GAME stores will allow collection of PS5 and Xbox Series during lockdown

UK retailers including Argos, Smyths, and GAME will still be allowing customers to collect their next gen console pre-orders in person.

The new lockdown in England is a nightmare for many reasons but that includes potentially ruining the launch of the next gen consoles, although perhaps not if retailers have anything to do with it.

Since video games are very clearly non-essential many had feared that they would be unable to collect their pre-orders of Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5 consoles when they launch later this month.

But according to the latest tweet from GAME you’re free to pre-order the Xbox Series X/S in-store until the eve of the new lockdown on Wednesday, November 4. You’ll then be able to collect it on launch day, November 10, between 8am and 2pm.

Presumably GAME has made sure they’re not going to get into trouble for that, but it follows a tweet on Sunday where they claimed they were, ‘working to understand the latest government guidance’.

There’s no specific mention of the PlayStation 5 yet, which doesn’t launch in the UK until November 19 (it’s released on November 12 outside of Europe), but you’d assume it’ll work in a similar way.

Argos and Smyths have tweeted to say that they’ll be adopting similar policies, allowing customers to collect their consoles if they’ve pre-ordered, although you’ll have to pay any remaining balance using a card as cash will not be accepted.

Argos will also offer a delivery option for those that are worried about making the trip to a store.

GAME and Smyths are the only two chains to operate the Xbox All Access programme in the UK and they’ve said that they’ll be contacting those customers directly later this week.

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