In November, Sony and Microsoft will have what may be the two biggest hardware launches in 2013; the PlayStation 4 on Nov. 15 and the Xbox One on Nov. 22. One of the biggest retailers for the launch of both consoles in the U.S. will be Best Buy. This week, the retailer detailed how it will handle the many customers who will be lining up to buy the PS4 and Xbox One on their respective launch dates.
In a press release, Best Buy says that their stores that will hold midnight launch events for the consoles will open two hours early on those dates "to give customers an opportunity to get the games, accessories, connections" ahead of the sales of the consoles themselves. Each Best Buy store will have a "limited number" of PS4 and Xbox One consoles available for purchase but details were not announced.
For people who have already pre-ordered the consoles at their store locations, Best Buy says there will be a separate line to handle those customers, and they will be given their console units first. It adds:
Customers who pre-ordered their unit in-store will need a photo ID, the credit/debit card used to pre-order and their pre-order receipt. Customers who pre-ordered their unit online at BestBuy.com will need a photo ID, the credit/debit card used to pre-order and their order number.
So far, other major retailers such as GameStop, Walmart, Toy"R"Us and Target have not yet announced how they will handle their own PS4 and Xbox One launches but we will offer that information in the days leading up to those dates.