Last week, Microsoft emailed select customers with special links that allow them to directly order the Xbox Series X from the Microsoft Store at the recommended price, according to The Verge. The Redmond company said it has a limited number of Xbox Series X consoles that it sells among “Valuable clients” in the USA.
The consoles will be available to Microsoft Store customers who receive emails on a first come, first served basis. They will be able to order no more than two systems within 30 days. Order links are unique and linked to Microsoft accounts. It should be noted that receiving an email with a link does not always guarantee that the product will actually be available for purchase.
It seems that the letters were received by a fairly wide range of clients of the company from the United States. It is assumed that such a move for Microsoft could be a way to ensure that at least some of the consoles do not end up in the hands of dealers. The “Valuable Customers” appear to be the majority of US Microsoft Store customers who have previously purchased games or accessories for the Xbox.
Microsoft has been offering Xbox Series X bundles (with a game and extra controller) to “valued Microsoft customers” this week. Emails include a unique link to purchase a bundle pic.twitter.com/dEHlR0rsZ7
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It is worth noting that users who received emails will not be able to purchase the console separately. They will be offered a set, which, in addition to the Xbox Series X, will include an additional controller and one of the games such as Madden 22, GTA V, Rust, Far Cry 6, Hasbro Family Fun Pack, Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate, Insurgency Sandstorm and Diablo 2 Resurrected.
Earlier this year, Microsoft warned that Xbox Series X shipments would be limited until 2022. This stems from a global chip shortage that has affected most industries that rely on semiconductors. The dealers are making money on this situation, inflating prices on the consoles. The average cost of an Xbox Series X on eBay is currently $ 856, nearly double the device’s suggested retail price.