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Xbox Scorpio Release Confirmed: What You Need to Know

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Like it or hate it, the console video game market has always been stable. That stability was by design. Rather than get people thinking about graphics processors, RAM types and compatibility issues, Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo settled on platforms that remained constant for around five years. Microsoft and Sony even managed to make the Xbox 360 and PS3 last a full decade without absolutely needing to be replaced. Gamers love this because they can buy a title and it just works. With Xbox Scorpio, Microsoft is sort of throwing that stability out the window.

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Read: Xbox One S vs Xbox One – What You Need to Know

Only it’s doing it in a way that makes sense, the company says. Xbox Scorpio is an all new piece of Xbox One hardware Microsoft says will join the Xbox One “family” in 2017. The company announced the console at this year’s E3 2016 trade show alongside the Xbox One S.

Xbox Scorpio: Why It’s Needed

It’s simple, Microsoft thinks gamers want Xbox Scorpio because they’ve repeatedly asked for it. In 2013, graphic fidelity was all that any living room gamer could talk about. Game developers consistently found that they needed more power than the Xbox One could provide to deliver visuals at the same resolution as the PS4. Microsoft responded by killing off support for the Kinect sensor, giving developers the option to reclaim the processing power that it used for interpreting gestures. We’ve all seen the side by side comparisons of console games versus what’s possible on Windows PCs.

Xbox Scorpio: Upgrades

One of the facts we do have about Xbox Scorpio is the amount of processing power its capable of. The new Xbox One S comes with some modest hardware improvements that’ll allow Microsoft and its partners to deliver better contrast with High Dynamic Range support and better video with support for 4K streams through Netflix and Amazon Prime. Xbox Scorpio is capable of 6 teraflops of computational power. In short, the console will be so powerful that game developers should be able to deliver visuals that exceed the current PS4 by a wide margin.

Microsoft is going further though; it’s banking on not having to fiddle with hardware to get the best visuals in the near future too. The company is promising that Xbox Scorpio is so powerful game developers will be able to deliver 4K games. Even better, the console will have enough power to offer support for virtual reality headsets.

Microsoft’s hope is that it can turn the Xbox One into a hardware line like its Surface family of devices. The operating system and experiences across the different devices are the same, but there are clearly advantages to paying more money for a Surface with more power. With Xbox Scorpio, Microsoft is doing the same thing. For those that want only the basics, there’s the current Xbox One. Those that want the best visuals possible can get Xbox Scorpio.

Xbox Scorpio: Why You Might Not Want One

Microsoft hopes that you’ll want Xbox Scorpio, but it certainly isn’t betting everything on it. Because the Xbox One will become a set of devices, the games that are available for one version of the Xbox One will work for all, even with the noticeable visual differences. If better visuals aren’t important to you, you can stay on the Xbox One or Xbox One S that you have.

Xbox Scorpio: What We Don’t Know

  • We have no idea how much the Xbox Scorpio will cost. It’ll definitely be more expensive than any previous Xbox console we’ve seen from Microsoft. The company is billing it as a high-end machine.
  • Microsoft has said that Xbox Scorpio will be powerful enough to use with a VR headset, but the company doesn’t offer any VR headsets of its own. We don’t know how it’ll approach offering VR games. It is worth noting that Oculus Rift VR provides Xbox One controllers with their bundles. Also, Oculus Rift VR works on Windows, the same operating system that powers the entire Xbox One family. Microsoft does make HoloLens, but that device doesn’t need another to operate. Also, gamers can still see the world around them with a HoloLens, something that’s not possible with VR headsets.
  • We have no idea what the Xbox Scorpio hardware looks like, or what ports it’ll have built into it.

Xbox Scorpio: When We’ll Learn More

Microsoft says that it doesn’t plan to begin selling Xbox Scorpio until late in 2017, we’re talking around the holiday time frame. It wanted to get information about Xbox Scorpio out now so that developers can start to create their games with the console in mind.

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If Microsoft does launch the Xbox Scorpio next holiday, we’ll almost certainly hear about it again at next year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo.

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  1. Jonathan Matthis

    06/14/2016 at 7:47 am

    Microsoft Stores in the US carry and sell the HTC Vive VR set. This console will be capable of running that system as well.

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How to Pre-Order the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S

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This is how to pre-order the new Xbox in 2020. Pre-orders started on September 22nd and continue right now, though it can be hard to find one. If you are still looking, this is how you pre-order the Xbox Series X or Series S. Just make sure you don’t buy the wrong Xbox.

Here are our Xbox Series X pre-order tips and tricks, what you need to know about problems, and how to find the Xbox Series X in stock.

The Xbox Series X is $499 and the Xbox Series S is $299. You can pre-order these at Microsoft, GameStop, Best Buy, Amazon, Walmart, and other retailers. If you buy from Microsoft you can even get a payment plan as low as $24.99 a month.

The Xbox Series X release date is November 10th, and it is the same for both models. Here is how to pre-order if you want a new Xbox this fall. These links work for both models.

Read: Should I Pre-Order the Xbox Series S?

Here is a look at where you can pre-order the Xbox Series X and Series S. The pre-orders are open, but some retailers are no longer accepting them until more stock is released.

Microsoft Xbox Series X Pre-Order Details

How to pre-order the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.

Head over to Microsoft to see if you can place a Xbox Series X and Series S pre-order. You can also check out information about the consoles and you can learn more about the payment plan options through Xbox All Access.

Amazon Xbox Series X Pre-Order Details

Xbox Series X
  • Introducing Xbox Series X, the fastest, most powerful Xbox ever. Play thousands of titles from four generations of consoles-all games look and play best on Xbox Series X.
  • Experience next-gen speed and performance with the Xbox velocity architecture, powered by a custom SSD and integrated software.
  • Play thousands of games from four generations of Xbox with Backward compatibility, including optimized titles at launch.
  • Download and play over 100 high-quality games, including all new Xbox Game Studios titles like Halo Infinite the day they release, with Xbox Game Pass ultimate (membership sold separately).
  • Xbox Smart delivery ensures you play the best available version of your game no matter which Console you're playing on.

Amazon offers a landing page for the Xbox Series X, and you can sign up for an email when they are in stock.

GameStop Xbox Series X Pre-Order Details

GameStop offers a landing page where you can check out the various consoles and bundles.

Best Buy Xbox Series X Pre-Order Details

The Best Buy Xbox Series X  and Series S pre-order page lets you see if either model is available to pe-order.

Read: Should I Pre-Order the Xbox Series X?

Target Xbox Series X Pre-Order Details

The Target landing page to pre-order the Xbox Series X and Series S lets you click and see both consoles as well as accessories.

Walmart Xbox Series X Pre-Order Details

You can sign up for notifications when the Xbox Series X and Series S are in stock at Walmart and then quickly jump in to pre-order.

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Parents Double Check Your New Xbox Order

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The new Xbox is the Xbox Series X, but it looks like a lot of buyers bought the Xbox One X, which is several years old instead of placing an Xbox Series X pre-order.

The Amazon sales rank for the older Xbox One X climbed 747% on the charts during the pre-order window. This means that there are likely a decent number of people who bought the older Xbox instead of the new Xbox Series X.

This isn’t an overall sales increase of over 700%. It is the amount that the Xbox One X climbed the sales chart during that hour-long window.

Users ran into a lot of Xbox Series X pre-order problems and Amazon was very late to start pre-orders, which could be a part of this issue.

If you bought a new Xbox this week, you should check your order to make sure that you chose the new Xbox Series X, not the Xbox One X.

Double check that you ordered the right new Xbox.

The names are confusing, very confusing, so there is no shame in getting the wrong Xbox, but you should take a second to figure it out today, instead of in November or December.

  1. Go to Amazon
  2. Click on Returns & Orders
  3. Look for your Order
  4. Make sure it says Xbox Series X

If you see Xbox One X, you should click Cancel items and start the return process.

From there, you can use this guide to find the Xbox Series X in stock.

Xbox Series X
  • Introducing Xbox Series X, the fastest, most powerful Xbox ever. Play thousands of titles from four generations of consoles-all games look and play best on Xbox Series X.
  • Experience next-gen speed and performance with the Xbox velocity architecture, powered by a custom SSD and integrated software.
  • Play thousands of games from four generations of Xbox with Backward compatibility, including optimized titles at launch.
  • Download and play over 100 high-quality games, including all new Xbox Game Studios titles like Halo Infinite the day they release, with Xbox Game Pass ultimate (membership sold separately).
  • Xbox Smart delivery ensures you play the best available version of your game no matter which Console you're playing on.

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5 Xbox Series X Pre-Order Tips & Tricks to Get One After The Sell Out

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Do you want to make sure that you get an Xbox Series X pre-order? Or the Xbox Series S?

We have a collection of tips that will help you snag one as soon as the new Xbox consoles are in stock again.

The Xbox Series S is $299 and the Xbox Series X is $499. Pre-orders start started this week and will continue through November as stock arrives.

Read: Get the Best Gaming Chair You Can Buy

If you missed out on a Xbox Srries X pre-order on day one, here are the tips that you can use now.

Check Account Passwords Now

When the Xbox Series X pre-orders are back in stock you need to be ready to go. This is not the time to be resetting a Best Buy or Walmart password or creating an account.

Spend 10 minutes right now making sure that you can log in to Microsoft, GameStop, Best Buy, Amazon, Target, and Walmart.

This can mean the difference between getting a new Xbox on day one and waiting months. I lost out on one order because I tried to check out as a guest and it took too long.

Update Payment Information

While you are logged in make sure that your credit card is up to date and that shipping and billing information is updated.

The time that you spend updating any of this, could be long enough to miss out on getting the Xbox Series X or Series S in November.

Be Ready to Checkout

Now that you can log in and your credit card is up to date, you need to be prepared to checkout as soon as the console is in your cart.

Some links to Amazon may even put the Xbox Series X directly into your cart.

Don’t wonder about tax, warranties, or look for coupon codes. Check out and get a confirmation. The console can disappear from your cart. This is not like a ticket checkout process where you are holding an item for a few minutes.

Use Websites Not Apps

Websites tend to offer a better chance to get a console this year. The PS5 pre-orders worked best on websites, with some apps just showing the landing pages while other people were ordering.

It’s a good idea to have apps available as a backup, but start on the website and be on the lookout for links directly to the products on social media.

Set Up In-Stock Alerts

You can use this guide to check for the Xbox Series X in stock and then set up an alert that notifies you in the browser, by email or by text.

Remember You Can Always Cancel Later

If you really want the Xbox Series S, but it is out of stock, you may want to lock in the Xbox Series X pre-order and then decide later.

You can cancel your pre-order pretty easily at most retailers if you find the version that you really want somewhere else.

It is best to lock in pre-order and fine-tune it later.

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How to Find the Xbox Series X in Stock

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Here’s how to find the Xbox Series X in stock and how to find the Xbox Series S in stock. This can help you get a new Xbox on release day or at least in 2020 without paying marked-up prices on eBay.

The Xbox Series S is available for $299 and the Xbox Series X is $499. Both consoles are out of stock at many retailers, but they are going in and out of stock throughout the day.

You can use this Xbox Series X pre-order guide for tips and tricks, plus take a look at the common Xbox Series X pre-order problems to get prepared.

We have links on where to check for the Xbox Series X in stock, and a guide on how to get a notification when the Xbox Series X is in stock at a retailer so that you can quickly order one.

Where to Find the Xbox Series X in Stock

Here’s how you can find the Xbox Series X in stock.

The Xbox Series X is sold at several stores directly, and you can buy it on eBay if you are willing to pay a premium. Here’s a rundown of where you can check the Xbox Series X stock manually, which is smart to do as it can give you an edge in some cases.

You can also use these links to check for the Xbox Series S in stock to save $100 if you don’t need a disc drive.

Most of these retailers let you sign up for an in-stock alert. You can also do in-store pre-orders at some GameStop locations, but quantities may already be spoken for.

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How to Find the Xbox Series X in Stock

If you don’t want to manually check the stock at stores, you can sign up to get tracking alerts from NowInStock. These are great in addition to any in-stock alerts that the retailers allow you to set up directly.

  1. Go to the Xbox Series X page on NowInStock.
  2. Register for a free account at NowInStock.
  3. Check your inbox for a verification email and click the correct link to verify.
  4. Go back to the Xbox Series X NowInStock page.
  5. Click Add/Manage alerts in the right corner of the screen.
  6. Add an item to track it.

You can get browser alerts, text alerts, or email alerts when the model you want is in stock.

You can also see the history of when the Xbox Series X is in stock at specific retailers. Use this to know when you should manually check or when you should expect an alert.

How to Get an Xbox Series X Right Now

While you can’t get the Xbox Series X right now, if you don’t want to mess with a retailer or waiting for pre-orders to start back up when small amounts trickle in, you can look for a reseller on eBay.

People are already reselling their Xbox Series X pre-orders on eBay for a several hundred dollar premium.

Be careful to read the listing, we’ve already spotted someone selling a piece of paper pretending to be a PS5, and there will doubtlessly be other questionable listings. eBay is pretty good at closing those down on pre-orders like this, but just be cautious.

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Xbox Series X Deals: Save with Trade-Ins

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You can buy the Xbox Series X for $300 if you trade in an Xbox One X or PS4 Pro. Here are the best Xbox Series X deals and Series S deals when you trade in your old console.

The Xbox Series X pre-orders start on Tuesday, September 22nd at 11 AM Eastern, 8 AM Pacific. Here are some Xbox Series X pre-order tips and tricks to help you get one.

GameStop offers a range of Xbox Series X deals when you trade in an old console. This works for the Xbox Series S as well.

  • $200 – Xbox One X or PS4 Pro
  • $175 – Nintendo Switch or PS4 1TB
  • $125 – Nintendo Switch Lite, Xbox One S, PS4 500GB
  • $100 – Xbox One 500GB

These trade in deals last until November 30th, so you have time to order and then bring your console in when you upgrade.

Save with Xbox Series X deals when you trade-in an old console.

You can start the process online, or you can go into a local GameStop. If you are trying to pre-order the Xbox Series X at GameStop, you can do it in store when the online pre-orders open. Keep in mind that there may be lines.

Given the time frame of this deal, your best bet is to wait until you get your Xbox Series X from GameStop and trade in at pickup and put the $200 towards the console.

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