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Why Are Xbox Controllers Out Of Stock?

Why Are Xbox Controllers Out Of Stock?
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Written by 

Jacob Woodward

Posted 

18th May 2022 13:52

Xbox controllers are something of a collectable nowadays with so many colours and special editions being released but with so many different variations out there, why are Xbox controllers out of stock consistently?

Well, it's certainly been a rough couple of years for gaming hardware with stock shortages galore. In particular, the next generation of consoles - Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5, have been hit hard, with many still not being able to pick up their desired device.

Below, we'll be running you through why Xbox controllers specifically are sold out so frequently as well as where the best place to buy Xbox controllers is so that you have the best chance of securing one before they ultimately vanish.

  • If you're still on the fence when it comes to the new generation of consoles, check out our guide on PS5 vs Xbox.

Why Are Xbox Controllers Out Of Stock?

xbox controllers out of stock

So, why are Xbox controllers out of stock on a regular basis? Well, it's the COVID-19 pandemic rearing its ugly head yet again.

Akin to the chip shortage that has plagued console production, coupled with COVID-19 outbreaks halting manufacturing for weeks on end, Xbox controllers have shared the same fate.

Naturally, as time goes on, these Xbox controller shortages will become more and more sporadic but as of right now, many are being left wanting when looking for a bit of couch co-op action.

Will Special Edition Xbox Controllers Be Restocked?

xbox 20th anniversary controller

Let's face it, Xbox loves releasing a new controller and since the Xbox Series consoles, there have been a number of special edition Xbox controllers released. These include the Xbox 20th Anniversary controller and the Halo Infinite Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2. 

These special edition Xbox controllers naturally sell out even faster than the regular variants so the question on everyone's lips is if special edition Xbox controllers will get a restock or if they're gone for good, only available at ridiculous scalper prices.

The short answer to the special edition Xbox controller restock question is no, it doesn't look like these will be getting restocked by Microsoft. So, if you desperately want to pick up the 20th Anniversary Xbox controller, for example, you'll sadly have to pay an inflated sum.

 

  • In addition to special edition controllers, there is also Xbox luggage on the market. Get all the details here.

Where To Buy Xbox Controllers

where to buy xbox controllers

The absolute best place to buy Xbox controllers to combat the stock shortage is directly through Microsoft. This is because it essentially eliminates the retailer 'middle man' that may be waiting weeks on end to receive a minimal amount of stock.

If you would rather go through a retailer though, the place to go is Amazon as restocks are certainly more frequent compared to the more brick and mortar sites.

 

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