Thanks to the sheer demand, and scalpers running amok, it's been a mission trying to nail down a new Xbox, and news of months of shortages isn't helping. But retailers have still got stock that looks set to trickle out between now and Christmas, and Walmart is next up for an Xbox Series X restock this week, so scroll on down for more details.
Best Buy, GameStop, and Meijer also released more consoles for Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, so we're keeping an eye on them too.
You can check the availability of both of Microsoft's consoles across retailers in the US, UK, and Australia below. We should see Xbox Series X|S consoles in stores and online in the runup to the Christmas gift season, so be sure you make online accounts too get through the checkout process as quickly and easily as possible.
If the PS5 is more your style, head on over to out PS5 restock guide to see where and when you can pick one up this week. You'll need to be quick off the mark though, as they're getting snapped up in seconds.
Xbox Series X: top retailers [UK]
GAME sold out of the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S pretty fast, but has had restocks since launch. It sneakily released some Black Friday stock, so we'll keep an eye on the site for more drops over the coming weeks.View Deal
Very is a great place to visit for the new consoles, but it tends to sell out pretty fast so don't expect to see stock available for long. Very released stock over the weekend that was snapped up by scalpers, but has since cancelled the orders, so standby for more updates from the retailer. View Deal
The Xbox Series X is listed as out of stock at Amazon, but the retailer has had stock refreshes with now warning. We're hoping to see an Xbox Series X restock before Christmas, but you could be looking at a possible 2021 delivery date. View Deal
Currys was set to get an Xbox Series X restock for Black Friday, but cancelled at the last minute. The site has been inundated over the course of the console launch, so you'll need to be very fast to secure one when it finally does go live. If you don't have an account, make one, and be sure to log in to make the checkout process as smooth as possible. View Deal
Not a retailer many would think of for game console orders, but John Lewis' fantastic customer service and two-year guarantee actually make it a great place to lock-in an Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S. The retailer doesn't have an update on when more will be back in, but it's worth keeping an eye open as we head towards Christmas.View Deal
Smyth's Toys is almost certainly going to have an Xbox Series X restock, so while we wait on official word, bookmark the site and keep checking in for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.View Deal
Argos seems to be in the same boat as Very with its seemingly tiny stock gobbled up within minutes of going live. The retailer now recommends its customers register their interest to be notified when it gets more consoles in.View Deal
BOX is getting not one, but two waves of Xbox Series X|S restocks in December. The retailer is adopting a novel approach in the interest of fairness, and is adopting a ballot format. Just register your interest for the Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S and 'winners' will be selected and given the opportunity to buy one. The restock is happening on December 7, and December 14, so head over there and submit your info for a chance to snag one.
Xbox Series X: top retailers [USA]
Walmart| Available December 3, 9AM PST/ 11AM CT/ 12PM EST
Walmart has announced an Xbox Series X|S restock for this Thursday, an hour after its PS5 stock drops. Make sure you create an account and have your payment details to hand when the stock goes live, so you don't waste any time in the checkout process. .View Deal
Best Buy dropped its Cyber Monday Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S over the weekend, and it sold out fast. We don't know if it's got more up its sleeve, but we'll be keeping an eye on the website.View Deal
Amazon usually has large allotments of products on launch days, but the official channels for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S seem to have dried up. There are sellers advertising the consoles for double their usual price, but it's worth hanging on, with Amazon confirming that it's getting more stock in December. View Deal
GameStop sold the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S for Black Friday in-store, but quantity was limited. It also dropped more Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S bundles online, so keep an eye on the website over the next week or two.View Deal
While the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S are Microsoft's babies, visiting the store right now and trying to buy one will direct you to retail partner websites where you can pick up the consoles. It's worth keeping the page bookmarked just in case, but try your luck elsewhere first. View Deal
Target has sold out of the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. The retailer hasn't confirmed that it's getting more in yet, but we'd be surprised if hasn't allocated stock for the pre-Christmas shopping rush. Bookmark the page and check back, and we'll keep you updated!View Deal
Xbox Series X: top retailers [AUS]
In Australia, prices start at AU$33 per month for Series S and AU$46 per month for Series X. If you're keen, visit the Telstra site this week to check for Black Friday deals. You'll need to be a Telstra post-paid mobile or broadband customer to sign up. The site says it'll be shipping the Xbox Series X in December, presumably when it gets more stock in. View Deal
JB suspended its Xbox Series X pre-orders, but promised more when it has confirmation of more stock. So it's worth checking the website for the Xbox Series X over the next week or two week as retailers start prepping for Christmas. View Deal
One of the official partners on Microsoft’s ‘pre-order retailers’ list, Harvey Norman had a large allocation of consoles available to pre-order, and we expect it to be getting an Xbox Series X restock in the runup to Christmas.View Deal
Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S?
With the next-gen Xbox, you'll essentially be deciding between a pricey and more powerful console with the Xbox Series X, or a surprisingly cheap, all-digital option, that's being touted as the smallest Xbox console ever.
While the Xbox Series S isn't packing the same premium hardware as the Xbox Series X, it boasts four times the processing powerful of the Xbox One X. The main difference between the two next-gen options is the resolution; the Xbox Series X can support 4K gaming at 60fps, while the Xbox Series S offers 1440p at 60fps.
Whichever flavor of Xbox console you opt for, you'll want to do your due diligence when it comes to making sure you're snagging the best deal; we've made that job a whole lot easier by hooking you up with retailers in your region so you can instantly find the best places to pre-order the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S in the UK, USA and Australia. You can find links to these retailers above.
Xbox Series X: What are the console bundle options?
We haven't seen any console bundle options revealed yet – from Microsoft or other retailers – but if you were hoping for a Halo Infinite bundle, you're out of luck as the game has been delayed.
Instead, Microsoft is leaning into its Game Pass, offering four generations of titles at launch for gamers straight off the bat. No doubt we'll see bundles with upcoming titles like Cyberpunk 2077, and Assassin's Creed Valhalla for players who want to sink their teeth into a brand new game. We may even see special editions of the console in upcoming bundles, so keep an eye out.
Xbox Series X All Access
Xbox Series X All Access is a payment program that Microsoft has announced that allows gamers to pick up a next-gen console without the upfront cost – in a similar vein to smartphone contracts.
The Xbox Series X is available on All Access for $35 / £29 / AU$46 per month, while the Xbox Series S will cost $25 / £21 / AU$33 per month. The contract is for 24-months and is interest-free; it also includes 24-months of Game Pass Ultimate, offering a saving of over £100 over the duration of contract.
It is a credit agreement ultimately, so be sure to give it the same consideration you'd give any other before committing to it.