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Xbox Restocks: Check Stock At Walmart, Best Buy, GameStop, And More

The Xbox Series X|S continues to be extremely hard to find in 2021, but we're tracking restocks in real-time here.

Though the Xbox Series X and Series S are somewhat easier to secure than the PS5, neither console is readily available at major retailers, despite us being several months out from the consoles' launch. In general, the Xbox Series X continues to sell out fast, and buying one is largely a matter of luck and being ready at the right time. And while the Series S tends to stick around longer during restocks, buying one at list price is no easy task either. That doesn't mean securing the Xbox Series X|S is impossible, however--here are some things to keep in mind if you're looking to buy a new Xbox:

How to buy an Xbox Series X: Our best tips

  • 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.
  • 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.

Where to buy the Xbox Series X|S

In the meantime, you can check the Xbox Series X listings at major retailers as well as the latest restock news below. 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. 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 in bundles or on reseller sites like StockX, we do recommend waiting to buy the new Xbox for its list price of $500.

The Xbox Series X ($500) and Xbox Series S ($300) released on November 10.
The Xbox Series X ($500) and Xbox Series S ($300) released on November 10.

Xbox Series X availability at GameStop

GameStop restocked the Xbox Series X and Series S on February 24, but they were only available in bundles. The retailer also had standalone Xbox Series S consoles available on February 25.


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.


Xbox Series X availability at Walmart

Walmart restocked the Xbox Series X and Series S on March 4. The retailer followed its usual approach of releasing waves of consoles every 10 minutes. As usual, the consoles sold out almost immediately each time they were made available.


Xbox Series X availability at Amazon

We don't know when you'll be able to buy an Xbox Series X from Amazon again. While we've seen it restock the PS5 a few times, 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 February 25. 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|S accessories

A wide range of Xbox Series X headsets, controllers, and other accessories are available.
A wide range of Xbox Series X headsets, controllers, and other accessories are available.

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.

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