The Xbox Series X and Series S launched mid-November 2020, to the delight of everyone who was able to preorder them in Australia. For everyone else, the consoles are unfortunately in a strange state of limbo, with global distribution issues causing long-term stock shortages into 2021 and beyond.
The consoles are currently sold out at all physical stores, with new stock arriving at a nebulous future date. Here’s how the biggest Aussie retailers are faring with the Xbox Series X and Series S, and when you can expect new consoles to be available for preorder or purchase.
Update 3/05: The Xbox Series X is once again in stock at Amazon Australia. Series S consoles are readily available at most retailers.
Where You Can Buy A Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S In Australia
Update 3/05: Amazon last drop was another wave of stock of the Xbox Series X. It still has plenty of stock for the Xbox Series S too. Be sure to check out how you can use the Series S (or X!) as a great emulation device.
Telstra’s Xbox All Access program lets existing Telstra customers purchase an Xbox Series X or Series S bundled with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for a monthly fee over a two-year period. It’s $46 per month to own a Series X and $33 a month to own a Series S. Functionally, it’s quite similar to getting a phone handset on a plan. At the end of the contract, should Xbox have launched an updated model by then, you’ll be able to upgrade to newer hardware. Many Telstra stores will also have limited stock on hand, but are still subject to the ebb and flow of hardware availability like everyone else. Telstra recommends calling your local store to check beforehand.
Of all the options in this list, Telstra remains the most-sure fire way to get your hands on the Series X right now.
Update 08/03: JB’s Series X stock has been hard to come by — no surprise — but there’s plenty of Xbox Series S consoles available. If you’re jonesing for the bigger Xbox Series X, your best chance is to call up your local JB Hi-Fi store and check with the staff. Stores have been taking in-store preorders whenever more consoles come in, so here’s where you can find the number for your closet JB.
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