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Trying to get an Xbox Series X? If so, you are not alone. We’ve all been waiting a month for Xbox inventory to show up online, and honestly, Microsoft’s Nov. 10 rollout of the new consoles is starting to feel like a bit of a tease. Microsoft’s next-generation gaming consoles — the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S — sold out more or less instantly back on launch day and then went on to sell out within minutes every time there has been any sort of inventory drop at major retailers. In part, that’s obviously due to insatiable consumer demand. But there’s little doubt that it also has a lot to do with resellers beating average consumers to the punch.
In recent weeks, Twitter has become a clearinghouse for rumors and speculation about upcoming restocks at online retailers, as well as trade tales about various Xbox whales that got away. And then there are reports of upcoming restocks that sound promising but are probably just trolling.
So what’s a gamer to do? For sure, follow the news on Twitter. It’s a good source for instant updates and you might get lucky. But we’re also keeping you up to date on what retailers like Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon, GameStop and Target are planning right here.
While Walmart, Antonline and GameStop recently replenished their Xbox Series inventory and sold out within minutes, we haven’t seen much other news or activity. That’s more or less what we expected; Microsoft confirmed on Nov. 16 that Xbox inventory could be tight through April 2021.
That doesn’t mean the occasional inventory drop won’t happen, though, so it pays to keep an eye out for restocks. What follows is a list of the major retailers selling the Xbox Series X. Our advice is to seek out the $500 retail price and avoid those pricey retailer bundles (which include extraneous controllers, accessories and games).
Xbox Series X: Check inventory restock
Amazon is selling the Xbox Series X and the less expensive Series S from this same product page.
Best Buy was the last retailer standing back in the preorder days of September, but now stands ready for your Xbox Series X purchase as inventory allows.
GameStop had touted “very limited number of Xbox Series X and S console bundles for purchase” but those are currently sold out.
Walmart does a solid job of noting availability windows for PS5 and Xbox on its Twitter feed. You might also want to visit the retailer’s Xbox landing page for both new consoles.
If you want to get the latest on the Xbox Series X, there’s probably nowhere better than Microsoft’s own Xbox Series X home page. Here you’ll find the latest specs, announced game titles, details on the new controller and more.
This is Target’s product page for the Xbox Series X.
This is where you can purchase the Xbox Series X at Newegg when the retailer has inventory.
Are you already getting desperate? Are you willing to pay a premium of hundreds of dollars over the list price? Listen, we wouldn’t do this and we don’t recommend you do it, either. But if you want to take that path, StockX is a reputable eBay-style site that will let you buy and sell new Xbox and PS5 models — as long as you’re willing to pay upwards of $750.
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