The launch of a new generation of consoles is finally here, renewing not only the console wars, but also the battle to buy one of the coveted machines on launch day.
While the PS5 launches on November 12, the Xbox Series X and S launched on November 10.
While not all retailers are selling the consoles for the same price, the ideal price for the Series X is $499, so keep an eye out.
We've included a few links to help anyone hunting for one of Microsoft's graphics powerhouses, in addition to news on how to celebrate if one of the rare initial-release consoles makes it home.
'Very limited' numbers for Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S
It's typical to see incredibly long queues and "out of stock" signs on console launch days, so getting one early is by no means guaranteed.
Preorders are flying off of the proverbial shelves for the Xbox Series X and Series S, but there are also several online and physical stores still available for gamers.
On Twitter, GameStop said it will have a "very limited" number of the consoles available online and at stores when they open at 7:00 AM EST.
With COVID-19 restrictions in place, it's important to call any stores ahead of time before going in person. Even without the restrictions, checking ahead is likely to save time, since no store is guaranteed to have one in stock.
GameStop, Best Buy, and Target have all announced they will have online and in-store contactless/drive up orders available, while Walmart has announced it will sell the console online only.
Where to buy the new Xbox lines, how to celebrate
For online sales — though stocks may already be exhausted — the best places to check are Microsoft (Series X, Series S), Amazon (Series X, Series S), Walmart (Series X, Series S), Best Buy (Series X, Series S), and Target (Series X, Series S).
For those who have managed to snag one of the much sought after machines and simply want to bask in the glory of a new console generation launch, be sure to have a look at our list of best Xbox accessories.
The 𝙣𝙚𝙭𝙩 𝙜𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 of gaming is coming❗ The @Xbox Series X | S will be available only ONLINE on November 10 at 12 PM ET, meaning that you have five days to practice your F5 skills. 😉 pic.twitter.com/qeBqaX8DPE— Walmart (@Walmart) November 5, 2020
The celebration livestream will start on November 10 at 11 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. ET on YouTube, Twitch, and Facebook Gaming and will feature information on Xbox games like Gears 5, Destiny 2, Forza Horizon 4, Watch Dogs: Legion, Tetris Effect Connected, and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.
A 20-foot replica of the silver prosthetic hand owned by Keanu Reeves' character in the upcoming triple-A title Cyberpunk 2077 will also be controllable "using nothing but emojis," the Xbox team explained in a press release. That sounds almost as OTT as the recent Xbox Series X fridge reveal that you can see in the video below.
UPDATE Nov. 10, 2:00 PM EDT: Xbox Series X, Series S upcoming games
The next generation of gaming with Microsoft will feature "the largest most diverse launch lineup in Xbox history," according to a blog post on Xbox's official website.
Lucky owners of the rare consoles sill have more than 40 new games playable right away, including 30 games capable of Smart Delivery — which will automatically optimize games for the console in question.
New games for Microsoft's Xbox Series X and Series S include "Watch Dogs: Legion," "Assasin's Creed Valhalla," "Gears Tactics," "Yakuza: Like a Dragon," and "Tetris Effect: Connected," along with many other options.
More immersive games coming to the new consoles before the end of the year include "Destiny 2: Beyond" (on Nov. 10), "Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War" (on Nov. 13), and the long-awaited "Cyberpunk 2077," on Dec. 10 in time for the holidays.
There are many more games coming to Microsoft's Xbox Series X and Series S, like "Gears 5" and "Halo: The Master Chief Collection" — the latter of which is newly-optimized to run at 4K 120 frames per second. But until we manage to buy one for ourselves, all we can do is wait with bated breath.
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