At the time of writing, major retailers in multiple regions are completely sold out of Xbox Wireless Checkand peripherals seem to be particularly scarce across Europe.
In the UK there are currently no controllers of any color in stock at retailers GAME, Smyths, Argos, Currys or even the official Microsoft Store.
Amazon UK is one of the few retailers with stock of the Carbon Black controller, which was newly added today (it was sold out yesterday). Third-party pricing on Amazon for the black controller starts at £93.99, almost double the official price.
The situation seems to be similar in many regions, with: Users of the Resetera Forum discuss how difficult it is to locate controllers in different countries, including Australia, France, the Netherlands and Germany.
The Xbox Design Lab still seems to be taking orders from players looking to design and purchase their own custom controllers. The Design Lab site continues to claim, “We aim to have the controller in your hands within 28 days of placing your order.” It’s not clear if this will stay that way, or just haven’t been updated.
Xbox confirmed the shortage of controllers after an investigation by VGC, attributing it to supply disruptions.
“We know it can be difficult to find Xbox wireless controllers at this time due to delivery disruptions,” a Microsoft spokesperson told us. “We are working with our manufacturing and retail partners as soon as possible to improve this. Please contact your local retailer for availability.”
Stock seems a little more readily available in the US for now, with availability on the Microsoft Store and Best Buy, although some sites like Amazon US and GameStop currently only sell pre-owned controllers, suggesting stocks in the region.
Console hardware shortages are nothing new this generation. The global chip shortage has led to both the Xbox Series X and Playstation 5 are extremely scarce since they launched 19 months ago, and stock sells out almost as fast as it comes in.
Peripheral shortages were less common, though, and it remains to be seen how quickly Xbox Wireless Controller supplies can be replenished to a level where they’ll be readily available in all stores again.
For now, anyone in Europe looking for an official Xbox Wireless Controller will have to hope they get lucky and find one in stock somewhere, or use less simple methods like buying a custom controller through the Xbox Design Lab†