Though the Xbox team is delivering new shipments of Xbox One consoles to retailers "as fast as possible," various stores remain sold out of the system, Microsoft has said. That doesn't mean it's impossible to find a console, however.
Writing on the Xbox Wire, Microsoft director of Xbox Live programming Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb outlined some "tips and tricks" you can use to find a console this holiday season.
In addition to the methods listed below, Hryb said tracking sites like XboxOneLocator and NowInStock are a good way to find out when systems are in stock. He also suggested following his Twitter account, where he will tweet details about availability.
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Call your local retailers to find out which day of the week they receive shipments. You can check in each week to see if they have new stock.
Use retailers’ online stock checkers to find a store with Xbox One in stock near you, although we recommend calling to confirm.
- Check with stores outside of densely populated areas – you may have more luck in smaller locations.
On the same day that Sony announced PlayStation 4 worldwide sales have reached 2.1 million units, Microsoft said yesterday that the Xbox One is seeing "unprecedented" demand, but did not share a new sales figure beyond the 1 million units sold in 24 hours from November.