Series X Launch

Next-gen has arrived! Well, for some… Microsoft’s newest consoles the Xbox Series X and Series S launched today, November 10th! Those lucky enough to land a pre-order have begun to receive their orders. But not all. In fact, this day has quickly turned into a day of frustration for many. Did you get your order or has this series x launch day left you staring at a blank tv?

In the days leading up to today’s launch, many fans received a heartbreaking email informing them that their orders wouldn’t arrive until the end of the year. This was especially prevalent with Amazon orders. The email read as follows:

“We expect to ship your console in the coming weeks as we receive more inventory in November and December. At this time, we anticipate that you will receive your Xbox Series X by 12/31 or before. We are making every effort to get it to you as soon as possible and apologize for any inconvenience.”

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Amazon Email

Immediately, the internet began to worry. Would their consoles arrive on time? We at MysteryBlock didn’t receive this particular email from Amazon…yet. We did, however, have one of our Series X Amazon orders delayed until Thursday. According to Reddit, some GameStop orders are experiencing a slight delay as well.

To add further fuel to the already growing fire both Microsoft and Sony have said that there would be no consoles sold in-store and would instead opt for online pick up or drive by order. We can assume that this is a way to deter crowds during launch, Black Friday, and upcoming Holiday shopping. After all, we are still amidst a pandemic. GameStop appears to be the only retailer to have a few units in stock in stores. Finally, just hours before launch, retailers put up their remaining pre-order stock on all major retail websites. Including, the Microsoft Store, in a final push to sell the consoles. 

It hasn’t been all doom and gloom! Walmart pre-orders began arriving as early as last week. Taco Bell $5 Box winners began receiving theirs a few days early as well. We can only hope that Sony’s PlayStation launch fairs better than Microsoft’s. In the upcoming days, we will be previewing both the Series X and PlayStation 5 and giving our impressions on the newest generation of consoles. 

Will you be picking up the Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S? Was your order delayed? Let us know in the comments below!

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