Microsoft is still struggling to meet strong demand for its new consoles. In a recent podcast, Xbox executive Phil Spencer pledged that the company is working tirelessly to increase its Xbox Series X inventory.
Spencer also noted that he turned to AMD for help so that the manufacturer ramped up production in order to meet demand. However, he did not say that the company responded to the request of the head of Xbox.
Last week I spoke on the phone with Lisa Su from AMD and discussed one question: “How do we get more chips?” So we are constantly working in this direction.
However, not only Microsoft with its Series X and S, but also Sony with its PS5 faced a shortage. According to Spencer, the gaming industry is experiencing a certain surge of interest in games right now, so there is a shortage of everything related to this.
It’s not just about us: games really have become much more popular in 2020. Obviously, the PS5 is in short supply too. If you look at video cards from AMD and NVIDIA, then a similar situation is observed there. There is simply a lot of interest in games now, and the implementation of consoles is just one sign.
Game sales are growing rapidly and new hardware is in short supply. But we are working hard. The teams in charge of this are incredibly dedicated and I appreciate the patience of the people as we work to release more systems.
It is expected that the shortage of consoles and new video cards will last until April 2021, when prices for devices from speculators will begin to fall. However, there are no guarantees about this.