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Xbox Series X console shortage could last until June, report says

Demand for the Xbox Series X console could continue outstripping supply until mid-2021.

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The Xbox Series X could remain in short supply until June.

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If you're having trouble tracking down an Xbox Series X console, those problems could last until at least mid-2021, Microsoft has told The New York Times. The Xbox Series X supply constraints could remain in place until June, Mike Spencer, Microsoft head of investor relations, told the publication last week.

Microsoft is "working tirelessly with our manufacturing and retail partners to replenish Xbox hardware as quickly as possible," a Microsoft spokesperson told CNET in an emailed statement. 

Read more: Xbox Series X restock news for Best Buy, Amazon, Target, Walmart and more

"We continue to see overwhelming global demand from our fans for the next generation of Xbox," the spokesperson said. "In some instances, more consoles will become available on a weekly basis depending on the retailer and market."

For now, here are the best Xbox One X games you can buy until you're able to get your hands on a new Xbox Series X console.

Sony's new PlayStation 5 is also in short supply and high demand.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, gaming sales have continually spiked as more people are staying home. Earlier Monday, Nintendo announced its Switch console has now hit almost 80 million units sold since 2017, with Animal Crossing: New Horizons selling 31 million copies in 2020.

Read more: Best Xbox Series X or Series S accessories for 2021