How To Get Your Hands On A PlayStation 5 Or Xbox Series X Before The Holidays
Finding An Xbox Series X Or PS5 Via Online Stock Trackers
- NowInStock offers browser alerts/sounds, text messages, emails, Discord notifications, and Telegram messages to alert you when something is back in stock. This site is not limited to consoles, however, as you could set alerts for GPUs or anything you may be hunting for.
- Popcart offers a Chrome browser extension that sends users a notification for when consoles are back in stock. You can also use Popcart to compare prices of other items you are shopping for this holiday season.
- Similar to NowInStock, Zoolert offers text, email, Discord, and browser alerts for items that come back in stock. They also have alerts for other products as well.
Be First In Line For That New Console
Check Stores You May Not Think Of For Consoles
Just because Best Buy and Walmart are the big names around the holiday season and are kings of console launches, it does not mean they are the only ones who may have stock. I was surprised to learn that a Chicago-area chain of stores called Meijer was selling PS5s and Xbox Series Xs. In fact, they also had an online queueing system to boot! These smaller stores will not necessarily have automatic online stock trackers, so you will have to keep an eye on them manually yourself.
To be frank, it is not going to be easy to get a new console this year. If you do not want to go out and about, especially due to COVID-19, we do not blame you. Perhaps it would be easier just to get a gift card and say it is for a specific console when they come back in stock. If you do manage to get a console through other tips and tricks, feel free to share them in the comments below or on Twitter @HotHardware.
And of course check our Holiday DIY PC Build Shopping Guide and our extensive deals coverage for other great tech gift ideas for the geek in your life, or yourself, because you deserve it.
Whatever you end up doing, we wish you the best of luck and a happy holiday season!