Microsoft has plants to roll out a pilot program as a way to help fans in the US get ahold of a new Xbox, despite the global shortage of necessary semiconductors that are making it harder to buy all sorts of technology.
The company announced what it’s calling the “Console Purchase Pilot.” Anyone in the US who has signed up for the free Xbox Insiders program, can register for a chance to reserve an Xbox Series X|S console.
More details on how the program works are available in the Xbox Insider hub on your Xbox One. Microsoft posted to Reddit, saying they will invite a “subset” of Xbox Insiders on Xbox One to participate in the program. The chosen participants will find an invite for a “flight” called Xbox Series X|S Console Purchase Pilot in their inbox.
You will receive this message only on an Xbox One console, not PC, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox 360, or the internet. Those selected will be asked to choose which console they are willing to buy, either the Xbox Series X or the Series S. If the program informs you the console is available, and you’re interested, you’ll be asked to pay the console’s full price. People who purchase a Series X|S this way will also get “full retail support,” as if you bought it from a store. It is also assumed that it includes Microsoft’s warranty.
Microsoft will also send a survey asking for feedback about the pilot. “It is important to us to hear from people who have chosen to make a purchase, and from people who have chosen not to make this purchase,” they said.
The company did caution users that space is “limited,” and that “not all who register will be selected.” If you are, a message will show up in your inbox in a few days.
In other news, Microsoft also released an update for the Xbox Series X|S which fixed the Quick Resume and implemented a few other improvements.