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Xbox Series S restock: When to expect inventory at retailers including Best Buy, Amazon, Target, Walmart

The digital-only Xbox Series S is out of stock at every major retailer, but we'll update this page when the console's inventory status changes.

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The Xbox Series S is out of stock -- again. It was briefly available at GameStop this week but sold out within minutes, which isn't surprising since armies of reseller bots have been overrunning the meager inventory available from restocks in the past. Microsoft debuted the Series S (along with its big brother, the Xbox Series X) back in November, but limited availability has frustrated gamers since. A few retailers have dropped additional inventory here and there, but it has barely made a dent in demand.

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The Xbox Series S isn't just a powerful update to Microsoft's console franchise, it's the smarter of the two new consoles to buy (in my opinion anyway). Priced at just $300, it's the little brother of the $500 Xbox Series X. It plays all the same games, but it's capped at 1440p resolution (versus 4K on the Series X), lacks an optical drive and has only half as much storage (500GB versus 1TB) -- but that's expandable with add-on drives, and Microsoft autoloads less ambitious textures to accommodate the difference. Our advice is that if you don't have a 4K TV this is the better console to buy, because it's more affordable and doesn't write checks your TV can't cash.  

Keep checking this page, because we'll update this article when we know about an impending inventory drop at one of these retailers. And if you want to keep an eye on the retailers yourself, here are product pages at each of the stores:

Xbox Series S: Check inventory restock

Here is Walmart's Xbox Series S order page. The retailer occasionally notifies customers about inventory drops via Twitter.

Best Buy was the last retailer standing back during preorder day in September, but it's just one of many stores now offering the Xbox Series S.

Amazon's order page includes both versions of the next-gen console -- the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.

This is where to go on Newegg's site to buy an Xbox Series S.

If you would like to buy the new Xbox from GameStop, here's where to go.

Target has a page for the Xbox Series S, too.

Microsoft will offer the Xbox Series S for $300, or as part of the Xbox All Access plan, which includes the Series S and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and costs $25 per month for 24 months.

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