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Xbox Elite Controller Supply Shortage Could Last Till March 2016, Says Microsoft

Microsoft has been pleasantly surprised with the success of its Xbox Elite Wireless Controller, revealed earlier this year during the E3 event in June.

Due to the unexpected popularity of this advanced controller, supplies have been rather limited. We’ve seen news of the controller being restocked here and there, the overall availability is still way below the demand.

Unfortunately, it seems that this trend of dearth in supplies of the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller will continue for at least three more months.

Microsoft admitted this much while speaking to Tech Insider.

“While the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller is sold out in many retailers around the world, we are working quickly to get more units in the hands of fans. We expect more units to arrive at retailers each week but supply may be limited through March 2016.”

Microsoft initially said that more stock would be arriving in December, but the resupply seems to have been isolated to a select few outlets, and the tech giant is currently unable to meet the high demand for the controller.

The reason for this shortage is because Microsoft itself believed the $150 price tag would be too high to attract a large set of consumers.

The Xbox Elite Wireless Controller does come in the Xbox One Elite console bundle, but that’s only a useful treat for new console owners. Those who already own and Xbox One could have to wait up to 3 months before getting their hands on the Xbox Elite controller.