Phil Spencer Expects Xbox Console Shortage To Extend Through 2022


“We are working hard to bring them to market, but this is going to be a challenge that we are going to face for quite a while.”

Xbox boss Phil Spencer has said the shortage of Xbox Series X / S consoles will likely last until next year.

Speaking to The Wrap, Spencer said the struggle to make new units goes beyond the chip shortage, which has plagued the current generation of Xbox and PlayStation consoles since launch.

“I think it’s probably too isolated to just talk about it as a chip issue,” Spencer said.

“When I think about what it means to get the parts needed to build a console today, and then get them to the markets where the demand is, there are several types of pinch points in that process. I think, unfortunately, it’s fine to be with us for months and months, definitely until the end of this calendar year and until the following calendar year.

“What’s most disappointing is just the disappointment of the fans,” he continued. “People really want this new generation of consoles – they’re good consoles, both from us and other platform owners – and they want the new functionality. We’re working hard to bring them to market but this will be a challenge that we will face for quite a while. “

Japanese maker Toshiba also said last month that the supply of materials needed by console makers to produce semiconductors “will remain very limited” until at least September 2022.

Last May, Microsoft, Google and Apple formed a lobby group to promote semiconductor manufacturing in the United States and solve the shortage. Other companies involved include Amazon Web Services, Intel Corp, Hewlett Packard, and more.


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