It's Xbox One launch day! Microsoft's new console is now in the hands of a lucky few. Even if you weren't willing to brave the cold and queue up at midnight, the Xbox One can still be yours on launch day. Most retailers that took preorders, like Best Buy, Kmart, and the Microsoft Store, have run out of stock.
But do not fear — this buyer's guide will show you where to buy the Xbox One and what games Xbox-ers can't wait to get for their consoles.
Where to Buy the Console Now
Status: Bundle available online.
The console-only version is sold out but the complete bundle ($700), which includes Xbox Live, Microsoft Complete (3 year warranty), and two games, is available and ships free for 3 to 7 day estimated delivery. Two-day shipping costs $10.
Status: available online, but at a price
Tons of Xbox One consoles are hitting the eBay marketplace. Prices range from $610 to $750. We suggest buying from sellers with original photos only.
Status: available online intermittantly
The Xbox One Console with 2 Wireless Controllers ($560), plus chat headset, is intermittantly available.
Status: not available today but most likely available in stores on Sunday
Those who preordered consoles at GameStop will have 48 hours to pick up their Xbox One. Head to your local store on Sunday or Monday to buy the reserved consoles that weren't purchased in time.
How to Check Product Availability
Stock-Informer.com is updating its page of retailers constantly. The page automatically refreshes itself, and you can select alerts or audible alerts when new stock is found.
Nowinstock.net posts where the console is available and, if the console recently went out of stock, the site includes the timestamp of when it last had product availability.
Xbox One Locator publishes a post as soon as the console is available at some retailers.
What Games to Get
- Ryse: Son of Rome ($60) — Step into a world that makes 300 come alive, with the late Roman empire as the dramatic setting. Challenge other gladiators, and command the troops using the new Kinect.
- Forza Motorsport 5 ($60) — Race the car of your dreams in this driving game that takes the race track to a whole other level visually. The new graphics engine is able to articulate the texture of the leather, brushed metal, and a spectacular paint job like never before.
- Halo ($60) — Preorder the much-anticipated Halo: Xbox One now to get it in your hands as soon as its released on Dec. 31.
- Zumba Fitness World Party ($50) — Players travel through the world Zumba-style, working out to over 40 new songs and following the moves of top well-known instructors, including Zumba founder Beto Perez.