Now this is pathetic , MS begs AMD for help

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#1 Daredevils2k
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Microsoft to AMD: Please help us!

Staying home and gaming is definitely a trend during the pandemic, but it has been hard for people to get their hands on the latest consoles.

Since their November launches, Sony's PlayStation 5 and Microsoft's Xbox Series X and Series S consoles have generated greater demand than the companies can keep up with, frustrating customers who are carefully monitoring for restocks and second-hand listings for the consoles.Microsoft Executive Vice President of Gaming Phil Spencer acknowledged the Xbox shortage in a podcast interview last week with Xbox Live programming director Larry Hryb, and said he has sought help from chipmaker AMD (AMD) in making more units available. AMD makes the processor and graphics chips for the Xbox consoles."I was on the phone last week with (CEO) Lisa Su at AMD (asking), 'How do we get more? How do we get more?,' So it's something that we're constantly working on," Spencer said. He did not go into detail about how AMD might help make more units available more quickly, and AMD did not immediately respond to CNN Business' request for comment."We got the consoles launched — wish we had more of them, we're selling out too quickly," Spencer added.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 (MSFT) (and Sony (SNE)) had intentionally limited production of the consoles to help maximize profits, Spencer said on the podcast that is not the case for the Xbox."We're not holding them back, we're building them as fast as we can," Spencer said. "We have all of the assembly lines going."He added that the reason for the limited supply comes "down to physics and engineering." Spencer did not elaborate on exactly what that means.

"We have seen overwhelming global demand from our fans for the next generation of Xbox and are working tirelessly with our retail partners to replenish Xbox hardware as quickly as possible — in some instances, that will be on a weekly basis depending on the retailer and market," a Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement. "We can't wait for fans to experience gaming on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. Please check in with your local retailers directly for more details on availability in your market."

Many companies have experienced supply chain disruptions, as well as shortages caused by surging demand, during the pandemic.Spencer noted that when it comes to demand, gaming has been no exception.During its most recent quarterly earnings report in October, Microsoft posted 30% year-over-year revenue growth for Xbox content and services; by contrast, revenue growth for the segment was flat during the same period in the prior year. AMD in October announced record quarterly revenue for the three months ending in September — posting revenue growth of 56% compared to the year-ago quarter — thanks to strong demand for products such as those that power personal computers, gaming systems, data storage and cloud computing, tools that have become even more essential during the pandemic."I think gaming has really come into its own in 2020," Spencer said. "Obviously, PlayStation 5 is in very tight supply, and when you look at the graphics cards from AMD and Nvidia. There's just a lot of interest in gaming right now. Console sales are just a sign of that, game sales are just a sign of that. And hardware is in short supply, but we're working as hard as we can."Microsoft's stock is up nearly 37% over the past year; AMD's has risen almost 91%.

https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/04/tech/xbox-amd-console-shortages/index.html

good luck MS

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#2 Solaryellow
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I don't think you know the definition of the word "beg." Did you actually read the article or just link it?

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#3  Edited By sakaiXx
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Lmao Phil trying insert himself into the conversation as always.

Anyhow news outlets reported TSMC production capacity for AMD is at its max due to PS5 demand and ofcourse their other gpus.

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#4 Telekill
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I think it's reasonable for a company that uses another company's products to request more of the need should arise. I'm sure Sony has asked them the same.

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#5 madrocketeer
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Considering AMD don't make their own chips ever since they spun off GlobalFoundries, I'm not entirely sure what they can really do. Maybe sign a few more deals with other fabs? Last I heard, they're all nearly maxed out already.

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#6 Random_Matt
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Expect usual supply next year, pandemic getting worse first.

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#7 hardwenzen
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I tought this thread was about MS begging AMD to do something about their poor performing multiplats. Now that would be good content.

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#8 sealionact
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@daredevils2k: Your interpretation of the article is pathetic.

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#9 Bluestars
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cows mad disease.

xbox demand got fannyboys awake at night

hah

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#10 Archangel3371
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Good grief. Some of you clowns just get more sad everyday. I wouldn’t have thought that possible yet here we are. 😅

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#11 BenjaminBanklin
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I mean, things are getting worse worldwide, Phil. I think trying to push your glorious era of Xbox isn't really possible right now. Hell, why don't you compensate European stores to allocate their unsold Series S stock to the US.

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#12  Edited By Sushiglutton
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What did Phil do wrong 🤷🏻‍♂️? I honestly don’t get it.

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#13 Pedro
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I thought no one was buying the Series X but now you have a thread about not being able to keep up.😂

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#14  Edited By Duckyindiana
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@daredevils2k: You have done nothing but post the article put some effort into your trolling

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#15 iambatman7986
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Well that was misleading. Why wouldn't MS ask AMD to ramp up production of their hardware so they can get more units into customers hands? I'm sure Sony has done the same thing due to the high demand of the PS5 and shortages of the hardware.

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#16 xantufrog  Moderator
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1) Why is it pathetic? If anything it is simply evidence that there is more demand for XBoxes than current supply

2) you need to put some discussion into your topic or it'll get locked. Hint - you could answer #1 assuming you have one

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#17 Eoten
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It probably wasn't a good idea on AMD's part to release their own next gen GPU this year either because I'd imagine there's a lot of component cross over with that as well. AMD certainly has their hands full right now trying to handle the demands of all three.

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#18 GoldenElementXL
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Phil should have asked Lisa to clock the GPUs at an appropriate speed for RDNA 2.

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#19 appariti0n
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@daredevils2k: Oh? And you think Sony isn't having a similar conversation with AMD? LOL.

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#20 Pedro
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@goldenelementxl said:

Phil should have asked Lisa to clock the GPUs at an appropriate speed for RDNA 2.

Shots fired.

I actually thought it was with regards to the current performance issues with the hardware. With that said, I think the issues is more on MS end than AMD.

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#21 Duckyindiana
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@xantufrog: Why not just lock it rather than giving this troll a chance he knows the rules been trolling here long enough lol

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#22 lamprey263
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It's pathetic they would like to make more because they sell out what they ship and wants to work with AMD to help facilitate more supply so they can meet demand. Oh the the shame, only in Sony land where you believe Qanon bullshit like Duracell and Microsoft involved in a satanic human sacrificing cabal to make consumers buy copper tops.

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#23 Zero_epyon
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I don’t think this article says what you think it says.

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#24  Edited By Eoten
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@Pedro said:
@goldenelementxl said:

Phil should have asked Lisa to clock the GPUs at an appropriate speed for RDNA 2.

Shots fired.

I actually thought it was with regards to the current performance issues with the hardware. With that said, I think the issues is more on MS end than AMD.

If you're referring to the issues with maintaining a stable frame rate, I always suspected that was probably firmware or driver related. Since the XBsX does have better hardware and a better cooling system. If so, they need to fix it ASAP.

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#25 xantufrog  Moderator
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Yeah... this isn't getting fixed