Microsoft has been rather upfront with fans about shortages of their Xbox Series X/S consoles. Unfortunately, they are saying the shortages will last until summer. Head of investor relations, Mike Spencer, gave an interview with The New York Times, explaining the supply would be limited “at least through June.”
This isn’t so much of a surprise, especially since Microsoft CFO Amy Hood also recently discussed how the demand will continue to exceed the supply for the next-gen consoles for quite some time.
Even with these shortages, Microsoft recently reported a $5 billion revenue this last quarter for their Xbox division. This is a new all-time high in quarterly revenue, with Spencer confirming all Xbox units were sold during the system’s launch quarter. In turn, this helped to boost Xbox hardware sales by an astonishing 86% for that period.
AMD CEO, Lisa Su, recently announced that the company (which supplies parts for both next-gen consoles) is also facing supply shortage across the board. Su also concluded the shortage would last until the second half of 2021.
Xbox boss Phil Spencer spoke to Su directly, in order to gauge the situation and try to obtain more supply as soon as possible.
“It really is just down to physics and engineering. We’re not holding them back. We’re building them as fast as we can. We have all the assembly lines going. I was on the phone last week with Lisa Su at AMD [asking], ‘How do we get more? How do we get more?’ So it’s something that we’re constantly working on, but it’s not just us. I think gaming has really come into its own in 2020.”