Microsoft has yet to formally announce a launch date for the Xbox Series X, but clues are popping up all over the internet to indicate that pre-orders may begin soon. Telstra, a partner to Microsoft in Australia for Xbox All Access, have recently received messages from the organization asking users to update their information.

A user on Reddit posted their message from Telstra, which states that, “You’ve signed up to receive information about the Xbox Series X. Pre-orders for the Xbox Series X with Xbox All Access will open soon. This offer is exclusive to Telstra customers – so you need a postpaid mobile, mobile broadband or home internet service with us.”


Telstra offers its customers a slightly different method for accessing hardware and subscription services, which lets consumers purchase an Xbox One console, as well as access to Xbox Live Gold, all while paying monthly installments rather than one large upfront purchase.

In any case, there is likely little time left before Microsoft makes an official reveal themselves about the Xbox Series X and its pricing, pre-orders, and launch date. In a recent interview, Phil Spencer discussed how the ongoing global pandemic has been a challenge to deal with, but one that the team at Microsoft has worked hard to manage. During the interview, Spencer revealed that the next major news reveal for the Xbox Series X would be coming in August, so we may be hearing about that any day now.


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What remains to be seen however is whether production has been affected due to the pandemic. While the team may be hard at work in preparing the console from a software point of view, the logistics involved in producing new console hardware on a scale that can satisfy the demands of consumers around the world are massive by comparison.

Around the world, production in several industries has seen a decline due to the outbreak of COVID-19. This has affected industries for vehicles, chemicals, electronics, aircraft, and more. For now, it appears that both Microsoft and Sony are aiming for a holiday release of their new consoles, and production is one track for that timeline, at least until an official statement says otherwise.


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