Microsoft will give Xbox Insiders a chance to reserve an Xbox Series S or X

Polycount

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Next-gen stock dilemmas: Console enthusiasts have been desperately trying to get their hands on one of Sony and Microsoft's next-gen devices for months, but with limited success. When stock is available, it sells out almost immediately to auto-purchase bots and scalpers. However, if you're willing to stick with the Green Team this generation, Microsoft might have a better purchasing solution for you now -- so long as you're an Xbox One Insider.

Microsoft's Xbox Insider Twitter account today announced something it's calling the "Console Purchase Pilot". The Pilot is a test program that aims to help dedicated Xbox fans get their hands on one of Microsoft's newest consoles with minimal competition.

So, how does this work, and how can you become eligible for the Pilot? For starters, you'll need an Xbox One -- any model will do. If you already own one, the next step is heading to the Microsoft Store to download the free Xbox Insider bundle. This bundle includes both the Xbox Insider Hub and the "Report a problem" app.

Next, just boot up the Insider Hub app and agree to the Terms and Conditions to become an Xbox Insider. Voila -- that's all you need to do. If you're lucky, Microsoft will shoot you an invite to reserve an Xbox Series S or X directly from your device... sort of. In reality, you'll be sent an invite to register for the opportunity to reserve one of the consoles. Even following these steps, you aren't guaranteed to get one; stock just isn't plentiful enough for that.

However, your odds of success definitely go up with this tactic versus trying your luck on Walmart, Amazon, or any other bot-ridden online storefront. Furthermore, since Microsoft calls this a "Pilot," we assume the program could be expanded in the future if it's received well. We certainly hope so, anyway: though our own Cal Jeffrey was lucky enough to get his hands on a PS5 earlier this year, some of our other staff members (not to mention our readers) haven't been so lucky.

Masthead credit: TechRadar

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psycros

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There's really no excuse for manufacturers not getting their products to their most supportive fans first. Most of the people who put in the time on the forums, who participate in betas and all the other community-driven experiences are providing their REAL identiies to Microsoft and other console makers. Its easy to verify that their not just bots or creative scalpers. Going beyond the insider crowd, console companies could even work with big retailers to limit each buyer to no more than two units. Sharing info on purchasers would do wonders to crack down on that nonsense..heck, I bet their already doing it for marketing purposes.
 

Dimitriid

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I can't decide if "You have to own the obsolete console first" is worst than Newegg's program of "You have to buy a motherboard or PSU or ram you don't need if you want to enter A CHANCE to give us scalper money for a GPU"

I hope this motivates people to at least consider scaling down on the hype for new products: both consoles and GPUs.
 

dangh

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Interesting how demand is different in other countries. Many European countries have xbox on shelves.
I guess those limitations will last until most world population is vaccinated.
 

dnous

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Interesting how demand is different in other countries. Many European countries have xbox on shelves.
I guess those limitations will last until most world population is vaccinated.
Which countries would that be? In the Netherlands and Germany they're both out of stock at retailers.