Beyond the first-week rush of buying the new Xbox, there is the perhaps more pressing need to obtain the console before the holiday season gets going. Many people want to gift it to family members and significant others, but Microsoft can only produce so many systems in the coming months.
So, where can you buy a next-gen Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S?
There are several options, and the best approach is an adaptable one in which you might have to try a couple of methods.
There are two Xbox models this year — the cheaper Series S at $300 and the Series X at $500.
Below are the current purchase options for both, influenced by product supply and the COVID-19 pandemic:
When is the 2020 release for Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S?
The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S come out on Tuesday, Nov. 10.
Where is the new Xbox available for sale?
The primary electronic retailers will have the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S on a first-come, first-serve basis. Those stores include Best Buy, GameStop, Walmart and Target. Try to sign up for curbside pickup if available at those outlets, as the COVID-19 pandemic will prevent many places from allowing in-store shopping. Microsoft, Amazon and AntOnline.com are also selling the new consoles online.
There are launch promotions that discount extra controllers and online access when buying the console, so make sure to investigate whether your local store has those if you’re planning to acquire them anyway.
If all else fails and you’re desperate to get the new Xbox system at any cost, there will be plenty available for resale on eBay for well above market value.
Can you still preorder the new Xbox?
The preorder process for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S is over, but there will still be consoles available for purchase on launch day.
Which stores will have the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S in stock?
It’s going to depend on where you live. For most Best Buy, GameStop and Walmart locations, you can easily check availability on Google to save time. It might also be worth giving your local store a call regardless of the online listing — you never know whether the website is not yet updated to reflect a restock.