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Microsoft can’t seem to control its supply of Xbox controllers

Microsoft is having a hard time restocking Xbox controllers in Europe. The manufacturer has acknowledged that the demand vastly outweighs the supply, making people play with “other things” instead. Things like their turtleneck, perhaps.

All jokes aside, this shortage can become quite vexing if you’re desperately in need of one. Maybe your old one is starting to fall apart after years of heavy-duty gaming. Or maybe your current one is stuck in a wall after yeeting it while playing a notoriously difficult game. I mean, there are all kinds of reasons for wanting a new Xbox controller. But if you’re a European resident, chances are that retailers have only been able to sell you “no”.

And that brings us to scalpers. Because no matter how scarce something becomes, there’s always that one vendor that’ll be happy to sell you some rare shit. But if you’re hoping to catch a break and score a deal, you’re sorely mistaken. You can forget about a couple of euros above retail price. Try a €20 instead. And that’s just a minimum. A retailer going by the name of Gamers2Life listed a Shock Blue one on Amazon.nl for €207,99. And that doesn’t include the €28 shipping fee. Believe me, I wish I were joking…

Strangely enough, the Xbox Design Lab doesn’t seem to be affected by the shortage. The site states that your custom controller will snuggly fit your hands “within 28 days of placing your order”. On the other hand, Microsoft is also explaining that the shortage is genuine, blaming supply disruption.

“We know it may be hard finding Xbox Wireless Controllers right now due to supply disruptions,” a Microsoft spokesperson told VGC. “We’re working as fast as possible with our manufacturing and retail partners to improve this. Please check with your local retailer for availability.”

Then again, should we be surprised? Hardly. Chip shortages have been affecting the manufacturing process of many electronic devices and peripherals. I mean, we’re talking about an Xbox controller now, but have you tried bagging an Xbox Series X past year? Or a GPU (at a regular price)? My point exactly.