The Xbox Series and the Xbox Series S (or Xbox Series X|S for short) are here. Kind of. It's actually been a bit of nightmare getting hold of one of the new Xboxes, what with shortage of stock and ruthless tout bots snapping up all of them the moment they come on sale. But not is all doom and gloom.
The good news is that according to rumours, some retailers have been able to periodically restock in both February and the end of April. We've got all the details of where you can get your hands on an Xbox Series X|S right here.
And, with in-store purchases becoming a possibility, there are going to be even more chances of getting the new Xbox Series X or Series S. And that will mean online too – with more stock around, demand of the touted consoles will nosedive, meaning more honest people looking for the Xbox Series X|S online will find success. Anyway you look at it, things are looking up. So, for now, practice your thumb action, and stay hot on the refresh button on the select retailers that we've detailed below.
Xbox Series S in stock for a limited time
Xbox Series X|S: Quick links
- Newegg: In stock now - only Xbox Series S (opens in new tab)
- Amazon: Had stock 23 March - check for updates (opens in new tab)
- Microsoft: Had stock 16 March - check for updates (opens in new tab)
- Walmart: Had stock 15 April - check for updates (opens in new tab)
- Target: Had stock 22 March - check for updates (opens in new tab)
- B&H Photo: Previously in stock - check for updates (opens in new tab)
- Best Buy: Had stock 26 March - check for updates (opens in new tab)
Where to buy Xbox Series X|S: US
At the time of writing, there is Xbox Series S stock at Newegg (opens in new tab), so get over there now!
All retailers listed below are the most likely places to find Xbox Series X or S stock, but due to high interest, the stock might not be available initially or consistently. The consoles are on a first come, first served basis, so you'll need a bit of luck on your side to get hold of one. But these are the best places to try, so if you persevere it may well pay off. Good luck!
Xbox Series X|S at Amazon
If anyone's going to have stock for the new consoles, you'd expect it to be retail giant Amazon, especially over Cyber Monday. There's no news yet but it's definitely worth checking back, and being super, super quick if a console does come up.
Xbox Series X|S at Microsoft Store (opens in new tab)
The advantage of checking the Microsoft Store is that it shows you several retailers at once, saving you the bother of clicking through them all. And surely if you really want to find something, it's best to go straight to the source.
Xbox Series X|S at B&H Photo (opens in new tab)
B&H Photo offers to notify you when the latest Xbox becomes available, which will save you a lot of refreshing. It's another retailer that not everyone will associate with consoles, too, so you could be lucky. We don't expect a lot of stock, though.
Where to buy Xbox Series X|S: UK
Xbox Series X|S at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Amazon has had Xbox Series X and S stock on and off recently, with new stock dropping without any warning. Not surprisingly, the deals are selling out quickly once they do arrive, but you never know, Cyber Monday could be your lucky day!
As we've said, many of the above retailers may still be out of stock, as the new Xbox consoles has been popular, to say the least. But if you're completely committed to getting one of the new Xbox consoles, then there are at least some lovely Xbox and gaming accessories that you can get right now...
Xbox Series X|S accessories
Want more deals, on a range of products? Keep an eye on our Cyber Monday sales roundup.
Xbox Series X|S: More information
Xbox Series X|S release: At a glance
- Xbox console options: Xbox Series X (4K, Blu-ray drive); Xbox Series S (digital only).
- Xbox price points: Xbox Series X: $499.99 / £449.99; Xbox Series S: $299.99 / £249.99
- New Xbox games confirmed: Halo Infinite; Assassins Creed Valhalla; Borderlands 3; Bright Memory 1.0; Cuisine Royale; Dead by Daylight... plus many more!
- Previous Xbox release: Xbox One S released in 2016, and the higher-end Xbox One X released in 2017.
Xbox Series X vs Xbox Series S: Design
First of all, before all that great gaming, is the look. And there's quite a difference in how each of these consoles look. The bigger, chunkier Xbox Series X is massive. Its design gives off an impressive aura of weightiness. It wants you to take it seriously, and considering what's inside it, that totally makes sense. It's available in black only, with some green highlights.
The S in Series S, we're guessing, is for slim (certainly compared to Series X (XXL)). It actually resembles the Xbox One S, and we love the black, round grill surrounded by white body. Both are classy in our eyes, but we'll admit they also have a 'love it or hate it' kind of design vibe.
Xbox Series X vs Xbox Series S: Power and price
Each of these Xboxes come with a AMD Zen 2 eight-core processor... what does this mean? It means that both of these things are super powerful. This will mean significant faster loading time with way more stability than any previous Xbox to date. For context, the Series S boasts four times the processing power of the Xbox One, and the Series X much more.
As for the graphics processing, the X has 12 TFLOPS (52CUs at 1.825GHz) of RDNA 2 graphics; while the S has 4 TFLOPS (20CUs at 1.565GHz) of RDNA 2 graphics. And when it comes to RAM, the bigger brother sports 16GB, while the S offers 10GB.
Of course, the main difference for many players is the fact that the Series X has a disc drive, and the Series S does not. That's reflected in the price difference: $499.99 / £449.99 for the X, $299.99 / £249.99 for the S. So do you take the less powerful (though still plenty powerful compared to previous models), digital only Xbox, or shell out more for the disc-carrying Xbox X, with the option of selling on any game discs that you're done with? Decisions, decisions...