The holiday season is approaching and it is virtually guaranteed that the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S will be top of wishlists for the second year in a row. Sadly, it looks like securing an X Series and an S Series won’t be much easier than last holiday season. Almost 11 months have passed since the launch of Microsoft’s latest consoles, but retailers still don’t have them readily available on the shelves (both real shelves and virtual shelves). It’s common to see multiple Xbox Series X and Series S restockings each week, including bundles, Xbox All Access payment plans, and standalone consoles. There’s even a Halo Infinite Xbox Series X Special Edition released in November, but it’s only been restocked a few times since pre-orders went live. Often times Xbox Series X restockings come with little warning, but hopefully as we move into the holiday season more consoles become available. You can view all the retailer listings for the X and S series below.
Where to buy an Xbox Series X: check availability
In the meantime, you can check out Xbox Series X listings at major retailers as well as the latest restocking news below. It may take a few weeks for you to get the system once you order it, so keep that in mind when planning your downtime. As of now, you still can’t really find the console in retail stores without a pickup order. While you can more easily buy the Xbox Series X above the MSRP in bundles or on reseller sites like StockX, we recommend that you wait to buy the new Xbox for its list price of $ 500.
Xbox Series X restocks at Target
Target’s Xbox Series X restocking strategy has changed quite drastically recently; the retailer’s new policy is that the Xbox Series X and S can now be sold as soon as inventory is available, rather than waiting for set delivery dates. This means that we now see the availability of the Xbox Series X almost every day at Target – however, that is only for certain locations with extremely limited stocks. As such, you should make sure your zip code is updated before checking availability at Target. Both Order Pickup and Drive Up will be available for online orders, but no in-store console purchases are allowed.
Xbox Series X restocks on GameStop
GameStop tends to sell the Xbox Series X and S as expensive packs that include accessories like an additional controller or Game Pass. It recently restocked the Xbox Series X and Series S in bundles on September 22 for PowerUp Rewards Pro members.
Xbox Series X restocks at Best Buy
Best Buy restocked the Xbox Series X and Series S in stores on October 6.
Xbox Series X restocks at Walmart
Walmart restocked the Xbox Series X and S Series for the last time through Xbox All Access on October 1. Walmart also had consoles in stock, including the Halo Pack, on September 23. Walmart tends to announce restockings a few hours in advance and release inventory in waves every 10 minutes.
Xbox Series X restocks on Amazon
Amazon restocked the Xbox Series X in September, but it sold out incredibly quickly.
When will the Xbox Series X | S inventory stabilize?
Microsoft initially said stock for the Xbox Series X | S would be “limited until June at least,” but it looks like consoles will be in short supply all summer. However, Microsoft hasn’t shared an update on the inventory situation for several months, and Xbox shortages will likely continue for some time due to the global chip shortage. The widespread semiconductor shortage affects several different industries, including the production of consoles as well as cars and other technologies. The shortage has “worsened steadily since last year,” according to The Guardian, and shows no signs of improving at this time.
How to Buy an Xbox Series X: Tips and Tricks
Securing the Xbox Series X | S isn’t impossible; a lot of it is luck and being ready at the right time. However, here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re looking to buy a new Xbox (plus, check out where to buy the official Xbox wireless headset).
Follow replenishment accounts on Twitter and turn on notifications: When it comes to buying an Xbox Series X, it helps to follow Twitter accounts that tweet about restocking. You can also turn on notifications for these accounts, but keep in mind that some of them also tweet about offers and other news. Wario64 is a great account to follow, just like Xbox Stock Alerts. Of course, we tweet about Xbox restockings on our GameSpot Deals Account also.
Track restocking from a real-time Twitch bot tracking console: Twitch user killercam1020 has a 24/7 feed that uses a bot to track restocks for the Xbox Series X | S and PS5 at major retailers. The constantly moving wall of text usually displays “Out of Stock” in all stores, but when the bot detects the X-Series is in stock somewhere, you’ll be one of the first to know if you’re watching the flow. You can also follow Cameron Ritz, who manages the feed, on Twitter for updates.
Don’t buy from strangers on Twitter: It’s never a good idea to buy the Xbox Series X at random on Twitter which offers it to you at only a small premium. Even if the account is verified and seems legitimate, Twitter scams are rife and you don’t want to risk losing hundreds of dollars. Stick with the major retailers and try to buy at list price.
Stay connected with major retailers and make sure information is up to date: To facilitate payment, it’s best to have up-to-date accounts at all major retailers, such as GameStop and Walmart. Also verify that your shipping and billing information is correct. You don’t want to update these sections during a restock when the X series might be sold out at any time.
Be prepared for exact replenishment times when announced in advance: Usually, Xbox Series X restockings happen without much warning, but Walmart and GameStop in particular have been known to announce restocks ahead of time, although it can be anywhere from a few days to an hour before restocking. These pre-announced replenishments can sell out particularly quickly, but being ready on your computer with payment information handy will give you the best chance of snagging an Xbox Series X.
Keep an eye out for small retailers: Stores like Amazon and Best Buy aren’t the only places to buy an Xbox Series X. You can also find next-gen consoles at stores like Newegg and Antonline. Stores that require some membership can also be a good option, such as the Exchange (military only) and Costco.
Know if you’re ready to buy a plan: Some retailers only sell the Xbox Series X in expensive bundles – these include the console as well as other items like a bonus controller, Game Pass membership, and games. You’re paying a premium here for getting products you want or not, so you have to ask yourself if you’re willing to pay above the MSRP just to own the Xbox Series X.
Xbox Series X Accessories | S
The great thing about Xbox Series X accessories is that the vast majority of products that are compatible with Xbox One also work with the X and S series, including headsets and controllers.
The new Xbox Wireless Controllers launched alongside the Xbox Series X and Series S, and they’re available in Carbon Black, Robot White, and Shock Blue. They have a more ergonomic design; textured grips on bumpers, triggers and rear housing; and a hybrid D-pad inspired by the Elite controller for improved precision. The updated controllers also have a new built-in Share button for capturing and recording gameplay moments.