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In brief: Were you one of the lucky people who managed to grab an Xbox Series X/S pre-order this week? If you did miss out, don’t worry: Microsoft says you’ll still have a chance to buy one of its consoles on launch day.
Pre-orders for the Xbox Series X and Series S weren’t quite the shambolic fiasco that we saw with the PlayStation 5 and RTX 3080, but some sites did crumble under the pressure of people frantically trying to secure one of Microsoft’s machines—they sold out even faster than Sony’s consoles.
In a tweet from the official Xbox account, the company said it was “humbled by the record-breaking demand for Xbox Series X and S.” It added that anyone who failed to secure a pre-order should sign up with retailers for updates and expect more consoles to be available on November 10.
We are humbled by the record-breaking demand for Xbox Series X and S. Huge thanks to everyone for the excitement. 🙏— Xbox (@Xbox) September 22, 2020
If you weren't successful today be sure to sign up with retailers for updates, and expect more consoles to be available on November 10. 💚
The announcement will be welcomed by people desperate for an Xbox Series X/S on launch day, though it could mean a lengthy wait in line outside a store in the middle of a pandemic. Still, that’s unlikely to stop a lot of fans.
It’s also good news for those who bought an Xbox One X by mistake. Microsoft’s current-gen machine rocketed up 747 percent on Amazon’s Movers & Shakers chart this week as confused/tired/less tech-savvy consumers and—hopefully—bots mixed up the words “Series” and “One.”