KEY POINTS

  • Pre-orders for the Xbox Series X and Series will start next week
  • Players will be able to pre-order their consoles starting September 22 via select retailers
  • The consoles will also be offered via the Xbox All Access program for a low monthly payment 

Microsoft has announced that pre-orders for their next-generation consoles, the Xbox Series X and Series S will begin next week.

Starting September 22, players will be able to pre-order both the Xbox Series X, Microsoft’s “most powerful console ever made” and the small-but-packs-a-punch Series S. By November 10, both units will be available in 37 counties and will go up to 41 just in time for the holidays, the company said in a recent blog.

The United States and Canada will have the first crack in pre-ordering the Series X and Series S starting at 11:00 a.m. ET/ 8:00 a.m. PT, alongside the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. U.S. retailers who will take charge of taking orders will include the Microsoft Store, Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Walmart, Target, Sam’s Club and Newegg.

Xbox Series X The Xbox Series X. Photo: Microsoft/Official

Pre-orders across Europe and the Middle East can place their pre-orders online starting at 9:00 a.m. CEST via the Microsoft Store, Amazon, MediaMarkt, GameStop and FNAC, among others.

The Xbox Series X and Series S can also be had via the Xbox All Access program. Players can get the console of their choice plus 24 months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription for a monthly payment of either $25 or $35, said Engadget.

Players can also get the standalone consoles via All Access starting September 22 in select retail shops in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. U.S. retailers include Best Buy, GameStop, the Microsoft Store and Walmart.

Microsoft said pre-orders using All Access will not be available in Canada, France, Poland and South Korea on September 22, but will be available when the consoles launch this holiday.

Microsoft’s pre-order announcement came after rival Sony went live with its PlayStation 5 pre-orders Thursday. The Verge said Walmart’s pre-order slots were gone “in about a minute.” Amazon also sold out all PS5 pre-orders in 20 minutes. Even GameStop, who bundled the console with extra controllers and accessories and raised the price tags, also sold out, said IGN

The Xbox Series X will be available for $499, while the Series S is priced at $299. The Sony PlayStation 5 with disc drive costs $499, while the Digital Edition comes in with a $399 sticker price.