Xbox Series X and S pre-orders have begun to go live in several regions and both consoles have proven extremely popular with most major retailers selling out in under half an hour.
Australia and New Zealand were the first two countries to open their pre-orders, at the previously announced 8AM time, and demand was so high that customers began experiencing website timeouts and error messages.
Thanks to @EBGamesAus I have likely missed out on a Launch Xbox Series X. Despite being ready half an hour prior and clicking checkout within seconds of it going live. "error connecting" and then "too many attempts". thanks EB games, I cant Imagine why your business struggles.
— Michael Frasca (@mikes__gaming) September 21, 2020
A lot of the big gaming stores sold out literally within minutes in both Australia and New Zealand leaving many gamers frantically searching for alternative places to pre-order their next gen Xbox consoles.
Even Xbox All Access payment plans for the new consoles seemed to be selling out online though many customers found that signing up via online support or in person at a store worked as an alternative.
According to multiple readers, Xbox All Access (Telstra) isn't sold out of Wave 1 (launch stock) if you go through live chat or into a store. Worth at try if you want it over 24 months. https://t.co/GkE3wZpqKu
— PressStartAustralia (@PressStartAU) September 22, 2020
A similar scenario unfolded in India when pre-orders went live there.
Looks like Xbox Series X is Out of Stock in India pic.twitter.com/QqeFPMIljG
— Utsav Techie (@utsavtechie) September 22, 2020
And the UK also saw massive demand for both consoles with gamers scrambling to find a supplier that was still in stock. In most cases, the cheaper Xbox Series S console was easier to find though just barely.
Xbox Series X seems to be sold out in most places in UK, only Series S seems to be available, this console is a good choice is if you are looking to upgrade from the Xbox One
— PlayStationHaX (@PlayStationHaX) September 22, 2020
In most cases, Amazon seems to be selling out first with other major electronic chains following soon after. As expected, the official Microsoft Store website has the most Xbox consoles in stock and has proven itself to be a reliable alternative for more looking to lock in a pre-order for launch day. As the day progresses and more pre-orders open around the world, we'll likely see similar situations in various regions.