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Next gen Xbox consoles scooped up across Las Vegas Valley

Updated November 13, 2020 - 5:24 pm

Christmas is coming early this week for gamers with the release of the next generation Xbox and PlayStation consoles. Those who didn’t plan ahead, however, will have to get very, very lucky to score one.

The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S were released on Tuesday. At most Las Vegas retailers, however, sales were limited to those who had pre-ordered them in September.

Visits to Target, Walmart and Best Buy locations on Tuesday confirmed reports that those chains had no units available for walk-up purchase.

GameStop held out a bit of hope on Monday for those who hadn’t planned ahead, announcing on social media that they would have “a very limited number of Xbox Series X and S console bundles” in stores the next morning.

Fans responded immediately.

“It was all sorts of chaos,” store leader Duncan McCartney said of the scene at GameStop’s Rainbow Plaza location on Tuesday morning.

“Our initial five extra systems that we had, people were camping out for those,” he said.

He attempted to direct customers to other stores that might have a few consoles left, but said “everyone was selling out just as fast.”

Thursday was another crazy day at GameStop and other video game outlets, as it was also the day Sony released its PlayStation 5 console to customers who pre-ordered them.

McCartney said the store had more reservations on PS5 consoles than XBox consoles, but zero available on shelves.

Contact Al Mancini at amancini@reviewjournal.com. Follow @AlManciniVegas on Twitter and Instagram.

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