Where to Buy Xbox Series X -
|Xbox Series S, X. Photo: TechRadar|
It's not hard locating where to buy Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, the challenge is finding a retailer that has either of the games consoles in stock. Currently, U.S. retailers are pretty much all sold out of Microsoft's new consoles.
Yet with a new year comes the opportunity for new Xbox Series X and Series S restocks, as retailers look to start 2021 with fresh stock to push to keen Microsoft gamers. In a video podcast, Xbox Live director of programming Larry Hyrb spoke to Xbox boss Phil Spencer, with the latter assuring Xbox fans that Microsoft is "working as hard as we can" to make sure more Xbox Series X stock will be available.
Where to buy Xbox Series X: Restock links and updates
As of Wednesday, January 6, at 5:05 p.m. ET, there are no Xbox Series X or Series S consoles in stock. You might have some luck with the Xbox Series S at Target, where the console has been in stock at some locations, though it's currently unavailable at the stores near Tom's Guide staffers.
From our experience, Xbox Series S stock tends to linger a little longer after a restock; grab it while you can before it sells out. Sadly, the Xbox Series X remains sold out. Check the following retailers to see who may have Xbox Series X restocks.
Best Buy: Xbox Series X | Xbox Series S
Walmart: Xbox Series X | Xbox Series S
Amazon: Xbox Series X | Xbox Series S
Target: Xbox Series X | Xbox Series S
Microsoft: Xbox Series X | Xbox Series S
GameStop: Xbox Series X | Xbox Series S
Newegg: Xbox Series X | Xbox Series S
Adorama: Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S bundles
Lenovo: Xbox Series X | Xbox Series S
There's a good reason Microsoft's new consoles are flying off shelves. In our Xbox Series X review, we gave the new system major props for its blistering performance, zippy load times and comprehensive backward compatibility with every generation of Xbox. And as we noted in our Xbox Series S review, the cheaper next-gen Xbox still delivers many of the same great features for those with 1080p TVs.
With that in mind, see the latest Xbox Series X stock updates and tips for getting your new Microsoft console below.
Where to buy Xbox Series X: Restock news
If you do manage to snag an Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S, many of the console's accessories are in stock. That includes the Xbox Series X's pricey 1TB Seagate storage expansion drive, and the slick new Xbox Wireless Controller, which also works on PC and Xbox One.We've not seen any retailers with Xbox Series X consoles in stock. But that doesn't mean it's not worth sweeping through the retailers below in case you get lucky.
We've included handy links to every notable store page below, where you can sign up to be notified on the latest news around Xbox Series X availability, according to Tomsguide.
Xbox Series X review: Our verdict is in!
Plus: Where to buy PS5 — latest stock updates
UK: Xbox Series X order details
The Xbox Series X costs £449 in the UK, while the all-digital Xbox Series S is £249. Below are links to the major UK shops stocking the Xbox. As its a brand new console, the price should be the same across all stores.
BT: Xbox Series IN STOCK NOW! Stock due to ship on 8th January.
Amazon France: Xbox Series S IN STOCK NOW!
Amazon UK: "currently unavailable" – but available from third-party sellers at a markup
Box: sold out – create stock alert here
EE: sold out – existing customers can keep checking the Add to Plan service
Microsoft Store: sold out – keep checking the website for restocks
Currys PC World: sold out – check back regularly for a chance to buy
Argos: "working hard to get more stock", keep checking
GAME: sold out – keep checking website and social media
Smyths Toys (Xbox All Access retailer): sold out
Simply Games: sold out – register your interest now
Shopto: sold out
US: Xbox Series X order details
The Xbox Series X costs $499 in the US while the all-digital Xbox Series S is $299. Many stores are out of stock but Best Buy has stock of three Series S packages, including the console bundled with an extra controller and 3-months Xbox Game Pass for $380 (saving you $25).
One place you can buy the new Xbox Series X is StockX, but be prepared to pay more than the list price. Buyers are currently asking around $400 for the Series S and $700 for the Series X. You'll also want to make sure the console has the right plug for your region, as reported by
Best Buy Xbox Series S packages IN STOCK NOW!
Walmart (Xbox All Access retailer): sign up for stock alerts
Amazon: currently out of stock
Microsoft Store: restocking on ad hoc basis – keep checking back
GameStop (Xbox All Access retailer): currently out of stoc
Target: currently out of stock
Newegg: currently out of stock – sign up to be notified
Sam’s Club: currently out of stock
StockX: stock available – but be prepared to pay over the MSRP
Rest of the world: Xbox Series X pre-order details
Shoppers in Australia and New Zealand were the first to get their Xbox Series X pre-orders in, with the 8am pre-order time arriving at these time zones first.
The price of the Xbox Series X in Australia is AU$749. In New Zealand, it's NZ$799.
The price of the Xbox Series S in Australia is AU$499. In New Zealand, it's NZ$549.
Canadians can also now pre-order the Xbox Series X for CA$599 and the Xbox Series S can be pre-ordered for CA$379.
Canada - Amazon, Best Buy, Microsoft Store, Walmart
New Zealand - Microsoft Store, Spark
Australia - Harvey Norman, Microsoft Store, Telstra
General advice for restocks
Trying to get your hands on something with limited stock is really, really stressful. Make sure to give yourself the best chance you can by following the advice below!
Make sure you have an account at the store, and all personal information is updated. Restocks of popular items like the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S put huge strains on websites. On top of that, when it comes to items like these, retailers will only allow you to hold it in your cart for a few minutes. Don’t waste your chance trying to update your address or payment information!
Start refreshing the page early. Often, retailers won’t put stock up at EXACTLY the moment they say. It may be a few minutes early or late. Get to the store page of the item you want before the restock time. You might get lucky!
Use Ctrl+F5, not just F5. This gives you a hard refresh, that doesn’t pull store information from the cache. So, you won’t get outdated information and will be able to see the “Buy” button as soon as possible!
It’s usually better to be on the computer, rather than your phone. While that is not always the case, mobile websites aren’t always optimized for fast refreshing. Or optimized for mobile viewing at all, sometimes. However, sometimes you can have better luck on a mobile app than a browser site. It’s not very often, though, so it’s best to start trying with your computer browser, first.
Xbox Series X price vs PlayStation 5 price
After many leaks and speculation, Sony confirmed the PS5 Digital and PS5 prices at £360 ($400, AU$599) and £450 ($500, AU$750) respectively. That came as a pleasant surprise to those who'd expected the PS5 to be priced much higher than the rival Xbox Series X.
As it turns out, the full-fat PS5 and Xbox Series X cost the same, although the all-digital Series S undercuts the PS5 Digital Edition by a fair margin of £90 ($100, AU$100).
Bear in mind, however, that the Xbox Series S is less powerful than the Series X, whereas the PS5 Digital Edition is identical to the standard PS5 except for the lack of a disc drive, as reported by Whatthifi.
|As frustrating as it can be to find an Xbox Series X or Series S, we suggest you avoid buying a console from these scalpers. Paying massively over the odds for a console that doesn't have a huge range of new Xbox Series X games isn’t a shrewd move in our opinion. If you can hold out until 2021 Microsoft should have more Xbox Series X units to ship, as well as the promise of more exclusive games for the console, making it a much better time to get one.|
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