Though Sony has officially confirmed that PS5 orders will be online-only on release day due to COVID-19 safety precautions, Microsoft did not confirm the same for the Xbox Series X/S. Though most retailers are still sticking to online-only orders for the Xbox Series X, GameStop has confirmed in-store availability in the coming weeks. In a tweet on Tuesday afternoon, Microsoft said day one supplies are selling out fast and urged hopeful Xbox buyers to check with their local retailers for availability before going there.
Day one supplies of Xbox Series X|S are selling very quickly, so before venturing out please be sure to check with your local retailers for any inventory availability. Stay safe and healthy! 💚
— Xbox (@Xbox) November 10, 2020
Which retailers will have the Xbox Series X/S on launch day?
Several stores, including Newegg, GameStop, Target, and the Microsoft Store, restocked at midnight and have since sold out again. It’s unclear if these retailers will have more stock of the Xbox Series X later today. GameStop’s website says, “Currently sold out, check back later,” though we saw one of its Xbox bundles become available (and sell out) again around 10 AM ET. We’re likely to see mini restocks at these retailers throughout the day, but unless you’re constantly refreshing the listings, you’ll probably miss them.
Walmart was the only store to confirm its restock time (12 PM ET) today, and it didn’t take long for all available stock to sell out.
GameStop has a limited number of Xbox Series X/S consoles available in stores today for launch. We suggest calling your local store for availability. If you miss your chance to grab the new Xbox on launch day, GameStop will also have a limited quantity of Xbox Series X and S consoles in stores on Black Friday, when stores open at 7 AM.
In Target‘s Black Friday 2020 ad, the retailer confirmed it will have the Xbox Series X and Series S in stock online-only on November 10. Since it already restocked once at midnight, it’s unclear if we’ll see the Xbox Series X at Target again later today.
Meanwhile, Best Buy has announced it will not have any Xbox Series X or Series S units in brick-and-mortar stores until 2021. The retailer would not confirm online availability for launch day and kept its plans vague, saying the Xbox Series X/S will be up for purchase on BestBuy.com when units are available.
If you miss out on restocks at the major retailers, reseller sites like StockX have plenty of units available, though be prepared to pay more than list price. Right now, buyers are asking around $380 for the Series S and $730 for the Series X.
No other retailers have shared specific plans for restocking the Xbox on launch day. To be prepared, you’ll want to be at your computer with payment info nearby and keep an eye on all major retail listings. You can also follow us on Twitter @GameSpotDeals for the latest updates on Xbox availability. In the meantime, catch up on our Xbox Series X review for our console impressions and more details.
Where to buy the Xbox Series X
Where to buy the Xbox Series S
Where to buy Xbox Series X/S accessories now
The new Xbox Wireless Controllers releasing alongside the Xbox Series X and Series S are available in Carbon Black, Robot White, and Shock Blue. They feature a more ergonomic design; textured grips on the bumpers, triggers, and back case; and an Elite controller-inspired hybrid D-pad for improved precision. The updated controllers also have a new integrated Share button for capturing and recording gameplay moments.
Xbox Series X games and subscription
Microsoft is pushing its Xbox Game Pass subscription for next-gen, which grants access to a massive, rotating library of games for a monthly fee, including the ability to play first-party games like Halo Infinite on day one. You can still preorder some of the biggest games coming to Xbox Series X and Series S now.