If your tastes are a little greener than blue this season, you may have skipped the absolute mayhem that the PS5 pre-orders started earlier this week. Xbox is on the way, however, and pre-orders for the Xbox Series X and the cheaper Xbox Series S will both go live on September 22nd. Microsoft made it clear that you are getting a little more warnings than Sony has given you:
Then you have to show up if you want to try and get any of these things. But here̵
Fortunately, waiting for these things isn’t a big deal. At launch, there are no major exclusive titles on either system, and Microsoft is even keen to bring first-party exclusives to the Xbox One for about two years. If you only have one PS4 from Xbox One, you’re still in good shape to play the biggest games of the holiday season. They look a little shinier, of course, and load faster on new machines, but they’ll still run on old machines.
This has already been one of the weirdest console hype cycles in recent history, thanks to COVID-19 which turned the world off and thus provided the opportunity to reveal these things at E3 as usual, not to mention the widespread chaos behind the scenery that we have I wasn’t privy to either. However, the launch itself will also be unique, with what appears to be the smoothest transition between two generations we’ve probably ever seen, to the point where I’m not sure even the concept of “console generations” really applies to More.