Microsoft is geeking out. You guys gobbled up pre-orders for the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition, but many of you have been waiting for a standard version of the console without all of the green writing on the box and controller. That standard console is on the way, and Microsoft will indeed let you place a pre-order for those as well. We should have more information very soon, according to a recent update:
"Although our fans may no longer be able to pre-order the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition in their country, we know people are still anxious to get their hands on the world’s most powerful console. We will be announcing details of the next wave of Xbox One X standard edition pre-orders next month so stay tuned for more information."
Microsoft is playing the Nintendo angle on this one, emphasizing the urgency with which fans rushed to pre-order their consoles, and boasting about the fact that they were all sold out. The scarcity angle is one that has continued to drive Nintendo's current and retro console sales through the roof, and it's looking like it's working for Microsoft as well. "Within just a few days, we saw record-setting sell-out times and are currently sold out in many countries around the world. You, our biggest fans, have pre-ordered more Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition consoles in the first five days than any Xbox ever."
GameStop is getting in on the act, too. “Microsoft has done it again! The innovation and power behind the new Xbox One X console is driving excitement and demand among our customers worldwide,” said Bob Puzon, senior vice president of Merchandising for GameStop. “The speed at which we sold through our initial pre-order supply surpassed expectations, and what we experienced with pre-orders for the original Xbox One console. This new system is definitely going to change how video games are played!”
Alright, folks. It's going to be an interesting holiday. The console war is flaring up again and the banners are waving familiar colors. Sony is pushing its PS4 Pro as a viable 4K console solution, while Microsoft is doubling down on the X as the most powerful console in the world. Meanwhile, Nintendo is reclining on the sideline and enjoying the success it's found in another Blue Ocean console that does something completely different from the rest. Who will own Holiday 2017?