Where to buy the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S? That's the dilemma at hand for most of the gaming world right now. Microsoft's brand new consoles have been harder to find than any console in recent history, other than the PlayStation 5 that is.
That being said, there are some reasons to be optimistic. Microsoft — for very brief windows — had both consoles in stock online on Dec. 1, while Amazon Spain (and other European Amazon locations) reportedly had units of the Xbox Series X in stock. All the while U.S. retailers such as Walmart, GameSpot and Best Buy have yet to replace their Xbox Series X and Series S stock.
We recommend keeping this page bookmarked and check out the retailer links below, as if there's a sudden boost in stock you need to be ready to pounce on it before it sells out.
Where to buy Xbox Series X: Quick links
As of 8:30 pm ET, we did not see the Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S in stock. But check the following retailers frequently to see if the console comes back in.
- Walmart: Xbox Series X | Xbox Series S (in-stock alerts for Series X)
- Amazon: Xbox Series X | Xbox Series S (currently unavailable)
- Target: Xbox Series X | Xbox Series S
- Microsoft: Xbox Series X | Xbox Series S
- Best Buy: Xbox Series X | Xbox Series S (coming soon)
- GameStop: Xbox Series X | Xbox Series S
- Newegg: Xbox Series X | Xbox Series S (notifications available)
- Adorama: Xbox Series X and Xbox Series X bundles
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 backwards 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.
Some of the lack of stock is down to people using bots to buy multiple Xbox Series X and Series S consoles to then sell on at grossly inflated prices; more on that later. But according to Reddit, it seems that Best Buy has been doing a good job of curtailing bots that aim to buy as many units as possible to flip on sites like eBay.
In one case, UK retailer Very cancelled 1,000 Xbox Series X pre-orders, many of which were apparently snatched up by scalpers.
We check all of the major retailers for Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S stock daily. See the latest Xbox Series X stock updates and tips for getting your Xbox Series X below.
Where to buy Xbox Series X: Latest updates
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. Canadians have a date to look out for, though: on Thursday, Dec. 3, the Xbox Series X will be on sale at Walmart in Canada starting at Noon ET.
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 included handy links to every notable store page below, where you can sign up to be notified on the latest on Xbox Series X availability.
Where to buy Xbox Series X: Retailers
Xbox Series X at Amazon
Xbox Series X: $499 @ Amazon
Amazon is one of many retailers selling the Xbox Series X, though you'll want to act fast. This is the first place anyone looking at where to buy Xbox Series X will look.View Deal
Xbox Series X at Microsoft
Xbox Series X: $499 at Microsoft
You can get a Series X from Microsoft directly. As with other stores, we expect Microsoft's stock to go quickly, so we recommend bookmarking this page. Microsoft does list other retailers that sell Xbox Series X, and gives restock updates.View Deal
Xbox Series S: $299 at Microsoft
The more affordable next-gen Xbox is also listed at Microsoft. This console is limited to 1440p output, but still promises fast loading, ray tracing and high frame rates. As with the Xbox Series X, you'll need to check the page to see when the console is back in stock; before Cyber Monday, Microsoft's site was directing users to other retailers.View Deal
Xbox Series X at Best Buy
Xbox Series X: $499 @ Best Buy
Best Buy is one of many stores selling the Xbox Series X, though we expect it to go fast at the mega-retailer. Keep checking back for midnight Xbox Series X restocks at Best Buy — it's probably the only way you'll get one from here.View Deal
Xbox Series S: $299 at Best Buy
The Xbox Series S is also listed at Best Buy for $299, or as low as $25 per month with financing options. Like the Xbox Series X, it goes in and out of stock at this retailer.
Xbox Series X at GameStop
Xbox Series X: $499 @ GameStop
The Xbox Series X and Series S are both listed at GameStop, with new inventory expected on Black Friday. The retailer also frequently offers its own bundles with games and accessories, so keep an eye out for those.View Deal
Xbox Series X at Target
Xbox Series X at Walmart
Where to buy Xbox Series X buying tips and resources
Apart from refreshing retailer websites, there are other online channels where you can keep check to see when a unit might become available. The biggest part of knowing where to find Xbox Series X and S during Black Friday is knowing how and where to get the info first.
On Twitter, we suggest following @Wario64. The handle is known for updating users on the latest deals and restocks faster than anyone else on the platform.
Slickdeals, the online deal repository, has a forum thread dedicated to ordering an Xbox Series X through Microsoft. The thread is constantly being updated, so jump to the last page and click refresh for the latest intel on when units will become available.
PopFindr is a site that checks local retail inventories based on your zip code. For example, you can check local Target stores in your area to see if any Xbox Series X's are available. Do note, that just because it shows in stock, it might be out of stock by the time you arrive at the store.
It’s also not a bad idea to make an account on Slickdeals and set a deal alert for “Xbox Series X.” You’ll get an email alert when a new thread is made about replenished stock. But we’ve found that sometimes Slickdeals doesn’t email users fast enough. So it might be better to type in “Xbox Series X” in the search bar and sort by new. Be willing to check in multiple times a day.
CheapAssGamer is a long running video game deals website that too has a forum thread dedicated to the Xbox Series X. As of writing, the thread is over 63 pages long, and users are discussing where to find units.
For example, user Titan X had noted that computer manufacturer Lenovo would have Xbox Series X units in stock during Black Friday. Seriously, who would ever think of checking Lenovo.com for Xboxes?
Facebook and Reddit
Facebook too can be a good source of information. There are multiple Xbox Series X fan groups that keep users up to date on where the latest restocks are happening. Feel free to join a few of these groups.
And be sure to subscribe to the Xbox Series X subreddit. Sure, most of the page is dedicated to discussions and memes, but if a user notices a restock, they’ll let the community know. For example, one user found Xbox Series X units in stock at their local Walmart, with others too discussing similar finds. Again , it seems that some Walmart locations may be holding on to units to sell on Cyber Monday.
Another set of retailers to keep an eye on are subscription-based wholesalers like Costco, Sam’s Club, and BJ’s Wholesale Club. Because it requires a paid account to get access to these wholesalers, there are often fewer people jumping over each other to find a unit. If you don’t have a subscription to any of these retailers, ask a few friends or family members.
Unfortunately, wholesalers tend to bundle new consoles with either extra games or accessories. So you will likely have to pay more than the standard $500.
Check at significant times
Generally, retailers like to make stock available at certain times. The time when new Xbox Series X stock is most likely to be made available is at midnight ET, on certain days. Check all the retailers and you just might get lucky.
Other retailers favor times like 7 a.m. ET, for when customers wake up, while others will aim at midday to give everyone the best chance of finding a new Xbox Series X console.
- Costco: Xbox Series X | Xbox Series S (in and out of stock)
- Sam’s Club: Xbox Series X (out of stock)
- BJ’s Wholesale Club: Xbox Series X | Xbox Series S (in and out of stock)
If the units are out of stock online, it might be worth going to a physical location. You must bring your membership card, or go with someone who has a membership. And be sure to wear a face mask (over your nose) or retail associates will ask you to leave. If none are available in store, then at least you can walk out with a $5 rotisserie chicken.
If you’re wondering why everyone is going crazy over the Xbox Series X, it’s because it’s a very capable video game system that's helping to bring gamers into the next generation. We praised it for its performance and blistering load times in our Xbox Series X review. We were also impressed by Microsoft's cheaper console in our Xbox Series S review, though you'll have to live with trade-offs like 1080p gaming.
Where to buy Xbox Series X: Avoid the scalpers
One of the reasons for Xbox Series X and Series S stock shortages is down to scalpers snapping up large amounts of next-gen consoles in one big seep and then selling them on for extortionate prices; we’re taking thousands of dollars for a $499 games console.
VGC reported that a now infamous PS5 scalper group going by the name of CrepChiefNotify managed to snap up 1,000 Xbox Series X consoles as soon as they became available at U.K. retailer Very. And the group boasted about it online; there are select words to describe such people but they aren’t suitable for publication.
As frustrating as it can be to find an Xbox Seires 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 Seires 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.