Similar to how you can purchase tickets ahead of time for a big movie opening you can purchase video games before they are released as well. Purchasing a video game before it is released is called pre-ordering.
If you are excited about an upcoming new video game pre-ordering is a great way to ensure that you will be able to play that game as soon as it is released.
Ways to Pre-Order New Video Games
If you think you are interested in pre-ordering a game you should know that there are two ways to do it.
You can pre-order a physical copy of the video game and pick up the physical disc or cartridge at the store on the day the video game is released. For extremely popular, or highly anticipated games, this could mean long lines and late nights at the video game store on the day a new game is released.
Below are links where you can browse through the best selling games for the current game systems.
- Xbox One
- PlayStation 4
- Nintendo Switch
- Wii U (this console came out before the Switch – it is also from Nintendo)
You can also pre-order digital copies that you can download to your video game system in the convenience of your own home. Just like the physical copies of video games, digital copies are available to play on the day the video game is released.
Below are links where you can browse through digital copies of the best selling games for the current game systems.
Each way comes with its own advantages and drawbacks. You can click here to read an article where we do a more in-depth examination of the pros and cons of both physical and digital copies of video games to see which one is best for you.