Microsoft’s Xbox CEO Phil Spencer says console supply problems will continue into 2022. In an interview with The cover, discovered by Video Game Chronicle, Spencer admits that the Xbox supply problems will last for the rest of the year and into 2022 due to supply chain complications beyond just a chip shortage.
“I think it’s probably too isolated to talk about it as just a chip problem,” Spencer says. “When I think about what it means to get the parts needed to build a console today and then get it to the markets where the demand is, there are several kinds of bottlenecks in that process. And I think unfortunately , that it will be with us for several months and months, certainly at the end of this calendar year and into the next calendar year. ”
The global chip shortage has affected various companies for 18 months now. Automakers have had to cut back on vehicle production, and it has been near impossible to find stock of new graphics cards, PS5s and Xbox consoles.
Spencer is also not alone in his predictions about supply issues. Chipmaker TSMC warned earlier this year that the industry’s chip shortage could continue through 2022. Last month, Nvidia said it expects GPU supply constraints for “the vast majority” by 2022.