Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X buyers assured consoles will arrive in lockdown

Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles will still be available within minutes on their launch days during Britain's strict November lockdown.

Retailers have reassured gamers that their pre-ordered state-of-the-art Xbox gaming machines can be collected early in the day on the launch date of November 10.

And PS5 players will also be able to get their flagship console as planned when that hit technology launches on November 19.

England goes into its second nationwide lockdown on Thursday with all non-essential shops closing.

This has made many gamers nervous because they were planning to buy a new console physically in the shops once the machines hit the stores.

The lockdown is currently due to last until December 3, long after the launch dates for both.

But retailers are urging calm, saying online orders already completed for both rival gaming consoles should be fine.

And for those who have ordered via an actual shop, you'll still be able to "click and collect" your purchase even if the store isn't open to walk-in customers.

While stores like GAME and Smyths will not be able to physically open, click and collect is allowed and they are already looking into how best to implement the handover of the much-wanted machines.

GAME is urging people to pre-order a console and not wait until launch day to ensure they get their hands on stock.

The high street video gaming shop said of the new Xbox on it's Twitter: "Please come and pre-purchase your console from now until Wednesday evening.

"You will then be able to collect your console on launch day between 8am-2pm.

"Xbox All Access customers will be contacted directly tomorrow with further instruction."

It added: "Unfortunately we do not have confirmation that we will have stock on launch day for customers that don’t have a pre-order. We recommend checking the website for updates to avoid disappointment and unnecessary travel to store."

In another positive move, a spokesman for Sainsbury's told the Daily Star Online: "For now customers can collect their purchases in our Argos standalone stores and our Argos stores and collection points inside Sainsbury’s.

"We will be in touch with our customers if the location of their collection needs to change following the latest government guidance."

Argos has drafted in boxing hero Chris Eubank to help promote its big push on the "world's most powerful console" the Xbox Series X.

The all-powerful former world champion and a team of ex-boxers have been tasked with safely delivering the first units at 12.01am on launch day next week via its Fast Track delivery service.

Eubank said: "As one of the fastest and most powerful boxers in history, it only feels natural to deliver one of these mighty consoles more quickly than anyone else is able to… beating them to the punch, if you will.

"This year has been a tough one, and I’m stupendously excited to be teaming up with my fellow ex-boxers to give winners across the nation a truly champion experience!"

Peter Wray, Senior Buyer at Sainsbury’s Argos, added: "We pride ourselves on our Fast Track delivery service, so being able to deliver one of the most in-demand consoles of the year to our customers, just one minute after launch, provides the ultimate convenience.

"Partnering with Chris Eubank and his team of ex-boxers has enabled us to create even more of a memorable experience for our customers during this monumental launch."

Smyths toy stores said on Twitter: "Pre-Orders scheduled to release during the lockdown period will be released and available for collection on their due date."

A spokeswoman for Currys PC World said customers who paid a £5 deposit in store to secure their pre-order have been contacted today and will have until Wednesday night to complete their transaction in full.

Once they have paid for their console they will be able to collect it on launch day with their receipt via the firm’s Order and Collect service which will be available from all Currys PC World stores across England. For customers in Wales the lockdown restriction is fortunately due to be lifted before the consoles launch.

She added: “If customers who have pre-ordered with us already don’t manage to pay in full by Wednesday their pre-order will be held until our stores are allowed to fully open.

“This is estimated to be on December 2 but dependent on government guidance.”

Customers who are vulnerable will be able to nominate somebody else to collect their pre-order via Order and Collect, if paid in full by Wednesday. Whoever is collecting the order will have to obtain a copy of the customer’s pre-order receipt.

Some retailers are currently sold out of pre-order console stock, so it's worth constantly checking back for newly released units on sites like Very, John Lewis, Amazon and AO.

StockInformer has said it is "expecting the third wave of PS5 pre-orders imminently which is reported to be a larger volume of units being available."

Gamer Network’s Christopher Dring told VGC earlier this year that while the console launches would be challenging for both platforms, they’re also expected to comfortably sell out as fans reach fever pitch over the amazing new technology.

He said: "Launching a big product at Christmas is already a big task with competing releases vying for consumer attention, not just in games, plus competition for advertising space.

"And that’s even without two consoles launching at the same time, a global pandemic creating potential logistical issues, and a worldwide recession.

“But even with all that, both consoles will launch this year, lots of people will buy them and we will have some great games to play on them."

Xbox and Playstation were contacted for comment.

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