Xbox Series X Pre-order Date and Time Confirmed After Chaotic PS5 Pre-orders

Following the chaotic PS5 pre-orders, Microsoft has laid out the time and date when Xbox Series X and Series S pre-orders will open and where fans will be able to pre-order the console.

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Microsoft has confirmed when Xbox fans will be able to pre-order an Xbox Series X or Series S. Players hoping to get their hands on one of the company’s next-gen consoles should be ready to pounce on digital storefronts on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 11 am ET.

Retailers that will begin taking pre-orders at that time include Amazon, Target, Walmart, Best Buy, Costco, GameStop, and Newegg.

The details come from the Xbox PR via GamesBeat editor Jeff Grubb, who shared a screengrab of the Xbox Series X pre-order details on Twitter:

According to GameSpot, Xbox Series X and Series S pre-orders will begin in the UK at BST at retailers such as the Microsoft Store, Amazon, GAME, Argos, Currys PC World, Smyths Toys, and more.

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“Set your alarm for the pre-order date as supplies are limited,” the press release from the Xbox PR team read. Xbox fans can only hope that Xbox Series X and Series S pre-orders will run much more smoothly than this week’s PS5 pre-orders, which turned into pure chaos when retailers opened pre-orders earlier than planned. It didn’t help that Sony barely gave its community any actual notice that pre-orders would commence on Sept. 17, sending out a matter-of-fact reply on a Twitter thread:

Walmart was the first to open pre-orders ahead of schedule, launching just after the PS5 showcase on Sept. 16, and Best Buy, Target, and GameStop quickly followed suit. Amazon opened its own pre-orders right before midnight. The result was about what you’d expect. Some digital storefronts went down as they were flooded by customers scrambling to secure a PS5 pre-order. Other customers were unable to check out, while some couldn’t even put a PS5 in their carts. Most retailers sold out of PS5s within minutes. It was a mess.

This tweet pretty much sums it all up:

Even Xbox couldn’t help but take a shot at Sony, responding to the unruly PS5 pre-order process over Twitter and promising fans that they’ll “know the exact time pre-orders start” for the Xbox Series X and Series S ahead of time. The team has seemingly kept its promise.

Will fans have an easier time pre-ordering the Xbox Series X and Series S consoles next week? Time will tell. But at least Xbox fans won’t be caught by surprise.

The Xbox Series X and Series S will launch on Nov. 10. The Series X will cost $499 while the Series S will retail for $299, the cheapest of the next-gen consoles on offer this holiday.