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Where to buy Xbox Series X — the latest pre-order stock updates

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The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S are officially available for pre-order, but Microsoft new next-gen consoles are selling out fast nearly everywhere. Both systems have been nearly impossible to find at big stores such as Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart, with many gamers looking to get their hands on them before they launch on November 10. 

Fortunately, we've assembled a list of the biggest retailers we expect to have stock of the new console soon. We recommend using the retail links below and signing up for in-stock alerts at your store of choice. Be sure to bookmark this page, as we'll be regularly checking for the latest availability. 

The Series X and Series S are already sold out at many major retailers, and going in and out of stock at others. Here's a list of stores to check frequently for your Xbox Series X pre-order, as well as some tips for getting your hands on Microsoft's new consoles. 

We check all of the major retailers for Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S stock daily, and as of October 13 the console is sold out at Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop and other major retailers. Online reseller Antonline will offer special bundles of the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S starting October 13 at 2 p.m. ET, though you'll be paying upwards of $699 for a Series X bundle that includes an Elite 2 controller and 3 months of Game Pass Ultimate.

Unfortunately, if you pre-ordered an Xbox Series X at Amazon, you may not get it on launch day. The mega retailer sent a note to shoppers that the system may arrive late due to high demand. UK retailer ShopTo has also started notifying customers that their pre-orders may arrive late

If you did manage to snag an Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S, many of the console's accessories are already up for pre-order and 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.

There's a good reason Microsoft's new consoles are going fast. The $499 Xbox Series X promises to be the most powerful console ever, with 12 teraflops of graphics power for immersive 4K gaming at 60 frames per second and a custom SSD that all but eliminates load times. The $299 Xbox Series S retains many of its big brother's key features — including fast loading, ray tracing and high framerates — with a more modest 1440p resolution limit, making it the killer next-gen value of the year. 

We've included handy links to every notable store page below, where you can sign up to be notified on the latest on availability. 

Xbox Series X pre-orders at Amazon

Xbox Series X: $499 @ Amazon
Amazon will be one of many retailers selling the Xbox Series X, though you'll want to act fast.View Deal

Xbox Series X pre-orders 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 store to go quickly, so we recommend bookmarking this page.View Deal

Xbox Series S: $299 at Microsoft
The more affordable next-gen Xbox is also available at Microsoft. This console is limited to 1440p output, but still promises fast loading, ray tracing and high frame rates.View Deal

Xbox Series X pre-orders at Best Buy

Xbox Series X: $499 @ Best Buy
Best Buy will be one of many stores selling the Xbox Series X, though we expect it to go fast at the mega-retailer.View Deal

Xbox Series S: $299 at Best Buy
The Xbox Series S is available at Best Buy for $299, or as low as $25 per month with financing options.
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Xbox Series X pre-orders at GameStop

Xbox Series X: $499 @ GameStop
The Xbox Series X and Series S will both be available at GameStop at launch. The retailer also frequently offers its own bundles with games and accessories, so keep an eye out for those.View Deal

Xbox Series X pre-orders at Target

Xbox Series X: $499 @ Target
Expect the Xbox Series X to be available at Target on Sept. 22 at 11 a.m. ET. As with other stores, the console will go fast here.View Deal

Xbox Series S: $299 at Target
The Xbox Series S is available at Target for $299. Microsoft's entry level console may sell out even quicker than the Series X, so keep an eye on this store page.
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Xbox Series X pre-orders at Walmart

Xbox Series X: $499 at Walmart
The Xbox Series X is being sold at Walmart, but stock is already going fast. You can sign up for in-stock alerts if it's sold out.View Deal

Xbox Series S: $299 at Walmart
The Xbox Series X is being sold at Walmart, but stock is already going fast. You can sign up for in-stock alerts if it's sold out.View Deal

Xbox Series X accessory pre-orders

Seagate 1TB Storage Expansion Card: $219 @ Best Buy
This proprietary storage expansion card isn't cheap, but it'll give you an extra 1TB of storage for instantly loading up Xbox Series X games. While other SSDs will work with Xbox Series X, you'll need this drive to run next-gen games directly from external storage.View Deal

Xbox Wireless Controller: From $59.99 @ Amazon
The latest Xbox Wireless Controller improves on the last-gen model with textured grips, better ergonomics, a dedicated share button and a new rounded d-pad. It's available in white, black and an especially slick Shock Blue. View Deal

Can't find an Xbox Series X pre-order?

If you're having trouble securing an Xbox Series X or Series S pre-order, our best advice is to be patient. Stock has been coming in and out since pre-orders first went live on Sept. 22, and more consoles will likely become available between now and launch. If you're especially patient, you can even skip pre-ordering an Xbox Series X all together. Nearly all of the system's launch games, including Assassin's Creed Valhalla and Gears Tactics, will be available on Xbox One, and will get a free upgrade once you make the jump to a Series X or Series S.

You can also consider trying to snag a PS5 pre-order, but Sony's console has been just as hard to come by. If you're simply looking for an affordable games machine, the Nintendo Switch is more readily available.

But the best Xbox Series X alternative just might be one of the best gaming PCs and best gaming laptops. That's because all major Xbox Game Studios titles are also available on Windows, including current games like Gears 5 and Sea of Thieves and upcoming releases like Halo Infinite and Forza Motorsport. And with Xbox Game Pass for PC, you can get all of these games and more for a single monthly fee.

But if you're set on having an Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S under your TV, we recommend checking back occasionally, signing up for email alerts and bookmarking your favorite retailers. You'll get your hands on a new console eventually -- it might just take some waiting.