Microsoft is introducing a new “Console Purchase Pilot” program that will give selected Xbox Insider members the chance to register to reserve an Xbox Series X or Series S console directly from the company through their existing Xbox One consoles.
The new program is only rolling out in the US for now, and even if you are given the chance to sign up, it doesn’t mean that you’ll actually be selected to buy one of the highly in-demand consoles.
The program seems to be an attempt to combat the re-sale market for next-gen consoles, which has been buzzing amidst chips shortages driven by the global COVID-19 pandemic. This has slowed the rollout of Microsoft’s Xbox Series X and Series S, and Sony’s PlayStation 5, all of which debuted about six months ago.
The Console Purchase Pilot program is reserved for US Xbox Insider customers on Xbox One, and it isn’t redeemable through older-gen consoles, PC or mobile devices. Xbox is directing interested players to the Xbox Insider Hub on Xbox One for registration not guaranteed reservation details.