Xbox Series X restocking: which retailer will be restocking next?

While the Xbox Series X and S series are not as elusive as the Sony PS5, it is always difficult to get your hands on the latest consoles from Microsoft. But the good news is that we’ve been seeing more and more restocking lately, which increases your chances of finally winning a new Xbox.

Target had a first Xbox Series restock on Thursday, which still had some availability on Saturday. This follows a GameStop replenishment filled with expensive bundles that have since passed. Best Buy also restocked their inventory last week, and a lot of people have been successful in getting a new console. We don’t know which major retailer will be restocking next, but there’s a good chance there will be more coming straight from Microsoft’s store.

We know that avoiding too high a price tag or being stuck with an expensive bundle with accessories you might not want is just as important as finding an Xbox to sell in the first place. Below, we’ve shared some tips to help you score an Xbox gaming console without paying extra costs.

Why is the Xbox Series X so hard to find?

Essentially, Microsoft can’t get the hardware it needs to make enough Xbox consoles to meet demand. As with the Sony PS5 and most PC video cards, there is a shortage of chips at present. COVID-19[female[feminine has slowed production for many chipmakers for some time, and industry watchers currently don’t expect the issue to be fully resolved until the end of the year.

As a result, Microsoft manufactures as many consoles as possible and distributes them to its business partners. Each business partner publishes their available consoles in whatever way they see fit. Most of the time, that means announcing in advance when you can buy the console online and then releasing it for everyone to buy.

Over the past few weeks, these are the retailers with Xbox Series X stock:

  • Target, May 27: The console flew off physical shelves as the retailer began selling Xbox Series consoles in stores for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
  • GameStop, May 26: The video game retailer was offering several bundles with games, controllers, and gift cards.
  • Best Buy, May 24: A big restock has come and gone.
  • Walmart, May 20: There was a small restock, quickly sold out, but Walmart is keeping a few consoles for the Xbox All Access Program.
  • Microsoft, May 17: This Xbox Series X restocking took place through the new Console Purchase Pilot Program, which you could only participate in if you were part of the Xbox Insiders Program. More details on this below.

Expect more updates here as they happen.

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What is the Console Purchase Pilot Program?

Microsoft has allowed people who participate in the Xbox Insiders program to form a virtual queue that guarantees you a legitimate Xbox console at the full price once it becomes available through Microsoft. The only way to participate in this very limited program is to already own an Xbox, so you can join the Xbox Insiders program and be asked to sign up for this console purchase pilot.

For now, registration for the driver is closed, but Microsoft says it will reopen registration soon. While you wait, it’s probably a good idea to join Xbox Insiders.

How do I join the Xbox Insider program?

Microsoft’s in-house program for giving fans early access to things it tests offers a lot of great stuff to dig into, even without that early access program to buy a new Xbox. To join this program, you must be signed in to an Xbox with your own account.

1. Open the Xbox Store.

2. Search Insider.

3. Select the Xbox Insider Pack app.

4. To select Rejoin when you open the app.

Nothing you do in the Xbox Insider program is permanent. If you decide that you don’t want to be notified when test features are available, you can opt out of the Xbox Insider program at any time. The Settings page of the Insider Hub app on your Xbox will allow you to remove your Xbox from the program through the Manage devices section. Simply remove your Xbox and the Insider program will shut down.

How to increase your chances of getting an Xbox Series X when restocking

It can be a bit chaotic, constantly refreshing the screen and hoping to see a payment link. And as many can attest, it is quite a pain to enter your payment information to see that the purchase cannot be completed because all consoles are already gone. Here are some of our tips:

  • Open multiple browsers: Do you have a laptop? A phone? Maybe a tablet? Use them all to try and make the purchase. Set up ahead of time with multiple browsers open at the retail site of your choice, and be ready to buy from all of them.
  • Do not give up: Many of these retailers have started rolling out consoles within 30 minutes, to prevent bots from buying them all and reselling them at a price increase. If you see that everything is exhausted after the first 5 minutes, continue to cool off because your luck is probably not yet gone.
  • Make sure you have a confirmation E-mail: There have been numerous reports of a “stuck” purchase and even though the website said the sale was over, no confirmation email has arrived and no Xbox has arrived. Keep an eye on yourself and make sure you actually have an Xbox Series X in mind before you celebrate.

How to Avoid Xbox Series X Replenishment Scams

Unfortunately, there are a lot of people out there keen to take advantage of everyone who’s trying to get an Xbox Series X. Here’s how to avoid known scams:

  • Stay away from Twitter links: If you see something on Twitter about an Xbox Series X restock going on somewhere, your best bet is to head straight to the retailer instead of clicking a link. In many cases, these Twitter links have turned out to be scams.
  • Buy only at retail: If someone offers you an Xbox Series X for more or less than $ 500 or an Xbox Series S for more or less than $ 300, you should probably stay away. There are a large number of these sites offering “deals” or “bundles” that are often not worth the effort.

Xbox Series X: Check Inventory Replenishment

Best Buy was the last retailer to return in the pre-order days, but now stands ready for your Xbox Series X purchase as inventory allows.

    Amazon sells both the cheaper Xbox Series X and S Series from this product page.

    This is Target’s product page for the Xbox Series X.

    GameStop has in the past boasted a “very limited number of Xbox Series X and S consoles bundles to buy” but it is currently sold out.

    If you want to get the latest information on Xbox Series X, there’s probably nothing better than Microsoft’s Xbox Series X home page. Here you’ll find the latest specs, announced game titles, details on the new controller, and more.

    Walmart is doing a solid job noting windows of availability for PS5 and Xbox on its Twitter feed. You may also want to visit the retailer Xbox Landing Page for the two new consoles.

    This is where you can buy the Xbox Series X from Newegg when the retailer has inventory.

    To be clear, we strongly recommend that you wait until inventory shows up at regular retailers, so that you can purchase an Xbox Series X at the normal retail price. But if you’ve decided that you just can’t wait another moment, the average Xbox Series X price on eBay is around $ 700.

    Are you desperate now? Are you prepared to pay a premium of several hundred dollars over the list price? Look, we wouldn’t do that and neither do we recommend that you do it. But if you want to go that route, StockX is a reputable eBay-style site that will let you buy and sell new Xbox and PS5 models – as long as you’re willing to pay over $ 600.

    This story is frequently updated with the latest news from the Xbox Series X inventory.

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