After months of Microsoft only sharing enough information about the Xbox One to keep users interested, entertainment-minded buyers can finally pick up Microsoft’s answer to Google TV, the PS4 and other set-top boxes.
Thankfully, there seems to be just enough consoles for users looking to pick up one up online or in person at a local retail location. That’s great since picking up a console today and waiting longer could be the difference between having an Xbox One in time for the holidays at a reasonable price or being forced to resort to popular online auction and trading sites like Craigslist and eBay.
Find a Xbox One in Stock Locally
The easiest way to find out if an Xbox One is available at a retail store in your area is to use each retailer’s online shopping tools to check availability. Google’s Shopping tool also allows users to search store inventories in their neighborhood, however results can be mixed depending on what retailers are in your area. For example, a quick check in our area yielded no immediate results.
Users with an iPhone can check their local retailer’s stock using BuyVia, a free download that’s available in the iTunes App Store. The app automatically checks electronics retailer’s stock once a day. This means that users should have no trouble locating a console at a nearby Best Buy, Fry’s or GameStop retail store. Unfortunately, it only checks each retailer’s stock once a day, so even if an Xbox One was available at a specific retail location, it could be gone by the time you get there. Really, it’s best if you call the store before you leave to make sure that it’s still in stock.
Buying an Xbox One Online
Users who prefer not to venture out actually don’t have to. BuyVia also allows users to check their local stores using an online tool on its website. This way users can see if that order the console and have it delivered when to their home or office when its convenient.
Of course, each retailer also allows users to purchase the Xbox One from their website too, and Microsoft’s own online retail store is actually waiving the cost of standard shipping. They’ll also allow users to return the console with no questions asked.
Regardless of which way you decide to purchase your Xbox One, you’d better do it as soon as possible. That’s especially true if you’re hoping to get a device in ahead of the holiday shopping season. The Xbox One costs $499.