Oh, and if you’re looking for discounts, check out our full list of best Xbox deals, which covers sales of games, consoles, accessories, etc.
Where to buy Xbox Series X
Where to buy Xbox Series S
It’s no surprise that Microsoft’s next-gen consoles are hard to find. With many people switching to new TVs, they want a console that can take full advantage of the latest features. The Xbox Series X is for 4K TVs, while the S Series is optimized for 1440p output. But either console brings new features like Smart Delivery (seamless upgrade to the next-gen games version), 120fps gameplay, and fast loading speeds.
The first thing you need are the links from the retailers for the new material. But if you click on them at any time, there is little chance that you will find them in stock. How do you know when they are in stock?
Follow Xbox Series X | S Trackers on Twitter
While some retailers advertise in advance when they have incoming Xbox inventory, others just like to surprise people. Either way, your best bet for knowing when the Xbox Series X and Series S are in stock is to follow a Twitter account that tracks such things. If you really want a new console, you can also turn on notifications for tweets. Here are some accounts to follow to know when new stock is available:
Tips for getting an Xbox Series X or S
On any devices that you might be using to try and buy a next-gen console, make sure you’re signed in to all major retailer sites. It’s also wise to keep your credit card on file so you don’t have to worry about entering your information while the clock is ticking while you try to verify.
Speaking of retailers, each of the major retailers has their own quirks for dealing with the Xbox Series X and S when it comes back to stock. Here’s what to expect from each.
Amazon is a matter of surprise. The online retailer never announces when the new Xbox stock will arrive and be available. When new consoles arrive, Amazon simply switches their “Sold Out” button to “Add to Cart”, and anyone who sees it in time can try adding it to their cart. Your best bet here is to follow IGN Deals or another Twitter account dedicated to such things.
Best Buy also tends to release new inventory out of the blue. When it does, here’s how it works: You press the button to add the Xbox Series X or S to your cart. If you’re lucky, you’ll go straight to checkout. If you are not so lucky, the “Add to cart” button will turn gray and after a few minutes it will turn yellow again, and you will have to press the button again. Then the game begins again: the lucky few will checkout, while the others will have to wait until the button turns yellow again to try again until all the stock has run out.
GameStop tends to announce that it will have new Xbox stock before it goes live on the site. And in addition to standalone Xboxes, it also has bundles that include a new Xbox Series X or S, along with games, controllers, and more.
The regrouping is like a double-edged sword. If you’re lucky enough to get a bundle of items that you would have bought anyway, that’s okay. But if the only Xbox you can get is the one with items you don’t want, that’s not that nice.
Walmart is actually the best of all retailers when it comes to announcing the next Xbox stock before it goes live. Sometimes the retailer will notify you a day or several days in advance. They even say exactly when to expect the new stock to arrive, usually 11:30 am PT or 12:00 pm PT on the day it is expected to occur. It is also unusual for Walmart to release its inventory in batches. Each batch sells out within minutes, but a new batch is released 10 minutes later until all stock is depleted.
On the plus side, it gives you a number of options to try and get an Xbox from Walmart. It also gives you the option of getting one even if you are not visiting the site when they first go live. But on the other hand, if you fail to catch one all afternoon, it can be a big waste of time and it can be more demoralizing.
When will the Xbox Series X and S be readily available?
That’s the big question isn’t it? When can you expect to visit an online or in-person retailer and find a lot of Xbox Series X and S stock? Sony and Microsoft have said they expect supply constraints on semiconductors to prevent them from shipping as many next-gen systems as they had hoped until at least the first half of 2021, and potentially beyond.
Where to buy Xbox series accessories
You can count on it: with a new generation of consoles comes a new range of accessories. Microsoft and others have introduced an improved controller, new wireless headset, and a few other things. That said, in keeping with Microsoft’s efforts to ease the transition between generations of consoles, all (or nearly all) Xbox One devices are also fully compatible with the X and S series.
Chris Reed is Editor-in-Chief and Transactions Expert at IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @_chrislreed.