Scheme launches to help gamers buy new Xbox console without resorting to scalpers

Ed Nightingale May 13, 2021
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The Xbox Series S

The Xbox Series S is the cheaper of the two latest consoles from Microsoft. (Photo by Phil Barker/Future Publishing via Getty Images)

Microsoft has launched a new Console Purchase Pilot scheme to help gamers buy Xbox Series X/S consoles directly through the company.

Xbox Insiders can register on the Xbox Insider Hub on Xbox One or on Windows 10.

Registering offers the chance to grab a console from Microsoft, though there’s limited space so not all those who register will be successful.

A console can then be bought through the Xbox app.

Unfortunately, this is only available in the US so far. It’s unknown if there are plans to roll out the programme in other territories.

It does mean that gamers can avoid scalpers who have been buying up consoles and selling at extortionate prices.

Since the release of both the Xbox Series X/S and the PlayStation 5 last year, there have been shortages of both consoles.

That’s largely due to the global shortage of semiconductors, as well as the pandemic causing issues with logistics.

Xbox CFO Amy Hood commented on the supply issue in their third quarter earnings call.

“Significant demand for the Xbox Series X and S will continue to be constrained by supply,” she said.

Meanwhile Sony has told analysts that the PlayStation 5 shortage is likely to continue into 2022. 

That’s according to CFO Hiroki Totoki, who said: “I don’t think demand is calming down this year and even if we secure a lot more devices and produce many more units of the PlayStation 5 next year, our supply wouldn’t be able to catch up with demand.”

For those lucky enough to have bagged an Xbox Series X/S, Microsoft has just released a new dynamic background that mimics the style of the original Xbox.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the console, so expect more nostalgia hits later this year.

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