PS5 and Xbox Series X pre-orders are a white whale these days: they sold out within moments of going live on their respective pre-order dates, and PS5 did so again when GameStop got a restock. Since then things have been pretty quiet as we move towards the November 10 and November 12 release date, when we expect to get some more stock in physical and digital retailers. One retailer, however, says that it’s going to have more stock tomorrow, October 13.
Earlier today, I got an email from antonline, which says that it will have new PS5 and Xbox Series X pre-order stock at 2:00 PM Eastern, so head on over to the store to see if you can snag one. The catch is that it seems to be offering bundles from $559-$779.95, so you won’t be buying a standalone console. An extra controller or something isn’t the worst, however. Here are the PS5 and Xbox Series X landing pages.
I’ll admit I’ve never heard of antonline before, but they claim to be “America’s premier online reseller of cutting-edge gaming and computer technology”. Which is a bit odd, considering that the PS5 isn’t even out yet, so these are new products and not resales. The fact that this isn’t one of the major retailers does mean that you might have less competition from bots, however, so that might marginally raise your chances of getting an actual pre-order.
If you don’t get one of these, don’t worry too much: while both of these look like excellent systems, there’s a little less time pressure than there has been with previous console launches. There are no major next-gen exclusives at launch, and you’ll be able to play all of the biggest games of the fall on your PS4, Xbox One, or PC. I’m sort of assuming that anyone stalking next-gen pre-orders already has a current-gen console, which feels like a safe bet in most cases.
So, try your best, but don’t stress out too much. At a certain point, anyone who wants to buy one of these will be able to, you might just have to wait a few months.