Gamers on the hunt for the Xbox Series X have come up against a lot of challenges. Beyond typical new-console enthusiasm, the pandemic has pushed demand for gaming systems sky high. Nearly everyone is looking for entertainment they can enjoy at home — the same reason even not-so-new consoles were out of stock for months. With tons of people still desperate to buy an Xbox Series X console, it appears to be nearly as in-demand as the PS5, which is now the fastest-selling console in US history. Major retailers like Target, Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon and GameStop are still struggling to keep the Xbox Series X in stock.
But there’s some good news on the horizon: We’ve been seeing more frequent inventory drops at major retailers in recent weeks. And the fact that retailers are announcing Series X and Series S restocks at all means that your prospects 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 Xbox Series S 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 word 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 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 the 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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