Game outlines PS5, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S collections amidst English pandemic lockdown

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With the England bracing for another COVID-19 lockdown for four weeks, retailer Game has outlined plans for in-store collections concerning the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.

Per the announcement from the Game Twitter account just below, you can still pop into your local Game store next week to collect your pre-ordered Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S on November 10. However, there'll be reduced opening hours for all stores, so you'll only be able to pick up your next-gen Xbox between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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Additionally, Game has revealed that stores might not have any stock of the Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S on launch day for those who haven't pre-ordered. If you're looking for either Xbox console on launch day next week, you probably shouldn't head down to your local Game.

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England will be in lockdown from midnight Thursday, November 5. The lockdown period will last for four weeks, finishing on December 2, and the tweet below appears to confirm that if the England lockdown tightens, and Game is forced to close its physical storefronts, you won't be able to pick up either Xbox console until lockdown lifts.

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It's a difficult situation, that's for sure. There's no comment from Game yet on what this means for in-store pre-orders for the PS5, which is set to release the week after the two Xbox consoles on November 19.

For an online pre-order of Microsoft's more powerful next-gen console, you can head over to our Xbox Series X pre-orders guide for a list of retailers with current stock.

Hirun Cryer

Hirun Cryer is a freelance reporter and writer with Gamesradar+ based out of U.K. After earning a degree in American History specializing in journalism, cinema, literature, and history, he stepped into the games writing world, with a focus on shooters, indie games, and RPGs, and has since been the recipient of the MCV 30 Under 30 award for 2021. In his spare time he freelances with other outlets around the industry, practices Japanese, and enjoys contemporary manga and anime.