When the Xbox Series X launched, they were plagued by scalpers looking to make quick money. Does Microsoft’s proposed solution actually solve the problem?
The only thing worse than spending all your hard-earned money on a new game console is not being able to buy one. This was the problem faced by millions of eager fans for the release of the Xbox Series X and to an even greater extent for the PS5, as opportunistic scalpers managed to buy thousands of units and then flog them at inflated prices for real fans.
Fortunately, Microsoft has put some thought into ensuring that this does not happen again, and has announced a console purchase pilot for this.
Today we are launching the Console Purchase Pilot, which led to the US #XboxInsiders To register for the opportunity to reserve the Xbox Series X | S console on Xbox One. See the Xbox Insider Hub on Xbox One for details. Limited space is available and not all who register will be selected. pic.twitter.com/MBkQmbSDWc
– Xbox Insider (@xboxinsider) 11 May 2021
Under the terms of this agreement, Xbox Insider members in the US can register to reserve themselves an Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S console through their Xbox One; Only a limited number of people applying will be accepted. Apparently, what at first seemed like a great idea has been stuck in a lot of circumstances that undermine its promising potential.
It is unlikely that this arrangement will make a huge difference to customers who are still looking for a console; Had it applied to all Xbox insiders worldwide, and had it been before the launch of the new series, much disappointment could have been avoided. However, it is at least somewhat encouraging to see manufacturers taking steps towards accommodating their customers, as they have no problem moving units and selling.
We hope that Microsoft will take this corrective plan even further in the future, and also for Sony to take notes, so that real gamers can get their hands on the new console on day one, without having to go through the middleman making money.