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The Xbox Series S and Series X consoles will both be available starting on November 10th, and if you missed out on preordering either (or both — look, I’m not going to judge), you might be able to snag one online on launch day. Due to the pandemic, combined with the high demand for these consoles, retailers like Best Buy and Target are only selling online. That means you won’t be able to walk into a store to pick one up — unless you’ve purchased it already online. Only then will you be able to arrange an in-store pickup.
Until we hear from more retailers, I recommend keeping it locked to other popular sellers like Amazon, Target, the Microsoft Store, GameStop, Newegg, and (if you have memberships) Costco and Sam’s Club.
If you’re trying to decide between the Xbox Series S or Series X, my colleague Tom Warren recently reviewed both consoles.
As an alternative to paying full price upfront for each console, you can pay a monthly installment for either of them through the Xbox All Access plan. It’s a financing option that lets you get the console upfront at no cost. You’ll be billed one monthly payment for the console and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate together ($24.99 per month for the Series S, $34.99 per month for the Series X) for 24 months. Available at the Microsoft Store, Best Buy, Walmart, Target.
Update November 6th, 1:30PM ET: With consoles launching next week, we’ve updated this post to be a resource that tells you when and where you can buy a Series X or Series S online.