The Xbox Series X presale has officially begun, and that means a scramble for Xbox Series X pre-orders. Well, scramble might be too kind a word. Rather, it’s a complete mess. The next-gen console is proving very difficult to get hold of right now, and many sites are totally collapsing under the sheer number of visitors they’re receiving. Don’t give up hope just yet, though. To help you secure an Xbox, we’ve got a list of the stores that are most likely to still have stock. You’ll find these links below.
If you click one of these Xbox Series X pre-orders and it takes you to an error page, bear with it – the sheer weight of traffic is making retailer websites fall to bits beneath the strain. Amazon is the perfect example. Although it has a dedicated Series X page, that link is also displaying an error the moment we click on it. Keep hitting the refresh button and hopefully you’ll break though at some point.
If you want to guarantee your Xbox Series X, we’d recommend heading straight over to Microsoft before its Xbox Series X pre-orders sell out. It’s been the retailer with the most stock in other regions, so we suspect the same will be true for the US. When it finally works, anyway – at the moment we’re getting stubborn error messages.
Meanwhile, Newegg might be a solid bet once stock returns because they’re such an unorthodox choice when it comes to consoles – they usually focus on PC components. Although the likes of Amazon might be the retailer you’d choose instead, it’ll be everyone else’s port of call as well. That means you’ll be struggling against thousands of other would-be customers in a mad rush for consoles, which obviously isn’t ideal.
No matter where you go, the Xbox Series S pre-orders won’t stick around for long; if today goes anything like the PS5‘s pre-order launch last week, all those consoles will be snapped up in short order.
Fortunately enough, Xbox Series S pre-orders don’t seem to be suffering quite as much. The slightly less powerful, disc-less alternative doesn’t seem to be in as short supply from what we can tell. While the Series X sold out in the UK a few hours after going live, the Series S pre-orders are still available over there.
Want to know the difference between the two consoles? It’s all about 4K resolution. For starters, the X is a more powerful machine that can display games in 4K. By comparison, the S can’t. What’s more, the S doesn’t have a disc drive. That means it can’t play physical discs or Blu-rays. While this isn’t the end of the world by any means, it’s something to keep in mind. You only get 512GB of storage instead of 1TB on the S model too which isn’t going to last long at all.
Pre-order Xbox Series X and Series S at these retailers
Xbox Series X | $499.99 at Newegg
Newegg is one of the few online stores to be working right now, so head straight over there to secure your Xbox Series X pre-order before they’re snapped up. Seriously, move fast – if demand is high enough to flatten Microsoft’s official website, we’re in for fierce competition.View Deal
Xbox Series X | $499.99 on Amazon
Although Amazon will probably have the most stock out of all the retailers listed here, that popularity means it’ll be snapped up just as fast. We suggest moving very, very quickly to avoid missing out on the next-gen console.View Deal
Xbox Series X | $499.99 at Microsoft
Naturally, one of the retailers with the most stock has proven to be Microsoft. Although this deal doesn’t come with any extras or bonus items like spare controllers, it’ll get you the console come launch day this November 10.View Deal
Xbox Series S | $299.99 at Amazon
Amazon is also selling the cheaper Series S model, but don’t expect that to last for too long. Even though it probably has the most stock out of all the stores here, that means it’s also got the most customers to serve.View Deal
Xbox Series S | $299.99 at Microsoft
The far cheaper Series S model has of course gone on sale at Microsoft’s official online store, and if the console’s performance in the UK is anything to go by, there will still be plenty to go around even when other retailers sell out.View Deal
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If you’re curious about picking up a PS5 too, stay tuned to our guide on the latest PS5 pre-orders.