Microsoft is launching a new Console Purchase Pilot for Xbox One owners in the US struggling to get their hands on a new Xbox Series X or Series S console. The program is now live in the Xbox Insider Hub, and but Microsoft will only allow select Xbox Insiders in the US to register.
Today we're introducing the Console Purchase Pilot, allowing US #XboxInsiders on Xbox One to register for a chance to reserve an Xbox Series X|S console. Check the Xbox Insider Hub on Xbox One for details. Limited space is available and not all who register will be selected. pic.twitter.com/MBkQmbSDWc
— Xbox Insider (@xboxinsider) May 11, 2021
Even though Microsoft’s Xbox Series X and Series S launched six months ago, the next-gen consoles remain very hard to find. The problem has been aggravated by scalpers doing their best to purchase consoles to make a profit.
Sony has been facing a similar issue with its PlayStation 5 console, and the company has tried to tackle it by sending email invites to enthusiasts interested in pre-ordering a PS5 from the company's PlayStation Direct website.
Last month, Microsoft’s CFO Amy Hood said during the company’s FY2021 Q3 earning calls that “significant demand for the Xbox Series X and S will continue to be constrained by supply." The ongoing chip shortages are currently affecting many industries, and it could be months before next-gen consoles become widely available.