July is here, and we’re still tracking Xbox restocks. Get caught up on the latest Xbox Series X restock news and check inventory here.
By Jenae Sitzes on July 2, 2021 at 12:10PM PDT
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Xbox Series X restocks remain few and far between, and after Microsoft’s impressive showing at E3, more people are trying to get their hands on a Series X than ever. However, this week has seen the Series X pop up at a few stores, including Best Buy and Target, so it seems retailers may be starting to release more stock. As Xbox shortages continue, Microsoft has also launched its own Console Purchase Pilot program, letting those in the Xbox Insiders program register to potentially reserve a console. It expanded stock with more inventory on June 1. There’s no word on when the next wave of Xbox Insiders will be invited to buy a Series X, though.
While we don’t recommend paying over list price for the Xbox Series X, StockX always has inventory available if you’re willing to pay more. The Xbox Series X has been popping up regularly (and without notice) at stores like Antonline and even the Microsoft Store, so you’ll want to keep checking listings and restock Twitter accounts. For now, check out some of our best tips for securing an Xbox Series X below and check the listings we’ve rounded up here in case of availability. How to buy an Xbox Series X: Our best tips
Securing the Xbox Series X|S isn’t impossible; it’s largely a matter of luck and being ready at the right time. However, here are some things to keep in mind if you’re looking to buy a new Xbox (plus, check out where to buy the official Xbox Wireless Headset).
Follow restock accounts on Twitter and turn on notifications: When it comes to buying an Xbox Series X, it’s helpful to follow Twitter accounts that tweet about restocks. You may want to turn on notifications for those accounts as well, though keep in mind some of them tweet about deals and other news as well. Wario64 is a great account to follow, as is Xbox Stock Alerts. Of course, we tweet about Xbox restocks on our GameSpot Deals account as well.
Follow a Twitch bot tracking console restocks in real time: Twitch user killercam1020 has a 24/7 stream that uses a bot to track restocks for both the Xbox Series X|S and PS5 at major retailers. The constantly moving wall of text usually shows “Out of Stock” at all stores, but when the bot detects the Series X being in stock somewhere, you’ll be one of the first to know, if you’re monitoring the stream. You can also follow Cameron Ritz, who runs the stream, on Twitter for updates.
Stay logged in at major retailers and ensure info is up to date: To help checkout go as smoothly as possible, it’s best to have up-to-date accounts at all major retailers, such as GameStop and Walmart. Double-check that your shipping and billing information is accurate as well–you don’t want to be updating these sections during a restock when the Series X could sell out any second.
Be ready at exact restock times when announced beforehand: Generally, Xbox Series X restocks happen without much warning, but Walmart and GameStop in particular are known to announce restocks beforehand, though this could range from days prior to an hour before the restock. These pre-announced restocks can sell out particularly fast, but being ready at your computer with payment information on hand will give you the best chance at snagging an Xbox Series X.
Keep an eye on smaller retailers: Stores like Amazon and Best Buy aren’t the only places to buy an Xbox Series X. You can also find next-gen consoles at stores like Newegg and Antonline. Stores that require certain membership can also be a good option, like the Exchange (military only) and Costco.
Know whether you’re willing to buy a bundle: Some retailers only sell the Xbox Series X in expensive bundles–these include the console along with other items like a bonus controller, a Game Pass subscription, and games. You’re paying a premium here to get products you may or may not want, so you should consider if you’re willing to pay above MSRP just to own the Xbox Series X.
Bookmark the product pages: It’s a good idea to know exactly where to buy the Xbox Series X at Amazon, Walmart, and other major retailers. Save the direct listings for these stores so you know exactly what page to refresh. We’ve rounded up those links further down in this article.
When will Xbox Series X|S stock stabilize?
Don’t expect the Xbox stock situation to improve much until this summer at the earliest, 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. However, the console shortages will likely continue for even longer than that, as the global chip shortage has reached a “crisis” point. There’s a widespread semiconductor shortage that’s affecting several different industries, including console production as well as cars and other tech. The shortage has been “steadily worsening since last year,” according to The Guardian, and shows no sign of improving right now.
- Xbox Series X stocks can be found at Best Buy, Target, GameStop, and other retailers
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