Lord have mercy, after years of delays and allocation limits, Microsoft has bequeathed the gaming world with some good news. As of 12pm on Wednesday 17 August, the much-loved Xbox Series X gaming console is back in stock in the Microsoft Australia store. Where gamers have been traditionally asked to register their interest and pre-order the console, the online store is allowing them to check out fairly fluidly, with some stipulations.
According to the official listing, Microsoft is limiting the sales to one console purchase per customer, which is a fair requirement. Since the moment the Xbox Series X and its major competitor the PlayStation 5 were released in November 2020, there have been allegations of price gouging and scalping, with some consoles heading straight off the showroom floor and onto second-hand listing sites such as eBay and Facebook Marketplace.
While there’s no word yet on just how long the latest allocation of consoles will last, the good news is that it appears to be a sign of things to come. As all major electronics producers grapple with chip shortages and supply chain issues, the return of the much-loved entertainment unit could mark a welcomed change of pace, indicating that some sense of normality may be on the horizon.
Back in 2020, Xbox chief Phil Spencer revealed that the company had gotten off to a sluggish start with production numbers as they were waiting for key AMD chip technology to be in place. That shortage led to an immediate and apparent scarcity of product, which has dragged on longer than initially expected. Xbox chief financial officer Tim Stuart later confirmed that the shortages were likely to contiue through the first quarter of 2021, but the supply chain issues have seen Microsoft struggle to keep up with demand.
For avid gamers who are yet to get their hands on the Xbox Series X, you can pick one up through the Microsoft Australia store currently, with the 1TB next-gen consoles currently listed for AUD$749. Importantly, there has also been a slight stock update on the Xbox Series S, with the streamlined console, along with the Elite Controller also up for grabs via the online store.