Xbox Series X Preorder Guide: Menu
Xbox Series X pre-orders finally went live today, but as expected they flew off the digital shelve almost instantly! Don't worry, if you didn't get your chance to grab a new Xbox console today you will get another chance soon. The first wave of pre-orders may have been grabbed by eager gamers all around the world but another wave of pre-orders will be coming soon.
Xbox Series X preorders are NOW LIVE in the USA, UK and Australia, and directly below you can find the very best places to tap up in order to get your console secured, be that the flagship, most powerful console in the world Series X, or the digital-only bargain that is the Xbox Series S.
So far it has been absolutely chaos in terms of retailers and Xbox Series X preorders. Entire stores have been crashing under the weight of gamers looking to preorder, while stock at others has run out in mere minutes.
Other stores have held fire, and are looking to go a little later after the starting gun is fired, so while many retails are now out of stock, there is still hope. Be sure to check out this Xbox Series X preorder guide regularly, as it is updated every 15 minutes.
Xbox Series X pre-orders in stock now
Xbox Series S pre-orders in stock now
The Xbox Series X price is $499 / £449 / €499 / AU$749, while the Xbox Series S comes in at $299 / £250 / €249 / AU$499.
So just where should you place your Xbox Series X pre-order and which store should get your Xbox Series S pre-order?
Below you can find the very best Xbox Series X pre-orders in stock now, as well as a comprehensive rundown of the very best places to pre-order both Microsoft consoles in the USA, UK and Australia.
You can also find information on the Xbox Series S, including why you should buy it, as well as details on Xbox All Access payment program, which could be a game-changer for many as it allows you pay for the console monthly instead of all in one go.
Xbox Series X pre-orders: top retailers [USA]
Amazon US now has the Xbox Series X listed and up for sale at $499.99. The website is having some major problems, though, and keeps hanging and crashing. Gamers are reporting it is dropping in and out of stock.
UPDATE: Amazon is currently sold out of Xbox Series X pre-orders. Be sure to check back soon!View Deal
The official Microsoft Store is now out of stock of Xbox Series X consoles. The Xbox Series S is still in stock, though.
UPDATE: Microsoft is officially out of Xbox Series X pre-orders as well as Xbox Series S pre-orders, but check back soon for another chance!View Deal
Walmart's Xbox Series X preorders are now sold out. It is also out of stock of the Xbox Series S.
UPDATE: Walmart also is unfortunately out of Xbox Series X pre-orders, but we'll update everyone as soon as they are back in stock!View Deal
Best Buy's is currently listing the Xbox Series X as "Coming Soon". Pre-orders are expected to open any minute. Check in just to make sure nothing has gone live just now.
UPDATE: Xbox Series X pre-orders were snatched up quick from Best Buy, check back in the coming days for a second round of pre-orders!View Deal
Xbox Series X pre-orders: top retailers [UK]
Microsoft is currently leading the good fight and still have Xbox Series X consoles available for pre-order. Orders are limited to one per customer, and can be augmented with extras like secondary controllers. We'd move fast, as we're now over an hour since pre-orders went live and they won't last much longer.View Deal
Xbox Series X consoles have now sold out at Very. These lasted longer than the PS5's the retailer put up the other day, but not long enough. Worth checking back in on periodically this week for the inevitable second batch of consoles going live.View Deal
Currys has been cleaned out of its first tranche of both Xbox Series X consoles and Xbox Series S. The retailers states it is "working tirelessly to secure more stock" and that gamers should "check this page for more updates" over the next few days.View Deal
Not a retailer many would think of for game console pre-orders, but John Lewis' fantastic customer service and 2-year guarantee actually make it a great place to lock-in an Xbox Series X pre-order. No sign yet of pre-orders going live, but it can't be too long now, so keep your eyes peeled.View Deal
Smyth's Toys is also now sold out of Xbox Series X consoles. It went really late but seemed to have very little stock, as it was all claimed within minutes of going live. Hopefully more will be offered in greater number come wave two.View Deal
ShopTo sold out of its Xbox Series X consoles earlier this morning, and that was limited to one system per customer, too. It does still have the Xbox Series S in stock, though, so if you fancy the digital only new Xbox then you're in luck.View Deal
Xbox Series X pre-orders went live at GAME but then the store crashed, and displayed a sign saying the store was "currently closed for site maintenance". When the store returned to operation all its consoles had sold out. Pretty poor.View Deal
Argos seemed to be in the same boat as Very with its seemingly tiny stock gobbled up within minutes of going live. The retailer now recommends its customers to "sign up to be notified about when we have more stock".View Deal
Xbox Series X pre-orders: top retailers [AUS]
Xbox All Access in AU (PRE-ORDERS OPEN)
Interested in picking up one of Microsoft's new consoles on Xbox All Access? In Australia, prices start at AU$33 per month for Series S and AU$46 per month for Series X. If you're keen, click the button below to visit the Telstra site and pre-order right now – note that you'll need to be a Telstra post-paid mobile or broadband customer to sign up.View Deal
Microsoft Store (SERIES X OUT OF STOCK)
Microsoft weathered pre-order demand a bit better than other retailers, but they're now out of stock of the Series X. However, you can still get the Series S. Order here and you'll get free shipping, too.View Deal
EB Games (TAKING POST-LAUNCH ORDERS)
EB's launch stock of both consoles is sold out, but throughout the day it's been periodically opening up access, letting people order for post-launch delivery 'sometime in 2020'. At the time of this update, a countdown timer says more preorders will reopen at 3pm, but we'd advise checking the live page for the most up-to-date info.View Deal
JB Hi-Fi (SERIES X TEMPORARILY PAUSED)
JB has suspended its Xbox Series X pre-orders at the time of publication due to overwhelming demand, but they promise they'll re-open orders once they have confirmation of more stock. You can still pick up an Xbox Series S here.View Deal
Harvey Norman (OUT OF STOCK)
One of the official partners on Microsoft’s ‘pre-order retailers’ list, Harvey Norman has a large allocation of consoles available to pre-order right now. They're currently out of stock, with no word on whether there'll be more for now.View Deal
Xbox Series X pre-order? Or Xbox Series S pre-order?
With the next-gen Xbox, you'll essentially be deciding between a pricey and more powerful console with the Xbox Series X, or a surprisingly cheap, all-digital option, that's being touted as the smallest Xbox console ever.
While the Xbox Series S isn't packing the same premium hardware as the Xbox Series X, it boasts four times the processing powerful of the Xbox One X. The main difference between the two next-gen options is the resolution; the Xbox Series X can support 4K gaming at 60fps, while the Xbox Series S offers 1440p at 60fps.
Whichever flavor of Xbox console you opt for, you'll want to do your due diligence when it comes to making sure you're snagging the best deal; we've made that job a whole lot easier by hooking you up with retailers in your region so you can instantly find the best places to pre-order the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S in the UK, USA and Australia. You can find links to these retailers above.
Xbox Series X pre-orders: What are the console bundle options?
We haven't seen any console bundle options revealed yet – from Microsoft or other retailers – but if you were hoping for a Halo Infinite bundle, you're out of luck as the game has been delayed.
Instead, Microsoft is leaning into its Game Pass, offering four generations of titles at launch for gamers straight off the bat. No doubt we'll see bundles with upcoming titles like Cyberpunk 2077, and Assassin's Creed Valhalla for players who want to sink their teeth into a brand new game. We may even see special editions of the console in upcoming bundles, so keep an eye out.
Xbox Series X All Access
Xbox Series X All Access is a payment program that Microsoft has announced that allows gamers to pick up a next-gen console without the upfront cost – in a similar vein to smartphone contracts.
The Xbox Series X is available on All Access for $35 / £29 / AU$46 per month, while the Xbox Series S will cost $25 / £21 / AU$33 per month. The contract is for 24-months and is interest-free; it also includes 24-months of Game Pass Ultimate, offering a saving of over £100 over the duration of contract.
It is a credit agreement ultimately, so be sure to give it the same consideration you'd give any other before committing to it.
We'll add more pre-order info as we get it, but in the meantime, you can sign up to receive Xbox Series X pre-order updates to get the best deals before anyone else!