UPDATE (19/10/21, 2:25pm GMT): Pre-orders were live at GAME, but the Xbox Mini Fridge, or the first UK batch at least, has now sold out. Original story follows below.
The Xbox Mini Fridge is available to pre-order today! In theory.
Shaped like an Xbox Series X|S, this enticing device began life as a full size fridge, used largely for marketing purposes and handed out to a select few. Later, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson handed out a few smaller versions and now, after overwhelming public demand, you have the chance to order your own.
The mini-fridge, capable of holding twelve average size cans, looks very snazzy indeed, though it’s not cheap at £89.99/$99.99. And today, it’ll be available for online pre-orders. In America, Target will be getting it, while in the EU, Toy NK and Micromania will be taking pre-orders. Meanwhile, if you’re in the UK you’ll be able to pre-order it from GAME (though postage is extra).
So what’s the catch? You can probably guess. US and EU pre-orders don’t appear to have gone up yet (likely due to the time zone differences), and GAME isn’t taking online orders ’till 2PM BST. But Game’s physical stores have been allocated a very small number, if Twitter is to be believed; one Twitter user, for example, reported that Game’s Basildon store only had three available to pre-order.
So it’s looking like Xbox Mini Fridges will be as rare, if not rarer, than actual Xbox Series X consoles. One of GAME’s in-person pre-orders has already ended up on eBay for a massive £249.99. Even though the fridges won’t arrive until December, you can expect them to sell out fast.
We have our fingers crossed that the big chains will cancel scalpers’ pre-orders but a sale’s a sale, so we’re not holding out much hope. Still, if you’re getting ready to take the plunge, we wish you the best of luck.