Microsoft is promising a smoother experience for pre-ordering the Xbox Series X and Series S than the PS5, and today Microsoft laid-out exactly when and where one can pre-order the next-gen Xbox consoles.
According to reports, pre-orders for the Xbox Series X and S will begin at 8 am PT/11 am ET on September 22 at various retailers. Online retailers like Amazon, Target, Walmart, Best Buy, Costco, Sam’s Club, Gamestop, Newegg, and the Army and Airforce Exchange Service will all carry digital pre-orders for both Xbox systems.
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Microsoft’s time and date pre-order announcement is a stark contrast to the PS5 pre-order process when Sony announced pre-orders would go up today on September 17, but instead, pre-orders went live across different retailers at different times and chaos ensued. PS5 stock fluctuated at different retailers, and some sites crashed or were unable to meet demand. Meanwhile other customers discovered their PS5 pre-orders at specific retailers were canceled.
Although Microsoft is laying out pre-order plans early, we’ll have to wait until the actual pre-order date to see if everything goes as smoothly as planned.
The Xbox Series X will retail for $499, while the digital-only Series S will retail at $299. Keep an eye on our Xbox Series X pre-order page for the latest, up-to-date pre-order info.
Matt T.M. Kim is a reporter for IGN.