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The Xbox Series X is currently available at at right now (Wed., April 21, 7:31 a.m. PT). The site is experiencing some glitches, but we found it working after repeated tries. The availability makes good on the earlier pledge from GameStop’s Twitter feed that a “sizable drop of Xbox Series X consoles” would become available this morning. It’s the latest availability for Microsoft’s top game console, which is — next to the PS5 and various PC video cards — among the most difficult item in the electronics world to locate on store shelves. The “catch,” such as it is, is that these will be bought through the Xbox All Access program. 

See it at GameStop

Here’s what that means — and why it’s really not a catch at all. Instead of buying the console outright, you buy it on a “subscription” program for $35 per month for 24 months (subject to credit approval). That includes a 0% APR interest rate. (Read more about Xbox All Access here.) In addition to the hardware, the subscription includes Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which otherwise costs $15 per month. That subscription (which also includes Xbox Live Gold and EA Play) gives you access to an “all you can play” list of more than 100 games, including triple-A titles like Outriders, Doom Eternal, Grand Theft Auto V, NBA 2K1, all the Battlefields and dozens of others, with more added all the time. See how Game Pass Ultimate and Xbox Live Gold compare

At the end of the 24 months, you completely own the Xbox hardware, and you’ve paid a total of $840. That sounds like a lot, but you’ve actually saved $20 versus the $860 you’d otherwise spend for that combo ($500 console plus $360 for two years of Game Pass Ultimate). And that doesn’t include any savings you’ll also realize by not stretching these purchases on a regular high interest rate credit card.

Heads up!

We’ll have a sizable drop of Xbox Series X consoles that will only be available for purchase online thru Xbox All Access on Wednesday April 21st @ 9am CT

Learn more about why Xbox All Access is the best way to join next-gen w/ no upfront cost!

— GameStop (@GameStop)
April 19, 2021

Long story short, if you’re buying an Xbox Series X and you plan on doing any gaming beyond single-player silver discs, you’ll almost certainly get a lot of value out of Game Pass Ultimate. If that’s you, this GameStop offer is a good deal, and well worth pursuing.

Prefer to seek out an Xbox or PS5 with no strings attached? Check out restock options at other retailers:

  • Xbox Series X restock: Updates from Amazon, Best Buy, Target, Walmart and more
  • PS5 restock update: Inventory at Amazon, Target, Best Buy, GameStop, StockX and other retailers

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  • PS5 review: Exclusive games power Sony’s sky-high space-age console
  • Xbox Series X review: Game Pass is the secret weapon
  • Xbox Series S review: The console making next-gen gaming more affordable
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  • Nintendo Switch review: Pure fun on a big-screen TV or on the go

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