I’m not saying that naming your new console almost identically to your old one is a bad move but there may be just one or two disappointed faces around the Christmas tree come this December. Today, on the launch of pre-orders for the Xbox Series X, Microsoft’s old console, the Xbox One X, has jumped as massive 1,368 places up Amazon’s ‘Movers and Shakers’ charts, and at full price as well.
The 431% increase in sales could be attributed to a sudden interest overall in the Xbox brand or.. well, that’s about the only thing I can think of other than people have just bought the wrong console. It’s a very odd time to be buying a soon to be obsolete console at top dollar, especially when the more powerful Xbox Series S is $255 cheaper.
The 1TB Xbox Series X is at number eight in Amazon’s charts and also has an entry at number 15, where the console is packaged with a controller. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Cyberpunk 2077, and Watch Dogs Legion, all on Xbox One, have also seen huge sales boosts but as they all come with free Xbox Series X upgrades that appears to make sense.
There are another anomalies, a Switch controller has had a 4,385% increase for no apparent reason, it’s not on sale but maybe there was an new advertising campaign. Anyway, if you have just bought an Xbox from Amazon maybe check you got the right one, just in case.
You can’t blame consumers for getting the wrong console, Microsoft themselves are also having trouble.
here's Microsoft getting confused by Xbox One X and Xbox Series X pic.twitter.com/kGsdoSqlgG
— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) September 22, 2020
If you have not ordered your new console yet here in the UK then be wary of extra charges. Anyone who ordered a PS5 last week from GAME will not be charged, but anyone who ordered an Xbox Series X|S today will get the £10 on top. Any future orders of PS5s, Xbox Series X|S, or Oculus Quest 2 from GAME will have that charge too. Eurogamer has been trying to get a comment from GAME, but the company has yet to offer any answers as to why this charge is being levied when other retailers are offering free delivery on all pre-orders for the next generation of consoles.
According to Eurogamer’s sources the decision for the delivery fee has come from GAME’s parent company Fraser Group, though that is yet to be confirmed. Currently, retailers are waiting for more PS5 pre-orders and Sony apologised for how the pre-orders were handled. Today, Xbox Series X|S pre-orders went live and you can see the current state of availability of Microsoft’s console in the UK and North America.