Microsoft’s next-gen gaming consoles, the Xbox Series X and Series S, came out in November 2020, but buying one even now has been challenging. If you have a hard time keeping up with restocks on where to buy either console, don’t worry. We are here to help you keep tabs and better your chances of securing either next-gen Xbox console.
Keep in mind that due to the high demand of this console, supply will likely not last long, with inventory selling out typically less than an hour after being made available. Nevertheless, we’ll do our best to keep this article updated with the latest in-stock alerts and tell you when the most recent restock was available at the retailers.
We will also note any opportunities to buy either Xbox console through the Xbox All Access Plan.
Where can I buy an Xbox Series X / Series S right now?
Due to the pandemic, most retailers, including Best Buy and Target, will only sell the console online until further notice. We see restocks happening multiple times throughout a week from various retailers; most notably, we have seen frequent restocks recently appear at Best Buy, GameStop, Microsoft Store, and Walmart, in particular.
The Xbox Series S costs $300 and is currently the most affordable ninth-generation home gaming console. It is smaller, less powerful, and lacks a disc drive, limiting you to only playing digital games. The $500 Xbox Series X serves as Microsoft’s flagship gaming console, including a disc drive and more powerful hardware.
What accessories do I need to buy for the Xbox Series X / Series S?
Whether you purchase the most affordable next-gen console (the Xbox Series S) or Microsoft’s most powerful gaming console to date (Series X), they share many accessories that will help you get the most out of your experience.
If you plan to share this console and play local co-op games with family or friends, the purchase of an additional controller is a must. Normally $60, the new Xbox controller does get discounted sometimes.
The official Xbox Wireless Controller has a dedicated share button for saving clips and screenshots and sharing them online, Bluetooth support, and a USB-C port for charging up Microsoft’s play-and-charge rechargeable battery.
If you are planning to subscribe to both Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass, I recommend consolidating those separate purchases and subscribing to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. It combines both services into one package, while also providing additional access to Game Pass for PC and access to Microsoft’s cloud gaming service, xCloud.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate offers access to more than 100 titles, including the likes of Halo Infinite, Powerwash Simulator, Pentiment, and surprise hits like Hi-Fi Rush, which you can play on Xbox consoles and PC. The pass also gives subscribers access to exclusive deals, online multiplayer, and Microsoft’s cloud gaming service, Xbox Cloud Gaming.
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, but it is very expensive, costing $220.
There is a solution that can alleviate this until additional SSD options are made available — specifically, using an external hard drive. Ideally, I would suggest buying an external hard drive if you plan to play some older games so you don’t use up your limited SSD.
A portable USB 3.2 Gen 1 hard drive for storing and playing older Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox One games on an Xbox Series X / S console. You can also store newer Xbox Series titles on it temporarily, freeing up space on the console’s internal SSD — though you’ll have to transfer them back to play them again.