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Microsoft’s Xbox Series X / S is available at Best Buy [UPDATE: Series X Sold Out]

Both consoles are available online starting at $299.99

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Microsoft’s Xbox Series X console
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Update March 26th, 2021 2:50PM ET: Best Buy has sold out of the Xbox series X. The $300 all-digital Series S model is still available for $299.99.

If you are looking to buy Microsoft’s most powerful console to date, the Xbox Series X, you can try your luck again right now at Best Buy. The retailer also has the more affordable, all-digital Series S available for $299.99.

Due to the high demand, we expect the supply to run out very quickly, so don’t hesitate if you’re hoping to score one.

Microsoft Xbox Series X

  • $500

The Xbox Series X is Microsoft’s flagship console, serving as its most powerful (and biggest) option. While the Series S is aimed at smooth 1440p performance and takes a disc-less aproach, the $500 Series X is focused on fast, 4K gameplay.

Once you’ve secured your next-gen Xbox, you might want to buy some additional items, such as games to play on your new console. I strongly recommend picking up a subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which includes a wide array of first- and third-party titles, including a slew of Bethesda games following Microsoft’s acquisition of ZeniMax.

Of course, if you plan to share this console with a loved one, I also recommend buying an extra controller, as the console only comes with one controller.

Xbox Wireless Controller

  • $45
  • $60
  • 26% off

First up, controllers. You probably already know that Microsoft’s Xbox One wireless controller is also compatible with the new Series X / S consoles, which is great. However, the older controller model lacks a few features that might make the newer one a worthy upgrade for you.

For instance, the revised controller has a dedicated share button for saving clips and screenshots and sharing them online, a USB-C port for charging up Microsoft’s optional $24.99 play-and-charge rechargeable battery, along with a few cosmetic and physical improvements to the d-pad and triggers. It’s not a completely new controller, like the PS5’s DualSense, but that comes through with its lower price tag. Regularly $60, right now you can pick up the Xbox wireless controller in black and shock blue for roughly $45 from GameStop.

In addition to working with the Xbox consoles, the new controller also has Bluetooth support so you can easily connect it to your Android phone, iPhone, or PC. If your PC doesn’t have Bluetooth, you can pick up the Xbox wireless adapter made for Windows 10. Microsoft sells the aforementioned PC adapter for $24.99.

Moreover, in honor of its 20th birthday on November 15th, Microsoft will also launch a new controller with a translucent look that otherwise is the same model that typically ships with Series S and Series X consoles. These look similar to some of the first see-through controllers Microsoft ever shipped with the original Xbox debug kits. You can preorder them now for $69.99 through the Microsoft Store.

While on the topic of buying new stuff, it’s not a bad idea to get a TV that will take advantage of next-gen hardware. If you have money to spend, Best Buy is currently selling a Vizio 65-inch 4K OLED TV for $1,500 — that is $500 off its usual price.

Vizio 4K OLED TV (55-inch)

  • $1,200
  • $1,300
  • 8% off

Vizio is a newcomer to the OLED TV space, but it’s using the same beautiful LG panel as everyone else — and pricing it for much less. The Vizio OLED should be a perfect fit for either the Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5, thanks to its fluid 120Hz 4K gaming capabilities, and the perfect blacks will make your Netflix content look great, too.