If you live in Europe or the UK, you may have noticed that Xbox controllers are running out of stock recently. Fortunately, Microsoft has now fixed this problem.

The shortage of Xbox wireless controllers has been quietly emerging across the continent and was highlighted in a recent ResetEra thread (opens in a new tab). Many gamers are frustrated that they can't get their hands on an Xbox Series X|S controller to use with their console or PC.

Speaking to TheGamer (opens in a new tab), a Microsoft spokesperson said: "We know that it may be difficult to find Xbox wireless controllers at this time due to supply disruptions. We are working as quickly as possible with our manufacturing and retail partners to improve this. Check availability with your local dealers."

Since that reply, stock of the official Xbox Wireless Controller has appeared on Amazon UK. However, it remains in short supply at other major retailers, including GAME, which only stocks the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller (Series 2) and third-party options. North America does not appear to be affected, although Australian retailers are experiencing shortages.

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you have some alternatives

If you're looking for a new Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, or PC controller and don't want to wait, don't worry, you have a few options. Wired or wireless, there's no end to third-party options to choose from on Xbox, including the 8BitDo Pro 2 wired controller and Scuf Instinct.

Otherwise, Microsoft offers two official options with different benefits. You have the Elite series, a more premium option with a hefty price tag to match. If you don't mind paying a little more, but not that much, Xbox Design Lab recently returned with expanded customization options.

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