Pre-Order If You Want to Play ASAP
Do you want to be able to play Madden 20 as soon as the release date and time arrives? If so, you will want to pre-order a digital version so that you can pre-load the game.
If you go this route, you should consider pre-ordering digitally direct from your console's store or from Origin, so that you can download Madden 20 a few days before the release.
This will allow you to play at midnight eastern, or whenever the special release time is. If you have EA Access on Xbox One, you can skip this reason and still play ASAP since you will be able to download the full game up to a 5 days early, play it early and then it will be ready to play when you pop the disk in.
While you can get a digital version at GameStop, Best Buy and Amazon, the GameStop listing notes that you can't download until 5 AM CST on the release date. Go direct through Origin, Microsoft and Sony