Xbox Series X restock watching is becoming ridiculous now. Well, borderline ridiculous anyway. Let me put it this way: April has been bad even in the context of the Very Bad Overall Situation we are in when it comes to Xbox restocks. A real low point.
That’s not to say there hasn’t been some fortune, with small restocks popping up. Microsoft had some yesterday that stuck around for a bit and actually enabled people to get some wins, and as it’s Friday today we’ve got everything crossed that Best Buy will come in big. But we’ve said that before too…
But it can’t be all doom and gloom: everyone’s better off remaining diligent and vigilant anyway: retailers drop stock often without a warning so it pays to be constantly ready. To get you going, here are the leading retailers’ links to get to the right places quickly.
It’ll pay to keep abreast of all the other big players though, and for several different reasons, here’s where and why you can check this week.
While general XboxSeries X restocks have been poor in recent times, GameStop did have a bunch of All Access stock this week too, which hopefully means that other retailers will follow suit. And even though we’re past Thursday – when both Target and Walmart often have stock – it’ll pay to check them out too. Just in case.
Amazon has indeed been barren recently, but write off one of the world’s largest online retailers at your peril. It’s always worth checking, and maybe the prolonged absence can only mean that there’s going to be a big old Xbox Series X restock coming soon – like that mysterious 46,000 PS5 stock drop that never materialized…. (We can hope!)
It might feel futile sometimes, and certainly an extraordinary amount of effort just to buy a nice thing, but we’re here to help. We’ve herded up a host of the best Xbox Series X and S retailers on this page, including those above, which will still prove your best bets for checking Xbox Series X restocks.
Xbox Series X restock at Walmart
Walmart has previous form with going live with Xbox Series X restocks on Thursday afternoons (ET) so watch out for this one tomorrow. The retailer helpfully updates the listings to confirm this too, which is something we wish others would follow suit on. However, there’s often a small handful of waves of the stock so all is not lost if the first batch gets hoovered up quickly.
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If you’re browsing for an Xbox Series X|S console, at Walmart then you might consider grabbing the new Walmart Plus service while you’re there – you can get a 15-day free trial as easy as pie right now. This gets you free grocery deliveries – sometimes with same-day delivery – and free, incredibly fast shipping on items from Walmart.com.as well as discounted fuel, and ‘mobile scan and go’ for checkout-free shopping in-store (when it’s safe to go and do so).
Xbox Series X restock at Amazon
Xbox Series X | $499 | Check at Amazon
Certainly our preference on the hardware team, this version of the console is the full fat model, offering the fullest of hardware upgrades and being the variant with the disc drive which you can put any Xbox game disc into to enjoy. The distinctive packaging and box itself have been winning fans over and it’s hard to miss online or in-store.View Deal
Xbox Series S | $399 | Check at Amazon
This is the slimmed-down, digital-only version of Microsoft’s latest console and offers something slightly different for those looking to get a new-gen experience. While not quite as powerful as the Series X (no 4K gaming here), the Series S costs way less and offers a great way to play your digital-only collection of games. Being starkly different in design and packaging the white design is an eye-catcher on shelves and listings online too. Digital games are often more expensive than discs, so just bear that in mind before committing to this model if you’re undecided.
Xbox Series X restock at Best Buy
As is now customary, Fridays mean Best Buy could very well drop an Xbox Series X restock today. This usually happens between 12pm (ish) and 3pm (ish) ET. But be vigilant and ready beforehand and after too. Here are the pertinent links to get you going:
Xbox Series X restock – latest retailer info and links to keep checking
Unfortunately, not all the go-to Xbox Series X restock stores have, or will have, reliable or predictable patterns. This means it’s certainly worth trying your luck whenever you have an opportunity to visit the sites – as much as the patterns help we have heard of random success stories at almost every time of day and place imaginable.
Xbox Series X – $499
Xbox Series S – $299
Tips to buy an Xbox Series X or S at Amazon, Walmart, Target
Sign in early: Don’t forget to sign in to any accounts beforehand – or just permanently. I often do this when I’m chasing something, particularly at the beginning of each day. You’ll then be ready to go if and when an Xbox Series X restock happens.
Get your payment details ready: There certainly have been a few horror stories over the past months of folks having items removed or become unavailable just because they couldn’t check out fast enough. It seems very harsh, but it still happens. To avoid a disaster like that, have your payment details on-hand or logged in with the website or your account already.
Use multiple devices: Not necessarily always possible, but we have heard of success stories here – particularly when moving from one to the other. First, by using multiple devices, you boost the odds in your favor by checking websites with multiple devices, but some people have had luck adding an Xbox Series X console into their basket from a retailer’s app, the switching to desktop to finish the purchase. We’ll take anything.
Know the price: Seems obvious but in the rush, some folks can gloss over this. The Xbox Series X costs $499.99, while Xbox Series S will set you back $299.99. If you see any offers that are more expensive than that for just the console then don’t buy them – they’re either scalping or scamming you.
Keep refreshing the page: Preparing yourself for a drop? An Xbox Series X restock won’t let you add the console to your basket ahead of time, so refresh the page ahead of the drop to grab it as soon as possible.
Bundles sell out slower: They’ll set you back a bit more, but that’s why Xbox Series X restock bundles are worth considering: fewer people seem to go after the bundles if a solo console is available, so they don’t sell out as fast. Our vote goes to any bundle with an extra controller – this will pay itself off in a blink of an eye and ensure you’re always playing with a charged pad.
Watch out for Twitter trends: Keeping an eye on trends and stock accounts isn’t a bad idea – they’re a good early warning system for an Xbox Series X restock.
Here are those retailer links once again. Good luck!
Xbox Series X restock – retailer links
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