Invite-only Xbox Series X restocks are now happening — what you need to know

Xbox Series X restock
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Microsoft's Xbox Series X console is near-impossible to find in stock. So now Microsoft is borrowing a page from Sony. The company is sending invite-only Xbox Series X restock e-mails, according to reader tips we've received. 

The e-mails contain a unique link that allows you to purchase an Xbox Series X direct from Microsoft. Receiving an e-mail doesn't guarantee you'll get a console — you'll still need to be quick to purchase an Xbox — but it certainly makes it somewhat easier to score an Xbox Series X console, especially now that Black Friday deals season has started. 

Unfortunately, there's nothing you can do to get onto Microsoft's invite-list. (Other than having an active e-mail registered with Microsoft). Unlike Sony — which is still accepting registrations for its holiday restocks — Microsoft has been hush about its invite-only restocks. Our best advice is to make sure you check your spam box should you receive anything from Microsoft. In fact, we've received notices from readers saying they've found their Microsoft invites in their spam boxes, so it doesn't hurt to check. 

Microsoft Xbox Series X invite

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Alternatively, Walmart will have Xbox Series X consoles for sale on Monday, November 22. The restock will be part of the Walmart Black Friday deals event, which starts at 3 p.m. ET for Walmart Plus members. (The restock portion will start at 4 p.m. ET). 

In the meantime, make sure to check out our Black Friday Xbox Series X deals coverage for the best deals on games and accessories. 

Louis Ramirez

As deals editor-in-chief at Tom’s Guide, Louis is constantly looking for ways to avoid paying full price for the latest gadgets, appliances, and apparel. With over 10 years of deals-hunting experience, Louis price checks against multiple retailers and searches high and low for the best deals to bring readers. He's also always on the look out for the best coupon codes to use when shopping. A born-and-bred New Yorker, Louis is also an avid swimmer and marathoner. His work has appeared on Gizmodo, CNET, and Time Out New York.