We’re now into the second month of 2021, and for those still looking to buy an Xbox Series X, the restock situation hasn’t gotten much better. Though Microsoft’s next-gen console launched three months ago, the Series X remains extremely difficult to find in stock, as does the Series S, though the small, digital-only console tends to be easier to buy during restocks. Don’t expect things to improve much in the next few months, as Microsoft recently admitted Xbox Series X|S stock will be “constrained at least through June,” according to The New York Times. The company apparently sold every Xbox Series X|S unit it had last quarter, and it hasn’t shared any specific restock news for 2021.
So what does that mean for those still looking to buy an Xbox Series X or Series X? We likely won’t see a widespread Xbox restock until this summer, and you probably won’t spot one on the shelf at your local Walmart or Best Buy. That doesn’t mean buying one of the new Xbox consoles is impossible, however. Online retailers have been offering smaller restocks online sporadically throughout early 2021 so far, including a relatively large restock across all major retailers last month (the biggest we’ve seen since Black Friday). The Xbox Series X and Series S continue to sell out within minutes every time they come into stock, so buying one is a matter of luck and being ready at the right time. Advance notice is rarely given for an Xbox Series X restock, but sometimes Walmart or GameStop will announce a coming restock the day before.
If any retailers announce restock times for the Xbox Series X or S in the coming weeks, we’ll include those details here. It could be a few weeks before you actually get the system once you order it, so keep that in mind when planning your downtime. We’ve seen some stores offer pricey bundles that are available more frequently, as well. Others are even offering occasional discounts on bundles with extra controllers, but these are relatively rare. As of now, you still can’t really find the console in retail stores without a pickup order.
While you can more easily buy the Xbox Series X above MSRP on reseller sites like StockX, we do recommend waiting to buy the new Xbox for its list price of $500. And unless you’re truly desperate, avoid pricey bundles that come with accessories and games you don’t really need.
Where to buy the Xbox Series X|S
Xbox Series X availability at GameStop
GameStop restocked the Xbox Series X and Series S on January 27, but it was only available to purchase as a bundle.
Xbox Series X availability at Best Buy
We don’t know when you’ll be able to buy an Xbox Series X from Best Buy again. Best Buy didn’t have any Xbox Series X or Series S units in stores in 2020, but the retailer has stated that stock will be on store shelves this year. We don’t know an exact date for when in-store stock will be available, though. We’ve seen next-gen consoles pop up on Best Buy’s website without much warning. The Xbox Series S was available last on December 28. It tends to last longer than the Series X whenever it’s restocked.
Xbox Series X availability at Walmart
Walmart last restocked the Xbox Series X and Series S on February 4 and gave hopeful buyers (and resellers) about an hour’s notice. The latest Walmart restock started at 12 PM PT / 3 PM ET and sold out immediately; the consoles were then offered every 10 minutes until they eventually sold out for good. Walmart’s restocks have been particularly frustrating. Though having the advance notice is convenient, it also guarantees a huge rush of traffic to the site all at once, and you often don’t even see the “add to cart” button appear before it sells out (or clicking the “add to cart” button will bring up a message saying the item is sold out.)
Xbox Series X availability at Amazon
We don’t know when you’ll be able to buy an Xbox Series X from Amazon again. Amazon has had very little Xbox Series X|S inventory since the consoles first launched on November 10, and there’s no word on a restock in the near future. Amazon’s listings even say, “We don’t know when or if this item will be back in stock.”
Xbox Series X availability at Target
Target last had the Xbox Series X available for purchase on January 24. This time, it was available for shipping rather than only in-store pickup, and the system didn’t appear to be immediately snagged by bots.
Xbox Series X availability at other retailers
Online store Antonline tends to have Xbox bundles in stock fairly regularly, particularly the Xbox Series S.
We’ve seen sporadic restocks on the Microsoft Store, but they’re never announced ahead of time. The latest Xbox restock from Microsoft’s own store was on January 25 during the evening.
If you miss out on restocks at the major retailers, reseller sites like StockX have plenty of units available, though be prepared to pay more than list price. Right now, buyers are asking around $420 for the Series S and $700 for the Series X. If you do buy from a reseller, make sure the Xbox console you’re getting has the right type of plug for your region.
Xbox Series X|S accessories
The great thing about Xbox Series X accessories is that the vast majority of products that were compatible with Xbox One work with the Series X and S as well, including headsets and controllers.
New Xbox Wireless Controllers released alongside the Xbox Series X and Series S, and they’re available in Carbon Black, Robot White, and Shock Blue. They feature a more ergonomic design; textured grips on the bumpers, triggers, and back case; and an Elite controller-inspired hybrid D-pad for improved precision. The updated controllers also have a new integrated Share button for capturing and recording gameplay moments.
Xbox Series X|S games and Game Pass subscription
Microsoft is pushing its Xbox Game Pass subscription for next-gen, which grants access to a massive, rotating library of games for a monthly fee, including the ability to play first-party games like Halo Infinite on day one. New subscribers can sign up for their first month of Game Pass Ultimate for $1–do this before you take advantage of any Game Pass deals online. You’ll also get an extra month of Game Pass Ultimate for free if you turn on recurring billing (it has to be turned off before you redeem a code in order to get the prompt).
Check out our list of all the Xbox Series X launch games available at launch as well as new Xbox games coming soon.