From late Tuesday morning, Microsoft began taking pre-orders for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, and likewise Sony, several retailers used up their first allotments within hours. As opposed to Sony, stores did wait as far as Microsoft gave them the green light. However, users are still making efforts to acquire orders in time.
Moreover, part of the issue was that Microsoft allows users to know precisely when pre-orders would go live. Consumers worried about getting the next-gen console, eventually bottlenecking buying pages triggering DDoS countermeasures. In other cases, stores tried to decrease the load of the server by demanding users to wait in line.
Zach Gage, the developer of the app, found that GameStop’s queue basically was a trick to make users wait for an unlimited period.
Moreover, Gage stated in a tweet,
“Wow, this Xbox pre-order situation is such a mess that GameStop is literally just trying to defend its own servers by claiming you’re in a queue and ‘Please don’t refresh or you will lose your spot.”
hahaha wow this xbox preorder situation is such a mess that gamestop is literally just trying to defend it’s own servers by claiming you’re in a queue and please don’t refresh or you’ll lose your spot (but look at the page source). pic.twitter.com/ertXzBIeyd
— Zach Gage (@helvetica) September 22, 2020
Furthermore, we also saw his posted screenshot of the source code. And according to that screenshot, the page was looped to refresh itself every 30 seconds. He did not even consider to check that until he had been waiting 30 minutes.
As per Polygon, even the Xbox pages of Amazon were stuck and would not load. Apart from this, the customers at Target, Best Buy, and Walmart also struggled and faced the same issues.
He further stated that the page of Amazon provides you an access rejected error then rapidly redirects to Microsoft’s complete page ad for the Xbox Series X. Although GameStop does precisely the same job, however, sends you to a store page of related products. Additionally, Walmart has a choice to get an “in-stock” alert.
Best Buy schedules the Series X as “Coming Soon,” and seems to have the Series S in stock. But, when you click on the purchase button, it brings you up the following message:
“Due to high demand, this item hasn’t been added to your cart. Please wait a few minutes before trying again.”
However, Newegg was the only site that appeared to have consoles in stock still. Nevertheless, when I check back ahead of publishing this article, they displayed it has run out of stock also.
And yeah. Scalpers have already taken to eBay, demanding above $1,000 for pre-orders for Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.
Luckily, there have been no rumors about the shortage of an Xbox Series X, such as there have been with PS5. Accordingly, the store should rapidly have new assignments. You have to keep your eyes on all the regular outlets and get one fast.