As Covid-19 pandemic shut down essential supply chains XBOX boss, Phil Spencer, confirm shortages into 2022

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Phil Spencer joined a panel of gaming leaders at The Wrap’s Grill event yesterday indicated that a shortage of chips in addition to other unforeseen circumstances would continue the shortage of consoles.

“I think it’s probably too isolated to talk about it as just a chip problem. When I think about, what does it mean to get the parts necessary to build a console today, and then get it to the markets where the demand is, there are multiple kind of pinch points in that process. And I think regretfully it’s going to be with us for months and months, definitely through the end of this calendar year and into the next calendar year.”

Phil Spencer, Head of XBOX

“The thing that’s most disappointing is just the fan disappointment,” Spencer continued. “People really want this new generation of consoles—they’re good consoles, both from us and the other platform holders—and they want the new functionality. We’re working hard to bring them to market but it’s going to be a challenge that we’ll work through for quite a while,” said Spencer

Console manufacturers have struggled with stock shortages for over 18 months now, after the Covid-19 pandemic shut down essential supply chains and saw demand for gaming devices increase significantly as countries went into lockdown.

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