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The Xbox Series X and S are available at Best Buy [Update: Series X sold out]

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Update March 5th, 2021 12:58PM ET: The Xbox Series X is now sold out at Best Buy. But the Series S is still available.

Best Buy has randomly restocked supplies for both of Microsoft’s recently released next-gen consoles: the Xbox Series X and Series S. Like some other gaming gadgets released late last year, these consoles are extremely difficult to buy, but if you move quickly, you can grab one right now.

If you are looking for a PS5 instead, Best Buy has stock available for both the PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition now.

If you are new to the Xbox console family, Costco is also selling a Series S console bundle with an extra controller for $340.

If you secure either console and wonder what to buy next, you might want to think about what games to add to your library. But if you’re unsure what to get, I suggest buying a subscription to Xbox Game Pass for console or Game Pass Ultimate. I strongly suggest Xbox Game Pass Ultimate as it includes additional perks, most notably a membership for Xbox Live Gold.

I also advise you to buy an extra controller if you are playing a game with a local co-op with a friend or family member. When it comes to additional storage, both consoles are rather limited: 512GB on the Series S, 1TB on the Series X. You can buy an SSD expansion card that only comes in 1TB, and it is very expensive, costing $220.

If you plan to download some older games, but want to save your limited SSD, you can grab an external hard drive.

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.

Seagate 1TB NVMe SSD expansion for Xbox Series X / S

  • $220

Of course, you can buy faster storage to add to your Series X / S console, but it’ll cost you significantly more money than the option above. Microsoft partnered with Seagate to make proprietary 1TB SSDs that can be inserted into the rear of either console. These $220 SSDs are advertised to be just as fast as the storage inside your new console, so this is the best place to keep all of the new games you want to quickly load and switch between at will. And, if you have the cash to burn, you can buy multiple 1TB cards and hot-swap them to access more games.

Seagate Game Drive For Xbox 4TB External Hard Drive

  • $110
  • $150
  • 27% off

Delegating your older games to slower, but far cheaper storage is a clever way to let you have all of your games accessible without crowding your already-limited SSD space – especially when there’s a sale. Right now, you can pick up Seagate’s Game Drive For Xbox external hard drive (4TB) for $110 instead of its typical $150 price tag, paying the same as well for the special game pass edition.

However, it’s worth pointing out that any external USB drive will be significantly slower to load than what the Series X’s and Series S’s respective SSDs can handle. If you’re hungry for more info, check out this in-depth look at different hard drive performance points from Digital Foundry’s Richard Leadbetter.