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The Xbox Series S has been released — but it will likely still be tough to find in stores and online for quite a while. To recap, this is the $300 step-down model from the $500 Xbox Series X. It plays all the same games, but it’s capped at 1440p resolution (versus 4K), and only has half as much storage (500GB versus 1TB) — but that’s expandable with add-on drives, and Microsoft autoloads less capacious textures to better optimize space. If you don’t have a 4K TV, this is your most affordable choice.


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But the Series S sold out quickly on preorder day back in September, and most of us were consigned to waiting until launch day, Nov. 10, to claim a console. If you didn’t get one then either, you have to wonder: How much inventory will there actually be this week? That’s hard to say, because Microsoft has said little about how many units it will put on sale. 

This much is true: While Sony’s PS5 launch was online-only, both flavors of the Xbox were initially available both online and in-store. The Series S sold out quickly and we expect limited quantities through the rest of 2020. Don’t expect to see it in stores or online until Black Friday.

Unlike many retailers, Walmart has done a respectable job keeping customers informed about exactly when it will have consoles in stock. For example, we know that Walmart will have an online “availability window” for the sold-out Nintendo Switch Black Friday bundle on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET.  

And even better news: The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S will be in stock the same say, just two hours later. According to Walmart, your next opportunity to buy an Xbox online will be at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET on Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving. 

Best Buy and GameStop are also teasing Xbox availability for the week of Black Friday but have provided no specific details.     

At least one CNET editor was able to score the Xbox Series S on Amazon. Inventory there has since disappeared, but if you’d like to try your luck, we’ve rounded up all the major retailers currently offering the console for sale.

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 to buy an Xbox Series S at Newegg. 

Here is Walmart’s Xbox Series S order page. Walmart says your next chance to buy an Xbox online will be at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET on Nov. 25.

If you would like to buy the new Xbox from GameStop, here is 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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