September 25, 2022

Microsoft’s head of gaming mentioned he would not assume the corporate will be capable to sustain with demand for Xbox consoles this vacation season.

Phil Spencer supplied an replace on the provision chain challenges the corporate continues to face in an interview with Bloomberg.

“I nonetheless assume demand will outstrip provide for us this vacation,” he mentioned. “We’ll see, after we get to 2023, you will begin to discover extra that provide is catching up with demand, and perhaps you will really see it within the retailer if you stroll in.”

Spencer’s feedback echo these of Xbox CFO Tim Stewart, who mentioned in June that console shipments “could stay risky all through 2022 and the vacation season.”

The scarcity of present era consoles has been an issue for the reason that launch of the Xbox Collection X and PS5 21 months in the past, though the state of affairs appears to be regularly enhancing.

The scarcity did not cease the Xbox Collection X/S from breaking the report, in accordance with Microsoft. “To this point, we’ve got offered extra consoles than any earlier era of Xbox,” CEO Satya Nadella mentioned in July.

Spencer additionally advised Bloomberg that he expects there will probably be “fewer and fewer” platform-exclusive video games sooner or later, that he “feels good” in regards to the probabilities of Microsoft’s proposed cope with Activision getting permitted, and that he’s being cautious refers to “play to earn” crypto video games.

After Sony hiked the value of the PS5 on Thursday, Microsoft advised VGC that retail costs for the Xbox Collection X/S console within the UK would stay the identical.