The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S have had their global launch, but they've been insanely difficult to get hold of! The good news is that this Black Friday, retailers are getting an Xbox Series X restock, along with the Xbox Series S.
You'll be able to get hold of the PS5 too if you're fast enough, with our PS5 restock guide, thanks to incoming Black Friday deals. And as the Christmas gift season gets into full swing, we'll hopefully see more consoles available then, although retailers have yet to reveal their festive plans.
Xbox Series X: top retailers [UK]
GAME is offered pre-orders for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S with a delivery date of December 18, 2020, which is the earlies time you'll receive the console for orders placed from the November 10 launch day onward. It hasn't confirmed if it'll be getting Black Friday stock yet, but it's likely, so we'll keep you updated.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 hasn't weighed in on the Black Friday Xbox Series X stock yet, but we'd be surprised if it hasn't held back some units for the pre-Christmas rush.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 expect it to have an Xbox Series X restock this week, but you could be looking at a possible 2021 delivery date. View Deal
Currys is another retailer that we expect to be getting a Black Friday Xbox Series X restock from. The site has been inundated over the course of the console launch, so you'll need to be very fast to secure one. 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 for Black Friday sales. 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
Xbox Series X: top retailers [USA]
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 until Black Friday, with Amazon confirming that it's getting more stock in November and December. 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
Best Buy is getting Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S stock in this week for Black Friday! Keep an eye on the site on November 22 – we don't have an exact time, so you'll need to monitor the site as early as possible. 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 for Black Friday but we'd be surprised if hasn't allocated stock for the event, given its competitors have done so. 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 this week as retailers start their Black Friday sales. 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 this week.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.