Xbox Series X officially hit the market alongside its S Series younger siblings on November 10, but not everyone was able to complete the purchase in time for day one. Series X – like unfortunately other important technological products that arrived on the market during this troubled 2020 – has to deal with a volume of supplies that is lower than demand and this is a situation that is destined to go on for a few months. At least until April 2022, as Tim Stuart, Xbox CFO recently confirmed.
The first feedback from buyers has been very encouraging, Microsoft has gone unbalanced by talking about defining that of Series X | S as the best launch in the history of Xbox consoles, and even the first sales data processed by third parties confirm this. The element that is out of place for those who have not managed to grab Series X is that this difficulty seems destined to recur in the coming months. Tim Stuart points out in this regard:
I believe we will continue to see a shortage of inventory as we approach the post-holiday quarter, then Microsoft’s third quarter, the first calendar quarter (January-March 2022, ed.)
The situation will start to stabilize starting from April next year, but it is not certain that this will happen immediately. The executive adds that supply and demand will be at the same level during Microsoft’s fourth (fiscal) quarter, namely April, May, and June 2022. During this period, says Tim Stuart:
our entire supply chain continues to moving forward at full speed ahead of the pre-summer months.
The competitor Sony has tried to give a little more reassuring messages to those waiting to buy PlayStation 5, confirming that new stocks will be available in the pre and post Christmas period, but also in this case it will be necessary to determine if the new units placed on the market will actually be able to meet demand. More generally, Microsoft and Sony are facing the same problems that have complicated the launch of other expected technological products: remember the disastrous start of sales of the Nvidia RTX 30 series video cards and the limited stocks of Ryzen 5000 processors. These are the inevitable effects of a year that has been turned upside down by a health emergency that shows no sign of slowing down.
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