In short: The shortage of Sony PlayStation 5 and Microsoft Xbox Series consoles is nothing new. However, it’s getting harder to find Xbox controllers these days. The global picture is not clear, but the problem seems to be most acute in European countries.

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Microsoft confirmed reported to VGC this week that supply restrictions are currently affecting Xbox wireless controllers. Customers across Europe say they have become scarce and online prices have risen.

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ResetEra forum posters from countries such as the UK, Italy, the Netherlands, France and Denmark report shortages. In the UK retail store, the £160 GAME Elite Series 2 is the only official Xbox wireless controller available, as the cheaper standard controllers seem to have sold out. Third party sellers on Amazon.co.uk sentence an Xbox Carbon Black controller for around £100 – a massive price increase – and stock directly from Amazon has been uneven or non-existent in the past few weeks. Price history charts in the Netherlands show the same controller costs about 100 euros – the highest stable price ever.

The US does not seem to be in the same situation. While many Xbox controllers at GameStop are only available in used form, there are plenty of new ones available. The offer also looks okay on BestBuy.com and on the US official Xbox website. Having a DualSense PlayStation 5 controller also seems to be okay.

It’s hard to tell if the issue is related to the same shipping restrictions as on the Xbox series consoles. Since 2020, supply chain issues have affected many different electronics, but have not significantly affected game console accessories. Even stranger, the offer is limited to only one type of controller and one region. Microsoft cannot provide information on when it will be easier for users to find them.