Microsoft to AMD: Please help us!

It has been hard for people to get their hands on the latest consoles during the pandemic.

Since their November launches, Sony’s PlayStation 5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X and Series S consoles generated greater demand than the companies can keep up with, frustrating customers monitoring for restocks and second-hand listings.

Microsoft Executive Vice President of Gaming Phil Spencer acknowledged the Xbox shortage, and said he has sought help from chipmaker AMD in making more units available. AMD makes the processor and graphics chips for the Xbox consoles.

The Xbox Series X and Series S are currently out of stock at all retailers where they are sold, according to the Xbox website. Xbox executives have previously said the shortage could last until this spring.

While some analysts speculated in November that Microsoft and Sony had intentionally limited production of the consoles to help maximize profits, Spencer said that is not the case for the Xbox.

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