Where to Find an Xbox One at Launch

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Pre-orders guaranteeing an Xbox One in your hands at 12:01 on Friday, November 22 are long gone, but there’s still a chance you can snag Microsoft’s new console at launch.

Two words: midnight madness.

Participating Best Buy, GameStop, Walmart, and Microsoft Stores will have extra consoles in stock in minimum quantities and available on a first-come, first-serve basis at midnight.

If you do plan on standing in line, here are some tips on making sure you get an Xbox One:

  • Call ahead. Make sure the store you plan on hitting is actually participating in a midnight madness event and ask how many consoles they’ll have available. Some stores will have more than others.
  • Get there early. Typically, stores will have two lines, one for pre-order customers who are there just to pick up their console, and another for walk-ups. Roughly two or three hours before midnight, sales reps will begin handing out tickets to everyone waiting in line. So if you get a ticket at roughly 10 p.m., you should be able to get an Xbox One. If you don’t get a ticket, you’re better off going home and getting a good night’s sleep…
  • And waking up early. Sears, Kmart, Toys ‘r’ Us, and a number of other retailers won’t be holding midnight launch events, but they will be selling the Xbox One during normal business hours on November 22. Find out when these stores open, call ahead to make sure they will have Xbox Ones available, and get there before they open their doors in the morning. Personally, I’d think of hitting Sears. They likely won’t have a large stock, but it’s also not a place gamers typically associate with shopping.

If you’d prefer to avoid the madness altogether, you can still watch it all unfold via the Xbox One Countdown to Launch on Spike TV, Spike.com, GameTrailers.com, Xbox.com and Xbox Live beginning at 11 p.m. Eastern, 8 p.m. Pacific tonight.

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1 Comment on Where to Find an Xbox One at Launch


On November 21, 2013 at 11:32 am

I’m being serious, thank you guys for posting an article about Amazon opening for a few last minute Day One Xbox editions. Nobody reported it cept you guys.

I ended up snagging one, they sold out like before 5:30am from when they got put on.

Good stuff.