Here’s Why You Can’t Pre-Order the Xbox Series X Yet

As it turns out, Microsoft has learned from its mistakes and wants everyone on the same page

The Game Awards 2019 served as the platform for Microsoft to take Project Scarlett official, calling it the Xbox Series X. As a next-gen console, the Xbox Series X has a lot to live up to, but Microsoft isn’t taking any chances.

Set to release during the 2020 holiday season, right alongside the Sony PS5, you would think that Microsoft would be itching to fill its pre-order books, but that isn’t the case. In an interview with, Jason Ronald – Xbox Partner Director of Program Management – said,

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“We think, in the end, what people want from us is … to put a controller [in their] hand. People tell me, ‘Hey, I want to pre-order right now,’ and we definitely love that–like it’s great to have those fans–but I also know that these investments aren’t trivial for families. I want to be transparent about what our design goals are.”

This comes after admitting error when the Xbox One launched so long ago. If memory serves correctly, it was $100 more expensive and it wasn’t as powerful. Microsoft eventually remedied the situation with the Xbox One X, but at launch, the Xbox One wasn’t the best out there. This time around, Microsoft is aiming to get everyone on the same page. It wants everyone to know what they are buying before the pony up for a pre-order. When we’ve had the opportunity to actually try out the Series X, then Microsoft will give us the chance to pre-order it. Until then, you might as well hang onto your money because Microsoft doesn’t want it.

As for now, our knowledge of the Xbox Series X is limited, but you can learn everything we know in our latest Xbox Series X guide.


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Jerry Martin
Jerry Martin is an avid gamer and prefers to spend his time playing first-person shooters like Call of Duty and Halo. His all-time favorite game is Modern Warfare 2, but Assassin’s creed 3 comes in a close second, and he’s a huge fan of the Legend of Zelda series. He is a co-founder of and spends as much time coding as he does shooting people online. Jerry prefers playing on his PC, but also owns an Xbox One and PlayStation 4 as he takes pride in being a non-discriminate gamer.

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