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How to secure a pre-order of the Xbox Series X or S

Everyone wants a next-gen console! Here's how to make sure you get your hands on a pre-order of the Xbox Series X or S.
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October 21, 2020

After this pretty hectic year, it’s awesome that we’re finally hearing some more details about next-gen consoles. Xbox recently announced that the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S would both be releasing on November 10, 2020. And so far, it looks like Microsoft is still on track for this release date – no delays as of yet due to the pandemic.

The Xbox Series X is the fancy next-gen console, the one with all the bells and whistles. The Series X is priced at $499.99. Then, it’s little brother, the Xbox Series S, is priced at only $299.99, but the specs aren’t as good as the Series X specs. Still, the Series S is a fantastic next-gen option for people wanting to save money but still experience upgraded performance from last-gen consoles.

Related: Xbox Series S specs: 1440p gaming, high refresh rate, all-digital (Updated)

Both consoles were available to pre-order September 22, 2020. As of right now, they seem to be sold out pretty much everywhere. But retailers will most certainly restock more pre-orders and there should be plenty of consoles available to buy at launch on November 10.

How to pre-order Xbox Series X or S

If you want to pre-order an Xbox Series X or S, you’ll want to monitor Twitter and retail websites pretty frequently. Pre-orders sell out in a matter of minutes after being stocked on retailer websites.

Here are a few great Twitter accounts to follow:

Make sure you change your notification settings for the Twitter accounts you choose to follow.

Other than that, it’s really just a waiting game to see when more pre-orders are going to be stocked. I would guess that maybe sometime within the next few days or weeks, there will be another round of available pre-orders. Make sure you keep a watchful eye on everything because usually after people notice pre-orders are live, they sell out within a matter of minutes.

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Where to pre-order Xbox Series X or S

Below is a comprehensive list of where you can purchase the Xbox Series X or S depending on your location. You may be able to purchase an Xbox Series X or S at another participating retailer, but these are the biggest retailers that you’ll most likely find more pre-orders for purchase.

  • US: Microsoft Store, Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Target, Sam’s Club, Newegg
  • UK: Microsoft Store, Amazon, Currys PC World, Dixons, Argos, John Lewis, Smyths Toys
  • Canada: Microsoft Store, Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy, The Source, and EB Games
  • Australia: Microsoft Store, EB Games, Telstra, JB Hifi, Harvey Norman
  • New Zealand: Microsoft Store, EB Games, JB Hifi, Spark
  • Europe/Middle East/Africa: Microsoft Store, Amazon, GameStop, MediaMarkt, FNAC, Elkjøp/Elgiganten

Here are a few direct links for the largest retailers you can use to easily check out whether there are currently any pre-orders in stock.

Amazon

Newegg

You may want to check out Xbox All Access

Xbox All Access allows you to get a new console (either Xbox Series X or S) and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate without having to pay everything up front. And if you’re already planning on getting Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, it’s actually cheaper for you to get this bundle.

For Xbox Series X, the payment plan for Xbox All Access is $34.99 + tax per month for 24 months. This is a total of $839.76 with a 0% interest rate. To buy all of this separately, you would be spending $859.75 + tax. That’s $499.99 for the console and $359.76 for 24 months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate at $14.99 per month.

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For Xbox Series S, the payment plan for Xbox All Access is $24.99 + tax per month for 24 months. This is a total of $599.76with a 0% interest rate. To buy all of this separately, you would be spending $659.75+ tax. That includes the same price for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for 24 months and the Xbox Series S console for $299.99.

The Xbox All Access payment plans are a fantastic option for people who don’t have the money in their budget to buy a new console and games all at once. By getting this bundle, you get your new next-gen console + a ton of games to play with it automatically without having to spend any additional money.

Here’s everywhere you can pre-order Xbox All Access:

Right now, pretty much all of the pre-orders are sold out for Xbox All Access. But again, as with the console pre-orders, more pre-orders for Xbox All Access will become available again prior to launch. It looks like Best Buy and Walmart might not have listed their Xbox All Access pre-orders yet, so if this sounds like something you want, be sure to monitor their websites just in case they go live.