Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and PlayStation 5 are finally here, and for many of us On the edge, Which is one of the most anticipated weeks of the whole year. But actually getting a console, even booked, is not easy.
As with every major hardware release, demand is already through the roof, meaning consoles are sold immediately. The epidemic has thrown up nearly as many ranges as the already complex logistics challenge that sends millions of game consoles around the world. The lack of a disgusting communication from retailers about when and where to expect consoles allows customers to actively search the web for any clue as to how to get their hands on new machines – and often empty.
A few of us On the edge We went hunting this week and wanted to share our experiences. Here we hope everyone who wants one of the new consoles from Microsoft or Sony can get one soon.
Nick instead: I’m one of the lucky few to have correctly booked the PlayStation 5 when the floods opened in September. I was also looking at an Xbox Series SI, but I felt I was waiting and thought it would be easier to get a less powerful, cheaper Xbox closer to release day.
What I thought was wrong. Both Xbox consoles, like both variants of the PS5, are sold everywhere. Some of my friends, co-workers and random internet buyers have gone to great lengths to try to snatch the booking or post-launch unit.
It was a mess, and I would have loved to have both companies set better expectations about how many units are available and what retailers are doing to ensure fair and reasonable advance processes that are not affected by scallops and bots. We never saw anything – it was free for everyone, no company was willing to provide at least one explanation or point out the COVID-19 epidemic as an obvious barrier, one thing I thought was a long way to go in helping to alleviate tensions in preserving these products from day one.
Of course, I was paying close attention to my PS5 Walmart bookings because the PS5’s release earlier this week was not even sent in a few days. The launch sank my hopes of getting the console over the weekend and I was notified of a possible delay.
But to my surprise, Walmart shipped my unit from Kentucky late on Wednesday and it arrived in New York on Thursday evening. It has arrived via FedEx on my doorstep and is now being fed hundreds of gigabytes of updates and game downloads as I prepare to actually play this thing at some point on Friday.
As for that Xbox Series S, I think I will wait until next year Hollow: Infinite Begins. I can not worry about crossing the rings required to get one before that.
Taylor Liles: Initially I got an Xbox Series X and PS5, but how I got my PS5 is very hilarious. Every Thursday, I have a group meeting at 12:30 PM ET, but my intuition was telling me that the set was coming during that meeting. My ring door bell camera feed was running on my phone when the meeting started because I was afraid that someone would come to my porch and steal my unnoticed set. It was Uncle Day No. A porch robber is going to let her steal her newborn baby.
As soon as I announced what projects I was working on, I saw the UPS man outside my house and I sent a message to Zoom, “My PS5 is here. I brb. “I dragged him down the steps with the mask on to get the UPS man out, as he did not expect anyone to wait outside on the porch on a cold rainy day.
I ran back upstairs and unpacked the PS5, and decided to put my new console on my lap to let everyone know that the PS5 was at my disposal. A couple of colleagues took a screen shot of my excitement, which I had to post a tweet The most Taylor way to get my PS5, To be very honest.
Cameron Faulkner: (My boss is watching me.) My main focus for the next gen consoles visit is to give readers several ways to get one. It’s hard to do that during an epidemic, for a number of reasons: money is tight, everyone is home and online at the same time, and the companies responsible for creating consoles and distributing these consoles to retailers face the same epidemic as everyone else.
(Well, I think my boss stopped looking at me.) After the PS5 was released and some of my colleagues shared stories of getting their own, the expectation of getting one for myself set in. I absolutely don’t need it to have a good PC, it costs me more than enough to build. Not like exploding on PS5 seams with exclusive games – yet, at least.
Still, I find myself limited in setting up restocking reminders. Don’t worry, we’re still doing everything we can to make sure you come first, but I hope Ol ‘Cami has a PS5 coming soon to purchase.
Jay Peters: Earlier this week, I thought everyone was ready to have two next gen consoles by the weekend. I pre-ordered an Xbox Series S from New Zealand and a PS5 digital version from Target weeks ago. But here we are on Friday, I do not have my own impulses and reasons beyond my control.
I do not have the Xbox Series S because I turned my head with the best reviews for the Xbox Series X and tried to hunt down the booking for one of them. On Monday night, I stayed up late to try to allocate one to pick up at the store on target. But fortunately, I found Microsoft’s online store opening orders for the Xbox Series X. After a few minutes of frantic updates, I broke down and was able to see a console – with an expected shipping date in late December. Despite that possible wait, I clicked the buy button, secured my order, sighed with relief, and canceled my Series S booking. I have no way to wait until December, right?
Well, the order status of my Xbox Series X is “pending”, with no indication of when it will be shipped. Target’s in-store booking system is a bust – the website said I booked one, but I never received a confirmation email. The next day I called my nearest destination and asked if they had an order and the person I spoke to said there was a problem with the online booking and would try again the next day. (Fortunately, my credit card is free of charge.)
Although I had already ordered in September, I did not have my PS5. I did not receive any definite tracking information about this until yesterday – the day the PS5 was officially launched. Fortunately, it should come on Sunday. But the lack of transparency from retailers and their overburdened renewal processes have created a much more disgusting week than I expected.
Syme Gordenberg: I also went through this entire console season plan to avoid the next gen consoles during the initial rush because there was not much in the way of exclusive games, and I was not ready to try to buy my hand refreshing best until 3AM hoping to snatch a console one day.
However, I’m also a big tech nerd (see: this whole job), I’m so excited and confused, so I tried all day starting (failed) to buy a PS5. I never really had a PS4, so I justify this as a way to catch old games that I haven’t actually played (looking at you, Person5).
Unfortunately, buying a PS5 is almost impossible these days, which means I resigned myself to going back to my original plan: wait until there is more stock (and more games) to play before choosing one. After I go and check the Sony website one more time, that is, if I get the last batch of consoles.
This is good. In fact. I’m not jealous of glossy new gadgets.
Megan Brockmanesh: Every week I watch TV with my brilliant, kind, hard-working colleagues digital carts. Fighting hard for disco bricks doesn’t fit in TV stands. As the wave rose, hope blew eternally into every new drop window. Each time, my colleagues were overwhelmed by invisible forces – buyers with trigger fingers, the wrong internet connection, Jeff Bezos. Their failures, I am not ashamed to say, have become my hobby.
Look, I like big fancy boxes for one or two, but so far I’m not ready to throw that much money into any exclusive games. All I know is to taste the quick joy in the face of relentless fear and insecurity about what the future holds. I think my colleagues know it too, because I asked them.
Anyway, I save all of my dead eye worries for buying the real champion’s favorite Black Friday. Can’t wait to pick up my new console in about three months without any problems.
Adi Robertson: I wonder if everyone is having so much trouble. I thought I would get a PlayStation to watch Souls of monsters, So I ordered one from Amazon this week and it is scheduled for delivery tomorrow. Very cheap!