Microsoft announces fans can pre-order the Xbox Series X and S from next week

Microsoft have revealed exactly when its coveted new Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles will be going on sale – with the news likely to thrill fans.

Enthusiasts of the high-speed gaming system won’t have long to wait as pre-orders for both pieces of technology will be open from September 22.

Microsoft appeared to take a swipe at rival games company Sony and PlayStation when they teased that fans would soon be able to place orders for their latest consoles.

PlayStation fans had been made to wait in agony when Sony failed to give precise details of when the PS5 would be available to pre-order – with many obsessively refreshing their online store page in a desperate hope of being the first to order.

But Microsoft are not teasing fans in such a sadistic manner – instead revealing that everyone will be able to order the Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S from 8am local time on Tuesday September 22.

UK gamers will be able to place orders via Microsoft Store, GAME, Amazon, Dixons, Currys PC World, Argos, John Lewis, Smyths Toys, VERY, AO, Tesco, Simply Game, Shopto and other participating retailers.

In the US, orders can be placed from 8am Pacific Time with the consoles available from Microsoft Store, Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Walmart, Target, Sam’s Club, Newegg, and other participating retailers.

  • Sony admits PlayStation 5 won't be compatible with PS3, PS2, or PS1 games

While Europe, the Middle East and Africa will be able to place orders from 9am Central European Summer Time, via Microsoft Store, Amazon, MediaMarkt, GameStop, FNAC, Elkjøp/Elgiganten, and other participating retailers.

Meanwhile the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles will physically be available from November 10.

Microsoft delighted fans when they announced they would make almost every game from previous Xbox consoles playable on either of the new consoles.

While, in contrast, Sony and PlayStation have disappointed fans after revealing the PS5 will only be able to play PS4 games – crushing rumours that PS3, PS2 and original PlayStation games would be made available to play via the console.

PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan told Japanese gaming mag Famitsu: "We keep in mind the engineering specialised for the PS5, as we produced the device.

“In the midst of that, the PS4 already has 100 million players; we thought they ought to want to play PS4 titles on the PS5 as well indeed, so we included compatibility with the PS4.

"While implementing that, we also focused our efforts on taking in the high-speed SSD and the new controller DualSense at the same time.

“So, unfortunately, we couldn't reach the implementation of such compatibilities.”

Nintendo delighted fans this month when they announced 3D Super Mario games from consoles including Nintendo 64, Gamecube and Wii can now be played on the Nintendo Switch.

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