Yesterday, it was reported that some Gmestop locations had taken Xbox One out of the store database, as one Twitter user noted. Today, Polygon has learned “retail locations around the country” have reached launch-day allocations.
GameStop is still taking pre-orders for the console on its website according to Polygon. I tested this yesterday after the tweet was shared around the net, and again today. It’s true, you can still pre-order it through the web.
“Due to high demand, GameStop is not taking additional store reservations for the Xbox One Day One Edition,” a GameStop rep told the site. “However, reservations can still be made [online]. In the meantime, the Xbox One wireless controller and top Xbox One games like: Ryse: Son of Rome, Forza Motorsport 5, and Kinect Sports Rivals are available for pre-order at all GameStop stores or online.”
Retail managers apparently sent out a nationwide email a few days ago telling store to stop taking pre-orders, and some had even stopped taking launch-date orders already.
Polygon called stores around the country, all of which “declined to take Xbox One pre-orders,” the site said.
A store manager in California said the location has only been given an allocation of 16 Xbox Ones, yet were given 60 PS4 allocations and for which it was “still taking orders.”
A Texas store stated: “There’s no point trying any GameStops. We’ve stopped that SKU until we get notice.” A store manager in Ohio said: “All stores have been told to stop until we get some more units from Microsoft.”
Yesterday, I called four stores in my area, which still had launch day SKUs available, so it depends on your area. Today, two of those stores were no longer taking pre-orders for that SKU.
You may wish to go a head and call your local store just in case there are any allocations left – or just pre-order it from the MS Store.