Gamers who have yet to get their hands on the elusive new Xbox Series X have now endured more than five months of frustration. It's always the same: They log on the moment consoles become available at a major retailer like Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, GameStop or Target, and then the entire stock sells out within seconds and they're left empty-handed. Demand for the Xbox Series X continues to outpace supply, partially due to the due to the pandemic, which has lots of people looking for entertainment options they can enjoy at home. This is also one of the reasons the PS5 was recently named the fastest-selling console in US history.
But don't give up just yet! You see, in recent weeks, we've been seeing more frequent inventory drops at major retailers. And the fact that retailers are announcing Series X and Series S restocks at all means that your chances of snagging a new console are getting better. The $500 Xbox Series X is the game console of choice for its 4K video and 120Hz refresh rates, but if you don't have a 4K TV, the all-digital Xbox Series S is an excellent system and costs a much more reasonable $300.
For the latest news on Xbox console inventory updates, check back here frequently. You can monitor Xbox availability on your own, too: Twitter is a popular (if not entirely reliable) source of Xbox restock rumors. But here at CNET, we occasionally get an update directly from retailers and other tipsters about upcoming inventory restocks, and when we do, we put the word out immediately.
We highly recommend waiting for inventory to appear at ordinary retailers so you can buy an Xbox Series X at the regular retail price. But if you simply can't wait, be advised that the average Xbox Series X price on eBay is about $800.
Are you willing to pay a premium of hundreds of dollars over the list price? We don't recommend doing that, but StockX is a reputable eBay-style site that will let you buy a new Xbox -- as long as you're willing to pay $650 or more.