How to preorder Xbox Series X and S – date, retailers, price

Published: 21/Sep/2020 19:25 Updated: 21/Sep/2020 19:42

by Theo Salaun


The next generation of Xbox gaming, the Xbox Series X and S, will officially launch on November 10, but fans can finally begin reserving their systems on September 22 through select global retailers.

After Sony revealed that PlayStation 5 preorders would become available on September 17 (with numerous retailers opening their sales up a day early), Microsoft fans wondered when their preferred console would be hitting the market. Fortunately, that answer has been revealed as the Xbox Series X and S preorder dates, retailers, and prices are now officially available for players to plan around.


For the prices, the Xbox Series S has been set at $299 / £249 and the Xbox Series X has been confirmed to be $499 / £449. While the Series X’s price is in line with the standard PlayStation 5, the Series S is cheaper than the PlayStation 4 Digital Edition, which comes in at $399 / £359.

How to preorder Xbox Series X and S

  • United States (8AM PT): Microsoft Store, Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Walmart, Target, Sam’s Club, Newegg, and more
  • Canada (8AM PT): Microsoft Store, Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, EB Games, The Source, and more
  • UK (8AM BST): Microsoft Store, GAME, Amazon, Dixons, Currys PC World, Argos, John Lewis, Smyths Toys, VERY, AO, Tesco, Simply Game, Shopto and more
  • Australia (8AM AEST): Microsoft Store, JB Hifi, EB Games, Telstra, Harvey Norman, and more
  • New Zealand (8AM NZST): Microsoft Store, JB HiFi, EB Games, Spark, and more
  • Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (9AM CEST): Microsoft Store, Amazon, MediaMarkt, GameStop, FNAC, Elkjøp/Elgiganten, andmore

As noted by Microsoft, in-store shopping will be varied and people will need to check in with their preferred local retailers to determine availabilities and reserve their systems. 


Further, fans can also pre-order Xbox All Access, which includes your next-generation console of choice as well as 24 months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (giving 100 games and an EA Play membership for $24.99 / £19.24 a month.)

How to preorder Xbox All Access

  • Online via the Xbox All Access program
  • United States (8AM PT): Best Buy, GameStop, Microsoft Store, and Walmart
  • Australia (8AM AEST): Telstra
  • New Zealand (8AM NZST): Spark
  • UK (8AM BST): GAME and Smyths Toys
  • Denmark (9AM CEST): Elgiganten
  • Finland (9AM CEST): Gigantti
  • Norway (9AM CEST): Elkjøp
  • Sweden (9AM CEST): Elgiganten

It is worth noting that, like the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Series S pre-orders are reportedly very limited. According to insider Wario64, GameStop has only received a max of 12 pre-orders of the Series X and a max of 4 pre-orders for the Series S, so you’ll want to be fast.

Of course, the Xbox shouldn’t have the same problems with Sony when it comes to the time that pre-orders will go live, but it’ll certainly have the same problem when it comes to supply constraints.


This list isn’t all-encompassing, but centered on the biggest retailers that Microsoft has highlighted. Based on your location, you’ll have to contact your favorite locations to ensure availability and place an order.

As the eventual November 10 release date nears, more information is sure to be revealed about games and more.


Fake s1mple & Shroud scam streams take over CSGO on Twitch again

Published: 25/Oct/2020 14:15 Updated: 25/Oct/2020 14:23

by Connor Bennett


Troll streams have been taking over the CS:GO category on Twitch yet again, using Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek and Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev’s names to promote scam giveaways. 

Typically, the only times you’ll find Counter-Strike: Global Offensive dominating the Twitch viewership charts is when there’s a major tournament on the go, a former pro like Shroud makes a surprise return, or a celebrity like Neymar shows off their skills.


However, there are times when the game gets some incredible viewing numbers when trolls decide to take over the section and capitalize on its popularity. 

These trolls claim to be someone like Shroud, s1mple, or NiKo while running fake giveaways that put the Steam accounts of CS:GO fans in danger of being hacked. 

Twitch: Shroud
Despite being a former CS:GO pro, Shroud is still used in these scams.

These fake streams pop up every few months, and have been called out by pros like s1mple in the past, however, neither the pros or Twitch have been able to completely stamp them out yet.

On October 25, with the ESL One New York CIS tournament attracting thousands of viewers, these trolls struck once again by using old VODs from both s1mple and Shroud, once again claiming that fans can win prizes by getting involved.

In fact, at one point, the two channels were in the top three watch channels of the day – amassing 22,000 and 17,500 viewers respectively – and sitting just behind the main Russian stream for ESL One New York CIS. 

Screenshot via Twitch
The fake channels have the names of CSGO pros, but have unusual graphics attached.

The two channels that cropped up intially, s1mple6282 and ShroudWRBE, have since been deleted, but other channels named s1mple1021 and ShroudRXND have taken their place.

At the time of writing, both channels have been running the same fake giveaways and graphics, as well as the same past VODs from both s1mple and Shroud, so it might hard to tell the difference to some viewers, but they’re not the real thing.

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