Seasons greetings, my fellow Xbox elves. ‘Tis the season to be jolly and merry, apparently. 2020 will go down in the history books as one of the worst years in recent memory, but that doesn’t mean we can’t end it on a high note, maybe, possibly (?!).
Since November 2020, the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S have been hot items for the holiday season, alongside the Nintendo Switch and the PlayStation 5. Whether you’re a new Xbox owner, an aspiring Xbox owner, or buying gifts for an Xbox owner, we thought we’d put together some nifty buyer’s tips to get you through the neon nightmare that is Christmas holiday shopping. Buckle up, friends, and let’s get this sleigh on the go.
1. Xbox Series X and S stock is very limited, but more is coming
The Xbox Series X and Series S are almost universally sold out, as of writing. You can use our Xbox Series X and Series S stock checker to see if any consoles have come back into supply. Microsoft has said that Xbox Series X and Series S supplies will be on the low-end until Spring 2021 at the earliest, so better buckle in for a long winter if you were hoping to get one before then.
You can grab one from eBay, often at a significant markup from one of the evil scalpers that picked up stock early to exploit this exact situation. But we wouldn’t recommend it ‘cuz screw scalpers.
2. You can block your kids from purchasing games on their new consoles
3. Xbox accessories make great gifts
4. If you do order games and accessories, order early as possible
If you order one of the accessories from our roundups above, be sure to order it as soon as possible. With the pandemic still raging in certain countries, and the holiday mailing rush kicking into high gear, shipping delays are utterly inevitable.
5. Xbox games will be on sale digitally over the holidays
Finally, one fun thing about the holiday season is all the Christmas sales that Microsoft and their partners typically lay out to ring in the new year and to add value for all those new gamers who just picked up consoles for the first time. Instead of buying games outright, it might be worth buying Xbox Gift Cards instead, to take advantage of the sales during and right after the holidays. Be sure to take a look at our best Xbox games for kids and general best Xbox gamesarticles for gift ideas. And have yourself a peaceful holiday and an epic new year!