Xbox Series X preorders boosted Amazon Xbox One X sales, buyer's remorse to follow

The Xbox Series X is selling out everywhere. Xbox One X sales are also skyrocketing on Amazon. One of those is not a next-gen console.


This has been an eventful day for anybody hoping to get a next-gen console. One would have thought that Xbox arranging for a set time for its Xbox Series X/S pre-orders would have prevented the same kind of dumpster fire that broke out during the PlayStation 5 pre-order fiasco. One would have thought that and one would have been wrong! On top of that, there are a number of consumers who may be doing a victory lap right about now who may want to take a seat. That "Xbox" they have might be the wrong one.

On Tuesday, September 22, the Xbox Series X was made available for pre-order. Chaos ensued, as retailers quickly sold out. However, the kicker to this story is that Xbox One X, the 4K version of the current-generation Xbox, appears to have increased its sales by 747 percent.

This can be attributed to a number of factors, but the biggest one is likely the number of possibly uninformed consumers who went shopping today. Most people who read websites like Shacknews on a day-to-day basis probably know which Xbox is which. However, a parent who may be shopping for their kids and doesn't know an Xbox from a toolbox may not necessarily have the knowledge of which console is the new hotness. So there's a good chance that a lot of children are going to wake up on Christmas morning expecting a new console only to get quite a surprise.

Interestingly, Waypoint's Patrick Klepek put out another potential theory for the boost in Xbox One X sales.

Bots are very good at what they do, but all it takes is a typo or a line of careless code and a bot could go from snatching up Xbox Series X's to scooping up the old Xbox One X's.

Of course, the truth could lie somewhere in the middle or be a little bit of both. Either way, the numbers don't lie and they point to an influx in Xbox One X sales. And that is most definitely not an Xbox Series X or even an Xbox Series S.

If there's any fallout from this story or a sharp increase in people demanding exchanges or refunds, it'll come when the Xbox Series X and S launch on November 10. And if you weren't able to pre-order today, don't despair. The fight is not over yet, as pre-orders can go back up at any time. Keep an eye on our Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S pre-order guide for all the latest.

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