Microsoft Says,Xbox One Elite Controller Has “Exceeded Our Planning”

Demand for the $150 Xbox One Elite controller has surpassed Microsoft’s original planning and the company is now “working to get more in stock.” That’s according to Xbox boss Phil Spencer, who talked more about the demand for the sold-out controller in an exchange with fans on Twitter recently.


“We are working to get more in stock,” he said to one person. “Sorry they’ve been so hard to find.”

Asked by another if they could expect to be able to buy an Elite controller before Christmas (December 25), Spencer wouldn’t say yes or no.

“It’s tough, as I don’t want to over-promise,” he explained. “Demand has just exceeded our planning. If you find one and you want it, pick it up, sorry.”

The Xbox One Elite controller launched at the end of October alongside Halo 5: Guardians. The pad’s premium price point did not scare people away, it seems, as the controller sold out quickly. Right now, the controller remains sold out at places like Amazon, GameStop, and Microsoft’s own store.

The Microsoft Store page says new Elite units will ship on December 28, missing the holiday.

There is another way to get your hands on an Elite controller. You can buy the new $500 Xbox One Elite model that launched this month; it comes with a 1 TB console and the unique, transforming controller.

Earlier in November, Microsoft warned that Elite controller supply”may be limited through November.”

For more on the Elite controller, check out GameSpot’s hands-on impressions in the video above.