Many gamers coveting Microsoft’s new gaming system probably feel like they’re trapped in an endless cycle: They wait to hear about Xbox Series X restocks, they log on the moment those consoles become available and then it sells out within seconds and they’re left empty-handed. It’s certainly frustrating, and as with the PS5, which is now the fastest-selling console in US history, demand for the Xbox Series X is still greatly outpacing supply. This is partly due to the pandemic, which has lots of people looking for more entertainment options they can enjoy at home.
But don’t become disheartened by your frustration. There’s hope. You see, in recent weeks, we’ve been seeing more frequent inventory drops at major retailers. And the fact that retailers are announcing Series X and Series S restocks at all means that your chances of snagging a new console are getting better. The $500 Xbox Series X is the game console of choice for its 4K video and 120Hz refresh rates, but if you don’t have a 4K TV, the all-digital Xbox Series S is an excellent system and costs a much more reasonable $300.
For the latest news on Xbox console inventory updates, check back here frequently. You can monitor Xbox availability on your own as well — Twitter is a popular (if not entirely reliable) source of Xbox restock rumors. But here at CNET, we occasionally get an update directly from retailers and other tipsters about upcoming inventory restocks, and when we do, we put the word out immediately.
This much is true: It will probably be months before normal Xbox Series X stock inventory levels appear in major retailer stores, so if you don’t put some effort in, getting your own Xbox before summer is likely to be a challenge. Microsoft recently said that it expects inventory to be short through June.
After this list of related stories, you’ll find a list of all the major retailers (and high-profile resellers) where you can monitor Xbox stock updates and availability.
Xbox Series X Restock Possibilities
You can find both the Xbox Series X and the less expensive Series S on the same Amazon product page.
This is the product page for the Xbox Series at GameStop.
You might also want to visit the retailer’s Xbox landing page to see both new consoles, but here’s the product page for the Xbox Series X.
If you want to get the latest on the Xbox Series X, there’s probably nowhere better than Microsoft’s own Xbox Series X homepage.
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.
Here’s where to find the Xbox Series X at Best Buy (when inventory drops).
We highly recommend waiting for inventory to appear at ordinary retailers so you can buy an Xbox Series X at the regular retail price. But if you simply can’t wait, be advised that the average Xbox Series X price on eBay is about $800.
Are you willing to pay a premium of hundreds of dollars over the list price? We don’t recommend doing that, but StockX is a reputable eBay-style site that will let you buy a new Xbox — as long as you’re willing to pay $650 or more.
This story is updated frequently with the latest Xbox Series X inventory news.
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