The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S have been on the market since November, but they’re still very difficult to find, with frustrated gamers jumping on every retail drop. Many come up empty-handed, resorting to high prices on eBay to join the next generation of gaming.
It’s clear Microsoft is still facing difficulties with meeting the astronomical demand for its consoles. However, according to Phil Spencer, VP of Gaming at Microsoft, there may be a light at the end of the tunnel.
During a recent appearance on Xbox Live director of programming Larry Hryb’s video podcast, Spencer said Microsoft is tapping AMD to help meet the punishing demand, TechRadar reports. AMD is responsible for manufacturing the GPU and CPU for the new Xbox consoles.
“We’re not holding them back. We’re building them as fast as we can,” Spencer said of the systems in production. “We have all the assembly lines going. I was on the phone last week with Lisa Su at AMD asking ‘How do we get more?’ So it’s something that we’re constantly working on.” Spencer didn’t elaborate on what kind of assistance AMD would offer, other than having the outfit ramp up production considerably.
In response to fans’ frustration, Spencer said it’s “down to physics and engineering.” He acknowledged that, in addition to the PlayStation 5 supply woes plaguing Sony, “there’s just a lot of interest in gaming right now.”
Unfortunately, there’s no immediate projected date for when we could see Xbox Series X shortages dissipate. Currently, shortages are expected through April 2021.