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Xbox Series X stock updates: where to buy the new Xbox consoles

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Xbox Series X stock has been easier to find in May compared to a seriously barren April, but we're still a long way from normality. We're here to help point you in the right direction though, and give you the rundown on where your best chances to buy an Xbox Series X lie.

We've listed the most likely retailers below, but we'd make sure to keep an eye on Amazon towards the end of June. Just as we're expecting waves of Prime Day PS5 deals, we think it's likely we'll see Xbox Series X stock in Amazon's big summer sales event too.

On the plus side right now, you are slightly more likely to find an Xbox Series X or Series S than find spare PS5 stock as that goes even faster. After the links below, you'll find some more detailed updates on the latest situations at individual retailers. Keep checking back in on this guide as we'll be updating it next time we get warnings of Xbox Series X stock coming back online.

Where to buy Xbox Series X

Our pro tip for finding Xbox Series X stock is to open up the retailer tabs and refresh them when you can. We will of course be updating this page as soon as we hear about any updates on when you'll be able to buy an Xbox Series X or when to next expect stock. Do keep an eye on those prices though as we've seen some third-party merchants on Amazon and other sites go past the usual asking price.

Where to buy Xbox Series X - USA

Amazon - last Xbox Series X stock seen April 21
It's been quiet on the Xbox Series X stock front at Amazon for a while to be honest, but as the biggest online store in the world, it's still the one we'd check first every day. Sometimes the listing page goes missing, so you might have to search manually. After recent showings from other stores, we think Amazon is long overdue now.
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Microsoft - last Xbox Series X restock seen May 17
Microsoft has had a few drops a week recently. There's never any pre-warning though and the days/times lack any real pattern, so it's worth trying your luck at random. The Series S appears the most, but Xbox Series X restocks are improving.
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GameStop - last Xbox Series X stock seen April 28
GameStop seems to have been favoring Sony's console so far this month, but it's always worth keeping an eye out there. Restocks often come in bundle form, but look out for GameStop charging as much as possible for every single item in there.
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Target - last Xbox Series X stock seen April 28
We'd advise keeping an eye on Target on Wednesdays and Thursdays as it has form for getting Xbox Series X stock then - although it has been quiet lately. Target's Xbox stock is regional with in-store pickup often required so you might get lucky in your zipcode. So head on over and see!
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Walmart - last Xbox Series X restock seen May 20
After a quiet spell, Walmart returned to the fray last week. We'd keep an eye on the listings throughout the week though as retailer patterns seem to be shifting at the moment, but we don't recall seeing Walmart go live before 2pm ET this year at least. Sometimes you might get lucky and after the first batch sells out, the listing gets another timeslot mentioned for a few hours later on the same day.

If you have a Walmart nearby, it's worth checking out the current Walmart Plus 15-day free trial. It opens you up to discounted fuel, free super fast online delivery, and checkout-free shopping in-store.
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Best Buy - last Xbox Series X stock seen May 24
We'd been waiting almost a whole month since Best Buy last had the Xbox Series X in stock until it dropped late in May on a Monday. The last time the store was regularly getting units online, it favored selling them on Thursdays or Fridays, so it just goes to show that it's worth checking every day now.
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Where to buy Xbox Series X - UK

Checking Amazon every day is still a solid piece of advice as stock has briefly appeared a few times recently, but it's so fleeting and at such random times of day we're not entirely sure reports are always genuine. Even so, as the UK's biggest online store, you'd be mad to write them off.
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We've seen more Xbox Series X restocks here than most other stores combined. You have to be quick to grab the ones that are selling the console on its own though as Very does save some stock to be sold as bundles with extras like a second controller or online sub. On the plus side, they're just at standard costs rather than ridiculously over-inflated prices.
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Currys was amongst the most regular of restockers for the Series X late last year but has been much quieter so far in 2021. The digital queues are back when stock does appear so you'll have to hang on in there for up to an hour sometimes. The site is prone to falling over under the strain (maybe more on PS5 days), so it can be a frustrating experience.
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Tired of missing out to scalpers? Box has been the dark horse for the new consoles of late and has been trying something different ahead of drops as it often opens up an online ballot where you effectively pop your email into a hat for a fair chance to buy an Xbox Series X when it's back in stock.
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John Lewis
We expected more of John Lewis, but it's been really slow with Xbox Series X stock, with none at all around launch and not much else since in all honesty. However, John Lewis would be one of our preferred places to buy an Xbox Series X as its electronics come with a two-year guarantee at no extra cost compared to the regular single year you get everywhere else. At this rate though, you might be waiting until the autumn for it to get involved properly as it's just not getting anywhere near the same amount of stock as the stores above.
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Xbox Series X accessories

Picking up a spare controller or one of the best Xbox Series X headsets might be a smart move sooner rather than later just-in-case stock shortages hit them too. For the full rundown on the most essential items, check out our guide to the best Xbox Series X accessories.

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If you're not quite ready to drop the cash tomorrow take a look at Josh's Xbox Series X review and Xbox Series S review for the full verdicts and be sure to keep an eye on our regularly-updated guides to the latest Xbox Series X bundle deals and PS5 deals.

Brendan is GamesRadar's Managing Editor of the Hardware & eCommerce team. Formerly the Deals Editor at our sister site, TechRadar, he's obsessed with finding the best tech, games, gadgets, and hardware at the lowest price. He spends way too much of his free time trying to decide what new things to watch on Netflix, then just rewatches It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia instead.