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The Outer Worlds pre-order guide

How to pre-order The Outer Worlds
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Now that's it's only a few weeks away, getting your duck in a row so you know how to pre-order The Outer Worlds is a good idea if you'd like to be sure you'll get it on day one. Launching on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on 25 October 2019, there's a lot of buzz surrounding Obsidian Entertainment's sci-fi epic - particularly because you can download it at no extra cost on day one if you already have Xbox Game Pass. Which is awesome, obviously.

Not sure whether you should give The Outer Worlds a go? This is a reactive, story-driven RPG from the team behind Fallout: New Vegas and Pillars of Eternity. Set in a distant future where corporations rule everything, you play the role of 'The Stranger' - an unlucky colonist who was lost in transit on their way to a new life, waking up decades later than expected and staring down the barrel of a world they don't understand. It's all about choices and the consequences of them - Obsidian confirmed that every NPC in The Outer Worlds can permanently die recently, for example - making The Outer Worlds pre-order worthwhile if you're a fan of franchises like Fallout or The Elder Scrolls. Although it's not an open-world sandbox that'll take hundreds of hours to beat like them, it occupies the same sort of space - albeit with a far more tongue-in-cheek sense of humor. If you want to actually see what it's like then check out 20 minutes of raw The Outer Worlds gameplay footage from the Tokyo Game Show from last month. And if that convinces you to pre-order  The Outer Worlds - which it should - then take heart from the fact that Microsoft believes The Outer Worlds will be "an enduring franchise", hinting at a sequel already.

Just remember, The Outer Worlds is an Epic Store exclusive on PC and is available as part of Xbox Game Pass for both Xbox One and PC; if you already have a live subscription, you'll be able to play it there upon release.  

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Rather unusually, but in an excellent, refreshing kind of way, The Outer Worlds is not launching or 'pre-ordering' with a multitude of different editions. There's no extra fuss here: no super mega huge collector's editions with statues or special editions with digital bonuses only, just the game that you can pre-order in advance of its release date to ensure you get going at the earliest available time. Simples.

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Getting the most out of The Outer Worlds

Undoubtedly, you'll want to optimise your gaming setup to get the best out of your The Outer Worlds pre-order. If you're a console gamer, then we'd recommend you check out upgrading to the top models of the major consoles available with either  one of the best PS4 Pro deals or one of the best Xbox One X deals going. If PC is your gaming haven, then consider boosting your setup with one of the best gaming PCs or best gaming laptops to immerse you in the glories that The Outer Worlds will bring to your eyes. 

Speaking of being immersed in The Outer Worlds' environments and lands, make sure you see it as crisply and beautifully as possible with one of the best gaming monitors or best gaming TVs. These will give you the best means to enjoy every detail but also smooth out your game play too. Finally, ensure you have a solid gaming sound system or go for one of the best PS4 headsets, best Xbox headsets or one of the best PC headsets for gaming.

It does seem like a massive undertaking, and of course no one can upgrade all of this at once, but if you can upgrade or optimise any of your setup in these areas, you'll have an even better time with your The Outer Worlds pre-order.