IGN has learned from multiple GameStop sources that allotments for Xbox Series consoles will be limited at physical store locations. Numbers that range between six to twelve Xbox Series X and two to four Series S systems have been corroborated by our sources, who asked to remain anonymous.
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This is just the allotment for pre-orders made at physical locations and has no bearing on what GameStop’s digital allotment will look like. One of our sources says next-gen Xbox systems will be more available online. However, across the board, it appears that physical stores may have as few as 10 Series X systems and even fewer Series S systems.
In contrast, physical GameStop locations had bigger allotments of PS5 when those systems went up for preorder, though not by much. One store confirmed they had 14 PS5 systems with physical disc drives compared to about 10 Xbox Series X systems available for pre-order.
Xbox has promised a smoother preorder experience for the Xbox Series X and S compared to the PlayStation 5. Xbox announced both time and date for preorders, compared to the PS5 which seemingly released preorders by surprise. Sony even apologized for how PS5 preorders were handled and promise more systems will be available at the end of the year.