Price was not a concern, apparently, for Xbox One fans this holiday.

The console's $150 "Elite" gamepad was sold out everywhere and remains as such:

Xbox One Elite gamepadAmazon / GameStopThe largest game retailer and the largest retailer in general, respectively, are both sold out.

Unfortunately, if you're looking to get your hands on one sooner than later, it looks like you're out of luck. 

This is what a Microsoft representative told Tech Insider Wednesday morning (we've bolded the most important part):

While the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller is sold out in many retailers around the world, we are working quickly to get more units in the hands of fans. We expect more units to arrive at retailers each week but supply may be limited through March 2016.

A shame!

It's certainly understandable why the Xbox One Elite gamepad is so popular — regardless of the high price, it's the best official gamepad ever released. 

It's built tough, with metal parts swapped out for much of the usual plastic:

Xbox One Elite controllerMicrosoftThe top of the gamepad is metal, and the handles are outfitted with tough, easily gripped rubber.

All the components — aside from the face buttons — are easily changed out for alternatives:

Xbox One Elite controllerBen Gilbert / Tech InsiderVarious analog sticks and two different type of d-pad come with the controller.

Like so:

Xbox One Elite controllerMicrosoftThe analog sticks are magnetic, making them easily swapped in an instant.

And there are even a few extra input options in the form of paddles added to the gamepad's rear:

Xbox One EliteMicrosoftIf you'd rather not move your thumbs off the front analog sticks, you can assign the rear paddles to do things you'd normally do with the front face buttons!

That's just scratching the surface, really. We've been using Xbox One Elite controllers around the Tech Insider offices for a few months now, and it's a genuinely excellent gamepad. It makes standard Xbox One gamepads (to say nothing of the PlayStation 4's DualShock 4 gamepad) feel cheap by comparison. 

When they're back in stock this coming March, don't hesitate to scoop one up. You'll be glad you did.