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Xbox Series X and Series S stock will remain lean until summer 2021 at the earliest, Microsoft confirms

Microsoft's next-generation consoles will remain hard to come by for a while yet. (Image source: The Verge)
Microsoft's next-generation consoles will remain hard to come by for a while yet. (Image source: The Verge)
Microsoft has now confirmed that stock levels of its next-generation Xbox consoles will not be getting better anytime soon. According to the company, it will be at least June before the Series S, and Series X are easier to purchase through official retail channels.
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Microsoft has reiterated AMD with stock woes of its next-generation consoles. In an interview with The New York Times, Mike Spencer, Microsoft's Head of Investor Relations, stated that console supplies would probably 'be constrained at least through June'. Blaming supply chain issues owing to the pandemic, Spencer claimed that Microsoft sold out of every Xbox last quarter as it was unable to match demand.

While many outlets have taken stock shortages to apply to only the Series X, Spencer suggests that it applies to the Series S, too. As we have previously reported, there is a shortage of stock globally for anything containing a next-generation GPU, whether that be the Radeon RX 6000 series, NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX 30 graphics cards or the PlayStation 5.

By contrast, Nintendo Switch sales have surpassed expectations, with the console having sold 11.6 million units in the last three months. Additionally, Nintendo has increased its sales projections by another 10%, or 2.5 million units, by the end of its fiscal year.

Non-existent stock levels of Ampere and RDNA 2-based devices can be blamed on resellers, in part. As we reported yesterday, there have been suggestions that resellers bought stock from one retailer in the UK before it went live. Sadly, Microsoft's admission suggests that people must pay inflated prices of its Xbox Series consoles for at least another five months.

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Alex Alderson, 2021-02- 1 (Update: 2021-02- 1)