Anyone who is waiting to get their hands on a next-gen Xbox Series X/S console may find themselves struggling for a while as both consoles are expected to have stock shortages for quite a while.
Xbox CFO Tim Stuart explained during a talk at the Jefferies Interactive Entertainment Virtual Conference that the supply profile of their next-gen machines will likely be behind demand until the company’s Q3 financials.
“I think we’ll continue to see supply shortages as we head into the post-holiday quarter, so Microsoft’s Q3, calendar Q1,” Stuart explained.
Xbox expects demands to start being fully met within the next four to six months with the supply chain going “full speed” until demand for the Xbox Series consoles can be met.
“We’ll have supply cranking over the next, what, 4, 5, 6 months,” Stuart continued. “And that’s when I expect to see really that demand profile start to be met, which will be really, really great…I think we’re going to start to see some real velocity kick up, which I’m really excited to see.”
While the Xbox Series consoles have been a record breaking launch for Microsoft, we still don’t know how large the demand for these machines is on a unit basis. Xbox boss Phil Spencer has stated that the company will not reveal specific unit sales even in the consoles outsell Sony’s PS5.