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    Xbox Series X pre-orders – get your hands on the next-gen console first

    After months of waiting, we now know precisely when and where we’ll be able to put down Xbox Series X pre-orders. Select retailers will begin taking pre-orders for both the Xbox Series X and its little sibling, the Xbox Series S, on Tuesday, September 22.  That’s hardly any time at all, so expect there to be pandemonium on the day as everyone tries to secure their next-gen console. Especially because of how difficult it’s ended up being to get a PS5 – stores are selling out of the Sony machine across the board, and some websites are actually crashing. For those reasons, it’s crucial to know exactly what time of day and which retailers are taking Xbox Series X/S pre-orders. And lucky for you, we’ve got all that information right here. Check out the table below, straight from Microsoft, for Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S pre-order times and retailers for your specific region:

     

    • United States (8AM PT): Microsoft Store, Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Walmart, Target, Sam’s Club, Newegg, and other participating retailers
    • Canada (8AM PT): Microsoft Store, Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, EB Games, The Source, and other participating retailers
    • UK (8AM BST): Microsoft Store, GAME, Amazon, Dixons, Currys PC World, Argos, John Lewis, Smyths Toys, VERY, AO, Tesco, Simply Game, Shopto and other participating retailers
    • Australia (8AM AEST): Microsoft Store, JB Hifi, EB Games, Telstra, Harvey Norman, and other participating retailers
    • New Zealand (8AM NZST): Microsoft Store, JB HiFi, EB Games, Spark, and other participating retailers

    Xbox Series X pre-order – US
    It’s never easy making the financial commitment for a next-gen console, but at least we’ve got a little while yet to save; although Xbox Series X pre-orders go live much sooner, the console (and the cheaper Xbox Series S) will launch, and thus be available, this November 10, 2020. It’s unlikely you’ll have to pay the $499 / £449.99 / AU$749 cost upfront when committing to an Xbox Series X pre-order, so you’ve got a couple of months to make sure you’ve squirreled away enough cash to grab the next generation machine from Microsoft.

    Not that you have to shell out the Xbox Series X price in one go, of course. You can also pay $34.99 / £28.99 / AU$46 per month for 24 months via Xbox All Access. Happily, the service also gets you two years of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate as well.

    In the US, it might be best to check with the big names first, like Amazon, Walmart, Target, as they’re likely to receive an equally massive number of consoles, so you stand a better chance of getting the console there. If the chaos of the PS5 pre-orders are anything to go by, you’ll need all the help you can get.

    If you can, it might be worth investigating stores where you can pick up your order in person (like Best Buy). Then you don’t need to wait for delivery, worry about possible postal delays, or have anxiety over whether you’ll be at home or not when it arrives.

    Here are quick and easy links for when Xbox Series X pre-orders go live. Bookmark this page and pop back on September 22 for updates on which websites have stock and where to get the best deals.

    Xbox Series X pre-order – UK
    If you’re based in the UK, you can bet on the usual suspects providing lots of Xbox Series X pre-orders. That means Amazon, Currys, Argos, John Lewis, and Game should be your first ports of call when looking for stock. Because they’re the biggest retailers with the most clout, they’re likely to get the most consoles in to sell. In other words, you stand a better chance of getting the console there than somewhere less mainstream.

    It’s a good idea to think about in-store collections, too. Many of us will be at work on the console’s Tuesday 10 November release date, so being able to grab your order in person (safely) avoids any awkwardness of your Xbox not being delivered.

    No matter which retailer you choose, it’s a good idea to get up nice and early. As revealed by the Xbox UK Marketing Lead on Twitter, pre-orders for the next-gen console (and the Series S, in fact) open at 8AM BST. We’d suggest moving quickly to avoid disappointment, because you can guarantee there’s going to be a lot of interest.

    To make sure you can put in your Xbox Series X pre-order as quickly as possible, we’ve gathered up some quick links to the retailers most likely to have stock. Be sure to bookmark this page and come back on September 22 for updates.

    Xbox Series X pre-order – Australia
    For Australian readers seeking an outright purchase, the options are currently limited to the most obvious candidates: Amazon, JB Hi-Fi and EB Games. Given the size of these retailers, they’ll likely have the biggest pool of stock for Australians.

    Of course, you can also order direct from the Microsoft Store, where pre-orders will likely open on September 22 along with the rest.

    There’s also the option of taking up an Xbox All Access subscription – we’ve included info on that alongside links to the biggest retailers below, but you’d be well advised to bookmark this page so you can keep abreast of pre-order related developments ahead of September 22.

     

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    Xbox Series X price and bundles: when can we expect the deals to arrive?

    The Xbox Series X price has finally been announced after months of speculation: you’ll be able to get your hands on it for $499 in the US, £429 in the UK, and AU$749 this November 10 2020. In the meantime, Xbox Series X pre-orders will open on September 22 2020.

    Get next-gen first: Xbox Series X pre-orders
    If you’re in the UK, you can start putting cash down pretty early; as confirmed by the Xbox UK Marketing Lead via Twitter, pre-orders open at 8AM BST. We’ve not heard when international orders begin, but it stands to reason that they’ll go live shortly afterwards. Either way, we expect them to sell out fast considering how low the Xbox Series X price is. The PS5 certainly did.

    This announcement may feel like it’s dropped out of the blue, but that’s probably because the Xbox Series X price was leaked ahead of time earlier this week. That led to the unveiling of the Xbox Series S (which is also launching November 10) and the Xbox Series S price for a much lower $299 / £249.

    Frankly, it’s about time we had some hard numbers. That November 10 release date is fast-approaching, so the fact we didn’t have an Xbox Series X price until now was starting to worry us. Now we can put those anxieties to bed at long last – especially because it’s not nearly as expensive as we’d feared.

    This is in line with what Microsoft’s been saying all along. More specifically, Xbox boss Phil Spencer explained how the company’s trying to make the Xbox Series X price more affordable earlier this year. He said that Microsoft has been asking itself “how can we make [the console] as affordable as possible? How can we give buyers choice?”

    That question of choice will be an interesting one to follow in the coming months. How will the system compare in performance to its rival, the PlayStation 5? We now know that the PS5 price is identical to the Series X, for example, so will it be a close-run race? We’ll have to wait and see as PS5 pre-orders pick up steam.

    Either way, we win as gamers. The Xbox Series X price won’t break the bank in the way many of us feared, and because of everything that was announced at the recent Xbox Game Showcase (including a new Fable and Obsidian’s latest RPG, Avowed), that’s welcome news.

    For more details on the Xbox Series X price, read on. If you want updates as and when they happen, you can also sign up for email alerts below.

    We have an Xbox Series X price at long last, and it’s… well, cheaper than we expected. You can see how much the next-gen console will cost in your region below. And remember, reservations begin at 8am September 22.

    US: $499
    UK: £449.99
    AU: $749

    Yes, $500 / £450 / $749 is still a lot of money to drop on a next-gen console. But realistically, it could have been so much worse. Thanks to a technical breakdown of the confirmed Xbox Series X specs, it should probably be more expensive than it is. We’ve got more details on the console’s innards below, but the addition of a super-fast Solid State Drive (‘SSD’ for short), highly advanced Zen 2 processing cores, and a graphics card that’s capable of ray tracing is… well, all that costs a lot of money.

    Plus, there are other ways of paying for the Xbox Series X; it’s not just a case of buying the console wholesale. The Series X is also available for $34.99 per month in the US, £28.99p/m in the UK, and $46p/m in Australia via Xbox All Access, a scheme that allows you to pay off the console over the course of 24 months. Xbox All Access also gets you 24 months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate as well, so it’s a pretty great deal all round (thanks to Game Pass’ constantly evolving library of games, you wouldn’t have to buy anything else for a while). It may even be one of the most sensible options – it actually ends up saving you money in the long run, even if only a little bit.

    Just remember, there aren’t many stores besides Microsoft offering Xbox All Access right now. Gamestop has that honor in the US, while Game and Smyths are the retailers of choice for UK All Access.

     

     

    Source: https://www.gamesradar.com

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    Pre ordered mine

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    Pre ordered mine

    Nice – A friend of mine could not  pre-order one online so ended up going to Smyths toys and pre-ordering over the counter. he was so happy that the new  Xbox Series X has 120fps at 4K

    I am going to wait for any Xmas offers

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    I tried two sites at 8am, Game – I joined the queue which would of taken over an hour to get to the front.  And Currys – I joined the queue in 1757th Place which took 10 minutes to get to the front and managed to place my order before stocks ran out.

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    Patience paid off then, was there an option to part exchange you existing Xbox 1 X ?

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    I did not see that option.  Not sure what to do with my Project Scorpio edition One X yet, I may chuck it on an auction site.

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    I did not see that option. Not sure what to do with my Project Scorpio edition One X yet, I may chuck it on an auction site.

    That is what Nieces and Nephews are for at Xmas

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