Senior managers sent out a nationwide e-mail to store managers telling them to cease all pre-orders on the system due to nationwide allocation limits. Many stores had already stopped due to individual store-level allocations. Stores have been directed to send shoppers looking to pre-order the system to the GameStop online store where pre-orders are still available.
All stores, however, are continuing to take Playstation 4 pre-orders. At first glance, this may look like a bigger success story for Microsoft. That is, until you look at the numbers allocated by each company for pre-order sales. Each store has been allocated 60 Playstation 4's to sell in advance, as opposed to only 16 Xbox One's. Allocations are determined by the manufacturer.
GameStop began taking pre-orders for the Xbox One on June 10th by placing a $100 deposit. The system is slated for a November release. While physical retail stores will no longer accept orders, reservations can still be made at GameStop.com or on Amazon. In the meantime, the Xbox One wireless controller and top Xbox One games like: Ryse: Son of Rome, Forza Motorsport 5, and Kinect Sports Rivals are available for pre-order at all GameStop stores or online.