If you want to get an Xbox Series X or S at launch, you’ll likely need to act fast. Last week, PS5 pre-orders opened in a confusing all-rounder after Sony’s big event where I had somehow implausibly reserved a console. Tomorrow is Microsoft̵
Pre-orders will open at different times depending on the region. Pre-orders will open on September 22, 2020. You can find all relevant information about Microsoft Xbox Wire here:
United States (8 a.m. PT)
Canada (8 a.m. PT)
UK (8 a.m.)
Australia (8 a.m.)
New Zealand (8 a.m. NZST)
“Throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa, you can pre-order online from 9 a.m. CEST online from the Microsoft Store, Amazon, MediaMarkt, GameStop, FNAC, Elkjøp / Elgiganten and other participating retailers.”
Details of where to pre-order and which retailers offer the All Access Funding program are given below.
So customers in the US want to be at their computers and be ready to go by 8:00 AM Pacific time or 11:00 AM Eastern time. The retailer choice is yours, but I’ll say Amazon has already sent out a warning that PS5s may not ship on time. Therefore I would be more careful with orders from there than from other places.
I definitely expect these things to sell out in just a few seconds, just like the PS5. This is usually the way new consoles start up and the demand for these two systems is very high. If you’re going to be less popular, I’d guess the S series, but that’s just because early sales tend to be more enthusiastic about the more powerful machine.
Ironically, it’s possible that the advance warning will result in these sell out faster than the PS5 just because people are either primed as humans or can set up bots. The PS5 pre-order mess was stressful, but if we caught people off guard, we probably bought ourselves a few precious minutes to order consoles.