Gaming fans may have as much trouble with pre-orders for Xbox Series X and S tomorrow as they have with PlayStation 5 pre-orders last week. According to several GameStop employees who spoke to GamesBeat, the offer for the new Xbox consoles is even less than for Sony’s computers. Gamestop reps said they have about half as many Xbox Series X and S systems as PlayStation 5s. This will likely result in the console selling out immediately after pre-ordering.
I have asked Microsoft for a comment on this story and I will update it with each new statement. I also reach out to other retailers to inquire about their offers.
For GameStop, this can have an impact on who can even get a system. At least one sales district values bundles and attachment rates versus “bare”
But even in stores that sell consoles themselves, you will likely find these Xbox systems sell out quickly. After querying about 10 locations, these stores appear to have between 5 and 10 Xbox Series X consoles and only 2 to 4 Xbox Series S systems. Each store reported having roughly twice as many PlayStation 5 devices compared to Series X and twice as many PS5: Digital Editions compared to Series S.
This does not say anything about how quickly Microsoft can replenish inventory. Fewer Xbox systems in retail stores might not sting too painfully if the company can consistently allocate more products ahead of the console’s November 10th debut.