Microsoft previously said that its new Xbox consoles would be supply-constrained through April, but it looks like would-be buyers will need to wait even longer.
That’s according to Microsoft head of investor relations Mike Spencer, who told The New York Times last week that Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S supply is now likely to be constrained “at least” through June.
Supplies of new Xbox and PlayStation consoles have been notably poor since their collective launches in November, with scalpers commanding high prices for the hard-to-find devices. For its part, Microsoft experienced its best-ever quarter at the end of 2020, with Xbox delivering over $5 billion in revenues for the first time in history. But the firm could have sold many more consoles if it could just have manufactured them in time.
Neither Microsoft nor Sony have revealed unit sales for the new consoles, and Microsoft isn’t expected to at any time. But The New York Times quoted an analyst from Astris Advisory who believes that Sony sold at least six million PlayStation 5 consoles through the end of 2020, with Microsoft selling about three million units of Xbox Series X and Series S. It was the first quarter in which Microsoft launched two console versions at the same time.