Please enter your email address for a chance to purchase in December.
Online technology retailer Box is asking buyers to fill out a ballot to get the opportunity to buy an Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S when inventory becomes available later this month.
Box will receive additional allocations for both new Xbox consoles during the week starting December 7th and 14th, and is set to be delivered before Christmas. However, instead of buying in the usual chaotic scramble, the voter will be sent an invitation to buy a Series X or Series S.
If you want to put your name on the hat, you need to go here. Then do your best!
This is the first important step from a retailer’s perspective to make buying a new console nightmare-free. Many stores have tried to use cue systems, timed drops, or IV supply inventory to meet the overwhelming demand, but often have failed.
These measures did not stop the site from buckling under pressure. Meanwhile, multiple orders were canceled because the online store was wiped out by the bot in minutes, or due to an error the allocation was mistakenly oversold. At least it doesn’t always go to Scalper’s plans.
Sure, Box’s system is still a lottery and it takes a lot of luck to be chosen. And I don’t think there’s much that can stop Scalper from signing up with multiple email addresses to increase his chances. Nonetheless, it feels like the wisest step I’ve ever seen, at least to curb some of the problems many have experienced when looking for a new console.
It’s unclear if other retailers will receive the Xbox console on this day, but you can always follow the dedicated Xbox Series X / S stock page for the latest updates. We will also scream for more when the next generation console becomes available. Twitter Jelly Deals..