Xbox Series X India Restocks Delayed Due to Covid-19 Outbreak: Sources
Microsoft’s E3 2021 event was essentially a 90-minute advertorial for Xbox Game Pass and the Xbox Series X|S. While the Redmond-based company did its best to sell gamers on the promise of the Xbox ecosystem, buying an Xbox Series X and S in some markets, like India has become a lot more challenging of late.
Several IGN India readers have reached out to us in the past few weeks after being unable to buy the Xbox Series X or S in the country. A cursory check on the Xbox Series X Telegram bot suggests some stocks trickled onto the likes of Amazon and Flipkart — likely returns being put up for sale again, because buying one in India has been next to impossible in recent weeks.
“Our last supply was around a month ago,” claims one Delhi-based retailer. “Redington [Microsoft’s Xbox distributor in India] has been non-committal on stocks since then.”
Similar sentiments were echoed by those in other parts of the country.
“We were told there would be a big restock this month,” says a Mumbai game store owner. “But that hasn’t happened yet.”
Nonetheless, multiple sources in the supply chain tell us that the reason for the lack of Xbox Series X and S restocks in India has to do with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Those familiar with the situation speaking to IGN India on condition of anonymity state that the Xbox India distributor, Redington, had a Covid-19 outbreak in its main warehouse in Chennai last month.
This has delayed distribution of Xbox Series X and S to a large degree. We reached out to Microsoft and Redington for comment and will update this story if we hear from either company.
In the interim though, some opportunistic retailers have been charging a Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 20,000 premium on either console, these are parallel or grey imports with no India warranty. We’d recommend against purchasing such units. You’re better off waiting it out until official supply is sorted out.
The Xbox Series S and X have sold incredibly well in India in the last couple of months, with the Xbox Series S being the best-selling console in India in March and April. This is partly due to Sony’s own supply chain issues making the PS5 and PS4 unavailable.
Hopefully Microsoft is able to maintain its momentum. Between Forza Horizon 5 and Halo Infinite there’s a renewed interest in its consoles in a country that’s largely seen as PlayStation Nation.
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