Remaining Places to Pre-Order Xbox One & PS4? (DigitalTrends.com)

Four of the biggest names in console sales (Best Buy, Amazon.com, GameStop, and Toys R Us) are already sold-out for both the Xbox One and the PS4. So where does that leave you, especially if you’re looking to pre-order either/both as a present for end-of-year holidays? It appears you  have five remaining options, plus buying directly from either company. Read on!

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If you are hoping to pre-order a PlayStation 4 or an Xbox One, you might want to hurry. All around the country, major retailers are listing the consoles as “sold-out,” leading up to what is looking more and more like a shortage on launch day. That may be good for Sony and Microsoft (and their stock prices), but it’s bad for a consumer hoping to get their hands on what are shaping up to be two of the hottest items this holiday season.

… you may have to go a little deeper down the rabbit hole of online shopping…

With stores like GameStop and Best Buy both listing Sony and Microsoft’s consoles as sold out, you may have to go a little deeper down the rabbit hole of online shopping leading up to the as yet unannounced launch dates. The PS4 is listed with a generic release date of December 31 (in other words, sometime this year), while the Xbox One is listed by several retailers as November 27. Whatever the exact dates, expect them both to release before the yearly shopping Super Bowl that is Black Friday, which this year lands on November 29.

Sony and Microsoft are still hoping to meet all launch day demands, although that probably isn’t going to be possible. At the moment, several stores are still accepting pre-orders but you should expect stock to disappear quickly. We’ll try to keep this list updated throughout the coming months, but don’t be surprised if the stores below sell out, and soon.

(If you find that a store on this list has changed its status to “sold out,” please let us know and we’ll update it accordingly. We’ll also add more stores in the weeks to come.)

Both Systems

Fry’s Electronics: The national electronic giant is not offering in-store pickups, but it will ship to you. You will need to pay shipping, so factor that into your budget. There is also a limit of one PS4 and Xbox One per household.

Kmart: The PS4 and Xbox One are both available for pre-order, and both are available for free shipping. As with most retailers, there is a limit of one per household.

Sears: Although not generally thought of as an electronic store, Sears has both the PS4 and Xbox One for pre-order, along with all the accessories and launch day titles announced. Free shipping is available, and there is a limit one per household.

Walmart: Walmart is the largest video game seller in the world, so you can expect two things: one, they will have a huge allotment from both Sony and Microsoft; two, they will likely sell through their pre-orders quickly. You can also add a three-year warranty, which isn’t quite as comprehensive as Target’s (it doesn’t cover accidental damage beyond wear and tear), but it is cheaper at $44 and lasts a year longer. It is also offering free shipping. No limit on the number of units you can buy.

PlayStation 4 Only

Sony StoreSony’s own store is offering the PS4, of course, along with free shipping and no apparent limit on the number of units you can pick up. You can also finance directly through Sony.

Xbox One Only

Microsoft StoreYou can purchase an Xbox One from Microsoft’s own store, and that also extends to the Xbox 360′s dashboard. If you are an Xbox 360 user, just connect online and look for the Xbox One icon, and you can pre-order directly from there. Free shipping, and a limit of one per household.

Amazon.com: $10 Pre-Order Credit for $10 Game Trade-In

This is a pretty great deal. We have a few months yet before the PS4 and Xbox One launch, so why not trade in some of your current (“old”) games for pre-order credit on the latest and greatest just around the corner? Use their website to search for games you own, see how much they’d pay you for them, send ’em in, and reap the rewards! Pretty easy. The only big catch is that this applies one per customer. Booh.

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Trade $10, Get $10

Trade in $10, Get $10 Pre-order Credit

Until June 30, 2013, trade in $10 worth of video games, consoles, or accessories and get a $10 bonus credit toward select pre-orders in addition to your trade-in value.

How to redeem this offer:
1. Search for your qualifying item using the search below
2. Select the item(s) you’d like to trade
3. Send in your item(s) for processing following the instructions provided
4. If your trade-in is accepted, the promotion will be applied automatically to your purchase of qualifying video games items.

Terms and Conditions

To receive the Promotion:
• Initiate a video game trade-in between June 13, 2013 and June 30, 2013.
• If the trade-in is accepted, you will receive a confirmation email.
• Add a qualifying item described in the offer to your Shopping Cart.
• The discount will be applied automatically to your purchase of the qualifying item.

Terms and Conditions:
• The promotion is limited to one per customer. If there is more than one eligible item in your Shopping Cart, the promotion applies to only the lowest priced item.
• The discount is valid until August 31, 2013. Amazon reserves the right to cancel it at any time.
• If your video game trade-in is not submitted in accordance with the instructions, or is not accepted, you are not eligible for the promotion and you will not receive a promotion.
• If you do not purchase the qualifying item when the promotion is in effect, the discount will not apply.
• The promotion applies only to qualifying items sold and shipped by Amazon.com. It does not apply to items sold by other merchants on the Amazon.com web site.
• If you return the qualifying item purchased to obtain the promotional code, we will subtract the value of promotional code from your return credit.
• Does not apply to orders placed with 1-Click. The offer may not be combined with other offers.
• Shipping and handling charges apply to all products.
• Offer good while supplies last.
• Void if copied, transferred, or prohibited.

Original Amazon Article

Xbox One: Preorder on Amazon.com

Well, that was quick. Within hours after the announcement of the November launch, Amazon’s pre-order page is ready to go! You, too, can pre-order for just $499.99 in the US. Unfortunately for UK and European gamers, they’ll have to shuck out a few hundred dollars more.

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Xbox One Console – Day One Edition

This item will be released on November 30, 2013.
Pre-order now.
See details. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
  • Xbox One – Day One Console includes a limited edition controller, token code to unlock Day One achievement, premium packaging, and decal.
  • Kinect is included with every Xbox One. Completely reengineered to be more precise, responsive and intuitive with unparalleled voice, vision and motion technology
  • The console is driven by a powerful combination of CPU, GPU and 8GB of RAM, governed by an innovative OS architecture, to deliver power, speed and agility
  • Only Xbox One unleashes the vast and scalable power of the cloud for your games, entertainment and apps with Xbox Live
  • With Xbox One, you can quickly jump from TV to movies to music to a game

Amazon’s Pre-Order Page

Amazon Launches Indie Game Store (InformationWeek.com)

This is pretty interesting, mainly because “Other app store operators, namely Apple and Google, also take steps to help game makers market their titles, but Amazon’s effort appears to be the most promising for indies because it excludes the big companies that tend to claim the lion’s share of attention.” The Amazon site already has a few hundred games you can download and play.

Given PAX has been a thriving venue for indie games and gamers, it’ll be great to see how Amazon can expand that over the next couple of years, especially since they’re both headquartered in Seattle, WA.

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Amazon Launches Indie Games Store

By helping emerging gaming studios find an audience, Amazon is buying itself goodwill in the developer community.

Attempting to address one of the largest obstacles facing independent game developers, Amazon.com on Thursday launched an Indie Games Store to help game buyers discover the work of emerging game makers.

“Discoverability” has become a major issue for small game studios, which typically do not have the marketing resources to build public awareness that their games exist amid the hundreds of apps being released in app stores and on the Web every day.

“Powerhouse game studios don’t hold a monopoly on inventiveness or creativity, and some of the best games of all time were created on a shoestring by two or three people with a shared vision,” explains Peter Heinrich, technical evangelist at Amazon.com, in a blog post. “It’s hard to get noticed, though. If you’re an indie game developer, it’s usually a headache to get your game in front of people, both gamers and reviewers. Amazon recognizes this.”

The Indie Games Store itself could be a bit more discoverable: It’s visible from the Digital Games menu on the Amazon.com website, but not from the higher level section, Video Games. It’s accessible directly from a fairly obvious URL, however: www.amazon.com/indiegames.

The Indie Games Store exists, as Heinrich puts it, “to specifically help indie game developers with promoting their PC, Mac and browser-based games while helping gamers discover a large and growing selection of innovative indie games.”

Mobile games need not apply, which is probably for the best since there are so many of them — filtering and discoverability may just be two sides of the same coin.

Valve’s Steam already does a pretty good job of providing exposure to titles from smaller game companies. But perhaps there’s room for competition.

Some of the game companies represented in the Indie Games Store aren’t exactly the sort of shoestring operations described by Heinrich. Double Fine, for example, was founded more than a decade ago and has about five dozen employees. It’s a bit beyond the indie stereotype of a programmer or two working out of an apartment, fueled by credit card debt and caffeine.

But there are also companies that hew closer to the traditional indie image: Gaijin Games and Subset Games, for example.

An Amazon.com spokeswoman said the following factors are considered in determining whether a game studio qualifies for the Indie Game Store: 1) whether the studio refers to itself as an indie; 2) the size of the studio — indies typically have less than 50 and more likely less than 10 people; 3) the price of the game, typically under $20; 4) financial backing, which indies usually don’t have; and 5) the publishing model — indies usually self-publish.

In conjunction with the launch of the Indie Game Store, Amazon is introducing several promotions to encourage customers to consider indie games. These include:

— Indie Spotlight, a Web page Q&A that promotes one indie developer every week;
— Indie Bundles, packaged sets of five, six or 10 games for $9.99, which are likely to do more for recognition than revenue;
— Gift with Purchase, through which buyers of indie games will receive codes to redeem for three pre-selected titles, for free; and
— Indie Gamer’s Choice, a contest in which game players vote on which of two competing game makers should be featured in the store.

Other app store operators, namely Apple and Google, also take steps to help game makers market their titles, but Amazon’s effort appears to be the most promising for indies because it excludes the big companies that tend to claim the lion’s share of attention.

Original Article at Information Week

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