Microsoft will open pre-orders for its next-generation consoles on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 8 a.m. PDT/11 a.m. EDT. Those interested in buying the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles can order from Amazon, Target, Best Buy, Costco, Sam’s Club, GameStop, Newegg, Walmart, and Army and Airforce Exchange Service.
On Wednesday, Microsoft threw a little shade at its competitor, Sony, which had a chaotic pre-order frenzy. “Don’t worry — we’ll let you know the exact time pre-orders start for you soon,” Microsoft tweeted. Shortly after timing and pricing for the new PlayStation consoles was announced on Wednesday, pre-orders started surprise-opening at certain retailers, despite official word saying it’d begin Thursday. Websites crashed, and consoles quickly sold out.
Microsoft appears to be trying to avoid a similar situation, giving people time to plan their buys.
Pre-order September 22— Xbox (@Xbox) September 17, 2020
Worldwide launch in 36 countries November 10
(don’t worry - we’ll let you know the exact time pre-orders start for you soon) pic.twitter.com/SLUrrtszyN
Pre-order links will be available early next week, Microsoft said in its news release. The Xbox Series S — the smaller, disc-less console — will cost $299. The more powerful Xbox Series X will cost $499. Both consoles can be bought on a payment plan that includes 24 months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, with Xbox Series S at $24.99 for 24 months, and Xbox Series X at $34.99 for 24 months.