Xbox Series X price: What Microsoft’s next-gen console will really cost you

February 14, 2021 0 By boss


Microsoft’s official list price for the new Xbox is either $500 or $300, depending on the model. The Xbox Series X (which comes with an optical drive and outputs at 4K resolution) costs $500, while the more modest Xbox Series S lists for $300. The Series S has a slower processor, less internal storage, 1440p output instead of 4K, and no optical drive. Despite crippling inventory shortages, all the major retailers continue to respect this pricing and sell the consoles at Microsoft’s list price. That’s cold comfort, though, when you consider that because of the chronic out-of-stock status, the only real marketplace for the Xbox Series X/S is resellers where it regularly sells for no less than twice the price. 

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For months, whenever retailers have gotten inventory and released units for sale, they’ve sold out within minutes, in large part thanks to resellers use of bots that complete transactions far faster than any human. Some retailers have begun to crack down on these reseller bots, but they continue to prevent many people from getting consoles. These bot-acquired consoles are being resold at a premium. Right on eBay example, it’s possible to find the Xbox Series X priced between $700 and $1,100. Some of the pricier deals are actually bundles that include accessories and games, but they’re still grossly overpriced and not a good value, especially since you probably wouldn’t buy the included accessories if you had a free choice.  

We’ve been offering the same advice for months now: Wait until you can get an Xbox Series X at the $500 retail price and avoid resellers and bundles.

In the meantime, Xbox restocks do happen on a regular basis, and gamers with fast reaction times have managed to snag a console. We are keeping an eye on inventory drops and let you know when one is imminent — be sure to check out our Xbox Series X restock status article for more details. Below is a list of all the major retailers (and a couple of reputable resellers, if you absolutely must) to help you get your own console. 

Xbox Series X Retailer and Resellers

When in stock. Amazon sells the Xbox Series X for $500 and the Xbox Series S for $300 from the same product page. 

Best Buy lists the Xbox Series X for $500 on this page. 

At GameStop, the Xbox Series X lists for $500. 

This is Target’s product page for the Xbox Series X, where the console sells for $500. 

Walmart offers the Xbox Series X (when in stock) for $500. You might also want to visit the retailer’s Xbox landing page for both new consoles. 

NewEgg sells both the Xbox Series X for $500 and the Xbox Series S for $300 on this page. 

We highly recommend waiting for inventory to appear at ordinary retailers, so you can buy an Xbox Series X at the regular retail price. If you can’t wait, you can find Xbox Series X consoles at eBay with bids starting around $500, but actual sale prices are closer to $850 and up. 

If you’re willing to pay hundreds of dollars over the list price, then StockX is a reputable eBay-style site that will let you buy new Xbox consoles. That said, the lowest price we could find is around $650 and averages closer to $800.

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


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