What you need to know
- The Xbox Series X and S are the next-gen gaming powerhouses Microsoft is releasing later this year.
- They've already been up for pre-order, but supplies sold out quite fast, and lots of people were left without a guarantee.
- Best Buy may have some more Xbox Series X and S stock up for pre-order, but you'll have to act fast.
- It's not clear how much longer they'll have stock, but or just how intermittent availability is, but you may be able to nab a pre-order.
The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S represent Microsoft's gaming vision for the future, with a barrage of high-end gaming features never seen before in console gaming. Xbox Series X and S pre-orders are already pretty much done, but sporadic stock has appeared at some retailers. Now, it seems Best Buy is showing stock for both next-gen consoles, although intermittently, so people may be able to secure pre-orders for a limited time. If you were looking for a chance to pre-order Microsoft's upcoming next-gen gaming powerhouses, be sure to keep an eye on Best Buy (links below) to see if stock is still available.
The Xbox Series X is the beefy boi of the bunch, targeting a crispy 4K resolution at up to 120fps with its absurd 12TF of gaming prowress. The Xbox Series S, on the other hand, is aiming to offer a true next-gen gaming experience, with most of the same exact features as the Xbox Series S, but targeting a much lower 1440p resolution instead, and no disc drive. With these compromises, you get a much smaller console and price tag.
You can also check out some of the new Xbox Series X and S accessories to go along with your new console, to get the most out of what next-gen has to offer. With support for up to 120fps, Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), and HDR, you might also consider investing in one of the best TV's for Xbox Series X and S.
The full next-gen experience.
Xbox Series X is Microsoft's new flagship, as its most powerful console with over 12TF GPU performance and a custom SSD. It boasts up to 4K resolution and 120 FPS, full backward compatibility across four generations, and ray-tracing support.
Power for less
Experience next-gen gaming for less.
Microsoft serves the next-generation for less with its budget-friendly Xbox Series S. The console packs the same high-performance CPU and SSD technology as Xbox Series X, while scaling back the GPU and removing the disc drive.
Xbox Series X/S
Zachary Boddy (They / Them) is a Staff Writer primarily focused on covering the latest news, the best Xbox and PC games, and the most interesting hardware. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life, and have been with Windows Central and its sister sites since 2019. While originally brought on to write about all things Minecraft, Zachary has since expanded to write about practically everything that Windows Central covers. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.
Too slow. Sold out again by the time I got there 90 minutes after the time stamp on this article.
I wish MS would just let us queue up and buy it now on their site and ship them as they receive them.
Whenever I tried to pre-order on the Microsoft store it asked me what retailer do I want to pre-order from. and shows a list of retailers that are already sold out. It doesn't give the option to pre-order on their site 🙄 But I did to manage to land an Xbox series s pre-order from gamestop Friday through their app
Between scalpers and people wanting the console(s) at launch, they sell out quickly. I've managed to nab every generation of xbox at launch (luckily) including a series x (from MS direct when they initially did preorders)
I completed my preorder for Xbox Series X All Access on the Microsoft Store today! Arriving on 11/12/20. It was frustrating and disappointing when it didn't work on Sep 22, but Microsoft followed through and sent me emails to finish my order. I didn't even contact customer support or anything, they contacted me about it and then two weeks later sent me a direct link via email to complete the order. Really good on them to correct the issue, they didn't have to do that.
I was going to use my Invoke gift cards to put towards purchasing one but even though the terms say the gift cards are good for one year, they are expiring at the of the month! When I try to contact them on the phone it only directs you to an online Q&A. I have tried emailing but they go unanswered. I hope I have FINALLY learned my lesson and will never buy a Microsoft product ever again. (except Xbox...)
What do problems with your Invoke gift card have to do with Microsoft?
The gift cards were issued by Microsoft because of pulling Cortana Support. I was just ticked off last night and venting about one more thing Microsoft has done to lose consumers.
Again though, it's not Microsoft's fault that Invoke is having an issue. It's also not their fault you haven't used them yet.
Microsoft chose to remove Cortana functionality from the Invoke and remedied this by giving out giftcards that once redeemed must be used within one year. After redeeming them Microsoft changed it to only being good for 90 days. The only way you find this out is when they send out an email stating they expire in 30 days.
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