Xbox controller shortage caused by "supply disruptions," says Microsoft

By Sean Carey,

Microsoft has confirmed that "supply disruptions" have caused a shortage of official Xbox Wireless Controllers, resulting in many retailers across the UK and Europe selling out of the peripheral.

VGC reports that nearly all major retailers here in the UK are sold out of official Xbox controllers and that stock is also limited in various European countries and Australia. It seems that many retailers only have third-party controllers or expensive Xbox Elite controllers left in stock.

Xbox controller supply issues confirmed by Microsoft

Xbox controller shortages

In a statement given to VGC, Microsoft said, "We know it may be hard finding Xbox Wireless Controllers right now due to supply disruptions.

"We're working as fast as possible with our manufacturing and retail partners to improve this. Please check with your local retailer for availability."

Despite the confirmation of stock issues, here in the UK, it does appear that the Carbon Black Xbox controller is still in stock on the Microsoft Store and Amazon, but if you want something a little more colourful and you don't want to go down the route of using the Xbox Design Lab, you're probably going to have to wait until Microsoft sorts out its supply issues.

Xbox Wireless Controller - Carbon Black - Carbon Black

Xbox Wireless Controller - Carbon Black - Carbon Black

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As for the US, VGC notes that controller stock is slightly better, though it seems some retailers are now only selling second-hand pads.

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Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Sean graduated from Southampton Solent University with a first-class honours degree in Journalism, which he uses to keep TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies topped up with the latest gaming and industry news. When not scouring the web for the latest big story, you’ll find him tearing up the streets in Forza Horizon 5, or failing miserably in Call of Duty: Warzone.