a shortage of other accessories is to be expected. However, there are shutdowns due to the coronavirus outbreak in China, affecting various supply chains.