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Hoping to buy an Xbox Series X before the end of the year? I’ve got some bad news for you. Despite debuting all the way back on Nov. 10, the next-gen console has been virtually impossible to find ever since. Yes, a few retailers have had a couple of inventory drops in the last four weeks, but the paltry restocks weren’t remotely enough to satisfy demand, especially when ordinary users have had to compete with bots and resellers.

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Currently, there’s no inventory to be had anywhere, due both to insatiable consumer demand and to resellers beating average consumers to the punch. We’re keeping an eye on Twitter and other sources of news, and we will keep you up to date on what retailers like Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon, GameStop and Target are planning.  Even so, it’s best to keep our expectations in check: Microsoft confirmed back on Nov. 16 that Xbox inventory could be tight through April 2021

What follows is a list of the major retailers selling the Xbox Series X. Our advice is to seek out the $500 retail price and avoid those pricey retailer bundles (which include extraneous controllers, accessories and games).

Xbox Series X: Check inventory restock

Best Buy was the last retailer standing back in the preorder days of September, but now stands ready for your Xbox Series X purchase as inventory allows. 

Amazon is selling the Xbox Series X and the less expensive Series S from this same product page. 

GameStop had touted “very limited number of Xbox Series X and S console bundles for purchase” but those are currently sold out.

Walmart does a solid job of noting availability windows for PS5 and Xbox on its Twitter feedYou might also want to visit the retailer’s Xbox landing page for both new consoles. 

If you want to get the latest on the Xbox Series X, there’s probably nowhere better than Microsoft’s own Xbox Series X home page. Here you’ll find the latest specs, announced game titles, details on the new controller and more. 

This is Target’s product page for the Xbox Series X. 

This is where you can purchase the Xbox Series X at Newegg when the retailer has inventory. 

Are you already getting desperate? Are you willing to pay a premium of hundreds of dollars over the list price? Listen, we wouldn’t do this and we don’t recommend you do it, either. But if you want to take that path, StockX is a reputable eBay-style site that will let you buy and sell new Xbox and PS5 models — as long as you’re willing to pay upwards of $750. 


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