There are many places we expect to see more Xbox Series X restocks soon, including Walmart, which just restocked its Xbox Series X inventory in a month. Today, no Xbox Series X restocks have been publicly announced, but that does not mean one is not coming. You just have to be ready to purchase in the afternoons to take advantage of surprise restocks.
The following tips will help you get a console.
- Typically, unannounced restocks happen after 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET) except when they are from Target, which releases them before 6 a.m. PT (9 a.m. ET).
- There are membership subscriptions at Walmart, GameStop, and Best Buy that frequently provide early access to restocks, but they are not always required. Even if you don’t pay for early access, you should still create an account with these retailers to expedite checkout.
- Often, using an app is faster than using a website, but both are better. Install the app for your preferred retailer.
Would you like to know how to increase your chances of getting a console? Here’s what we’ve got.
Why is the Xbox tough to find?
Xbox consoles haven’t been able to meet demand because Microsoft hasn’t been able to get enough materials. Right now, there is a shortage of chips for the PlayStation 5 and many PC video cards, which is slowing supply. Chip manufacturers were affected by the pandemic, and industry watchers don’t expect the issue to be resolved for months to come.
Therefore, Microsoft makes as many consoles as possible and distributes them among its retail partners. It is up to each retailer to release its consoles in whatever manner it deems appropriate. In most cases, this means announcing ahead of time when you’ll be able to buy the console online and then releasing it to the public.
Where has the Xbox been recent?
We keep track of every console restock, and keep a list here of the most likely places you will find a console, as well as when it was last in stock there.
- GameStop: Dec. 28
- Target: Dec. 2, 16, Jan. 6
- Amazon: Nov. 21
- Walmart: Dec. 13, Jan. 13
- Best Buy: Dec. 22, 28, Jan. 11
What can I do to improve my chances of getting an Xbox Series X?
Having to constantly refresh the screen and hope to see a checkout link can seem a bit chaotic. You can imagine how painful it is to punch in your credit card information only to realize that the purchase cannot be completed since all the consoles have sold out. We have some suggestions:
- Multi-browser support: Do you have a laptop? A phone? Maybe a tablet? Try to make the purchase with all of them. Prepare ahead of time by opening multiple browsers on the retail sites of your choice and be prepared to make purchases from all of them.
- Please don’t give up: Many of these retailers have started releasing the consoles over the course of 30 minutes to keep bots from buying them all and reselling them at a higher price. You still have a chance to get in if everything is sold out after the first five minutes, so keep refreshing.
- Create an account and sign in: Entering your payment and shipping information quickly can make the difference between getting your console or not. Set up an account on the websites where you’ll be shopping so you won’t have to wait.
- It has been reported that a purchase could become “stuck” and even though the website said the sale had been completed, no confirmation email arrived, and the Xbox never arrived. Make sure an Xbox Series X is actually heading your way before you celebrate.
What are the risks of buying Xboxes from unofficial sources?
You can safely purchase a secondhand Xbox in some places. There are measures in place to ensure that you don’t spend money and end up with nothing when you shop on eBay or StockX.
In addition to this, there are many scammers out there eager to take advantage of everyone trying to get an Xbox Series X. Avoid these scams by following these tips:
- Avoid Twitter links: If you see on Twitter that there is a restock of the Xbox Series X taking place, go straight to the retailer instead of clicking a link. Those Twitter links have often led to scams.
- You should only buy at the retail price: If someone offers you an Xbox Series X for more than $500 or an Xbox Series S for less than $300, you should probably avoid them. There are many of these sites offering “deals” or “bundles” that are not worth the money.
The Halo Infinite edition
Microsoft released a special edition of the Series X console themed after Halo Infinite, the series’ most recent title, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Xbox’s original flagship series Halo. Limited editions of the console sold out quickly.
There is a possibility that a few of the consoles are floating around out there even though all retailers list them as out of stock. If you’re really committed to getting your hands on a Series X (and don’t mind dropping an extra $50,) you might want to look around for one.
Xbox Series X deals
The Xbox Series X deals we have to report on are unavailable at the moment. There is so much demand for Microsoft’s console – and so little supply – that retailers simply have no incentive to offer Xbox Series X deals. We expect Xbox Series X deals to appear as bundles and freebies rather than dollar-off discounts when they appear.
Deals on Xbox Series X games and accessories are available, though. Often, Amazon has Xbox controllers and accessories on sale, whereas Best Buy normally has multiple games on sale.