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Xbox Boss Apologizes For Expected Series X Shortages

Spencer says people should expect shortages "for a few months."


The Xbox Series X and S consoles are going to be sold out at retail this year, and that's something Xbox boss Phil Spencer has now apologized for.

In an appearance on the Dropped Frames podcast, Spencer said demand will outstrip supply for the new consoles this year and beyond. He said stock shortages will continue "for a few months" after release.

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"We know what our supply will look like basically for the rest of the year. We're going to have more demand than we do supply," Spencer said. "And I will apologize in advance to people for that. We saw it with pre-orders, how much energy there was, and we were basically out [of stock] in a couple of hours, which is unfortunate. I think we are going to live in that world for a few months. We're going to have a lot more demand than we do supply."

This is a comment that Spencer has repeated in interviews recently. Before this, he told GameReactor that both Microsoft and Sony will sell every new console they make this year. "I am going to predict that we are both going to sell every console we build in 2020," Spencer said.

Before this, NPD analyst Mat Piscatella said he expects the Series X and PS5 to be extremely popular this holiday season in the US, so much so that they may sell through all available stock. Due to that, he predicted that the Nintendo Switch will be the best-selling home console of holiday 2020.

Xbox Series X and Series S release on November 10. If you want to see what Microsoft's next generation console looks like, take a look at GameSpot's Xbox Series X unboxing and see just how it compares to the PlayStation 5.

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