Xbox Series X: Why You Can't Pre-Order It Yet

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Microsoft has announced the official name for Project Scarlett is Xbox Series X. Xbox Series X is scheduled to release during the holiday season in 2020 alongside Sony's PlayStation 5. However, despite revealing the console at The Game Awards, Microsoft isn't ready to open pre-orders just yet--if you want to buy it, you'll have to keep waiting. And that's an intentional choice on the part of Microsoft.

"We think, in the end, what people want from us is ... to put a controller [in their] hand," Xbox partner director of program management Jason Ronald told GameSpot. "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."

To ensure customers know what they're paying for, Microsoft is going to hold off on pre-orders for a little longer. Though we now know a lot more about Xbox Series X--like its name, its PC desktop-looking design, the new share button on its controllers, how it will work with Project xCloud, and a host of other details--we're still in the dark about quite a few things. The big one is, of course, its price tag.

More than anything though, Microsoft doesn't want to start selling Xbox Series X yet because customers haven't had a chance to try the console yet. The Game Awards presents a wonderful platform for announcements, but, as Ronald puts it, the show doesn't present "an opportunity for people to play--it's a stage."

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Its all good,will be getting a ps5 and hopefully they will upgrade they psvr so that will be better then the one i currently have as well as 2 series x for me and son on day one cant wait for them to come out..straight gaming baby bring them on

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Day one for me.

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The reason we can’t pre order us because they really didn’t show anything. We got a picture of a console and controller. The game wasn’t even gameplay it was more of a cutscene. So nothing was really shown. The whole VGA stunt was because of all the leaked dev kits, Cerny giving out the first info on the ps5. Spewing Spencer talking bs about how he has been using the new Xbox as his primary console and that people connected to it without knowing. I will say the design is awful. Laying horizontal it’s at least 2 maybe 3 X1 consoles. Looks more like a subwoofer then an actual console.

As for announcements of the next generation, Sony will be first in February again. MS will follow suit just like last time. Then at e3 Sony will reveal the look of the ps5, which give Sony the bigger e3. Especially since by e3 it will be 7 months since we got a picture of the Xbox Series X.

MS has a long way to be competitive again against Sony in the console market. First they got to prove they are spending the time and money on those first party games. Those devs will take years to be on the same level as PlayStation’s first party devs like Naughty Dog, Insomniac, Sony Santa Monica, and etc. MS has to be willing to spend the money to keep these devs, give them time to make great games, and not close them so quickly. MS then has do what it did back in the day and strike agreements with 3rd party devs like Ubisoft, Activision, and etc. The PlayStation had great first party games but also had agreements on time exclusives for 3rd party games. People can bitch and moan about it but exclusives get the fans to play your console. 3rd party games, indies, and others keep them there until the next big exclusive.

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I honestly dont understand the rush to announce this system so early honestly, especially when its a whole year out. I know they are reacting to Sonys "limited release of info" about the PS5, but these machines arent anywhere near the release dates.

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Hopefully that means another event is in the works.

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@Shantmaster_K: Yeah, its called E3 in June.

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@torreth1: I was referring to an event prior to E3. It wouldn't be wise to talk about the console at E3. They should hold a console event prior, where they talk about specs and show it off, and then talk only games at E3.

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@Shantmaster_K: E3 has been Microsofts main show when announcing new consoles. Its more important for them to sell the new systems, and those new systems have their own exclusive content to show off the consoles technology, but those new games have to sell on their own merit too. Microsoft is also in a state of deep competition with Sony's new console too, so i doubt this years E3 is going to be about anything other than next -gen,and to be honest, thats what people want to see. Your most likely in the minority if you want it to be about mostly games. The majority want to know about what the next-gen will bring to gaming.

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@torreth1: Both MS and Sony had a pre-E3 event when revealing this gen so I would expect the same. And Xbox Series X has been already announced and revealed, the Xbox 360 and Xbox One were not announced or revealed at E3 either so..... no, E3 is not their biggest event for announcing new consoles. I don't know if you're new to watching E3 events, but MS got a lot of backlash for their 2013 conference because they spent too much time talking about the console and it's features, rather than games. MS especially needs to go hard on games because that is the biggest thing they are lacking, and they know it. People want to see games, and yes it'll be important to show the new games with the next gen systems, but games should be the priority.

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If Microsoft would guarantee at least three XboneSeX timed exclusive releases per year for 5 years, I’d pay $800 to preorder one of these.

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@jsprunk: Really? Would you really want that? No............no you wouldnt, and i'll tell you why. Microsoft has been shamming their consumers on many of their last few "Exclusives". Theyve been touting and hyping up games as "huge triple A's" and then releasing mediocre double A exclusives. Sony can expect gamers to flock to their PS5 for their promised quality exclusive titles, but Microsoft keeps biting the hand that feeds them.

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@torreth1: My answer to that question, as I eluded to in my original comment is a resounding YES, but not without some serious work to earn my trust on Microsoft's part. Why the f else would I ever buy an Xbox product?

First of all, I don't just blindly throw my money at corporations. Some people constantly purchase games one Day 1 and then cry about how crappy it is. That's not me.

Sony has earned my trust over decades of releasing quality and real exclusives. I can feel safe about buying a PS5 at release because I know Sony is going to render me flaccid and impotent over the next 5-6 years with a "protein-stained pants" level of awesomeness in games that I can't play anywhere else.

At this point with Microsoft, even if they released 10-15 real AAA, real exclusive games, I wouldn't buy into an XboneSeX product for at least 2-3 years after release. That is to say, I will not be buying an Xbox directly due to the fact that MS has no real exclusives, and the "PC/Xbox"-only games that they do have mostly suck.

However, my point being, once MS earned my trust, I would have no problem buying their Xbox products, and that's the ONLY way they're ever going to get me to fork over money for their games.

(After all that, you and I probably agree on 98% of this, just in a heated fashion)

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To open pre-orders would immediately tell the consumer how much the box is, which is something they'd like Sony to do first so they can undercut them. With the severe lack of exclusives they absolutely need a large price difference to sell this thing. There are far too many intelligent gamers who won't be fooled by them again after the travesty that was the Xbox One.

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Probably trying to figure out how best to float a $600 pricepoint to gamers.

I'm all over it, regardless of price.

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Why you can’t pre-order an X box Series X yet?

Because you’re still so confused as to whether it’s a new console or not, lol.

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-CODENAME SCARLET WAS BETTER NINJA APPROVED-

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@videogameninja: I hope they offer a scarlet-red box named Xbox Series X Scarlett Edition :P

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