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Where to buy the Xbox Series X in New Zealand
Microsoft's Xbox Series X console has launched - but can you get your hands on one?
On 10 November 2020, Microsoft released a next-generation video games console dubbed the Xbox Series X alongside its smaller sibling, the Xbox Series S.
But just like the Playstation 5, the first New Zealand shipments of Xbox Series X were sold out in a blink of an eye. So what are your options if you want to purchase one? Let’s find out.
Where to buy Xbox Series X
Here are the sites to check and bookmark so you don’t miss out on the next shipment of Xbox Series X consoles.
Dick Smith is a go-to for all kinds of tech, electronics and gaming gear. The site allows you to leave your name and email address so you can be notified when the console is available.
- Secure online payments
- Games and accessories available
- Prices in NZD
Harvey Norman is a household name when it comes to electronics. We can be sure that this retailer will open up for pre orders as soon as it’s possible.
- Home delivery or click and collect
- Genoapay available
- Earn Airpoints Dollars
- Click and collect available
- Pay with Laybuy and Afterpay
- Trade and save
- Click and collect available
- Home delivery in 1-4 days
- Gift cards available
- Price promise
- Home delivery or click and collect
- Earn Flybuys while you shop
- Pay with Zip
- Check in-store availability
- Delivery starts at $6
- Get stock alerts by email
- Pay with Laybuy or humm
- Same day delivery possible for Auckland customers
An option for Spark customers
Spark’s gaming subscription service “Xbox All Access” is available to existing or new Spark broadband and mobile customers. The service provides access to a console and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership.
Xbox All Access will cost $52 per month for the Series X and $39 per month for the Series S. If you’re a Spark customer and don’t want to pay for the console upfront, this is an excellent way to grab the new system. The Xbox Series X is out of stock but at the time of writing, the Xbox Series S was available.
Is the Xbox Series X available in New Zealand?
There are currently no consoles available to purchase from online retailers. However, it is possible to register your interest or sign up for marketing emails that may include details of future shipments and pre-orders.
To find out what the situation is with the New Zealand stockists of Xbox, check out the details below:
- NZGameShop: No console listed on website and no pre-order information.
- Harvey Norman: Harvey Norman has a promo page with an ‘Order in store’ button. You may be able to register your interest at your local store.
- TheMarket: Out of stock
- Dick Smith: Product page says ‘Coming Soon’. You can leave your name and email address to be notified when it becomes available.
- Noel Leeming: Out of stock.
- EB Games: Out of stock.
- JB Hi-Fi: In-store purchases only, so you will need to check with your local store for availability/pre-orders. The website does have an offer running that gives you 40% off Xbox Live Game Pass Ultimate when you add both to your cart, so this may suggest that it will be possible to order the console online in the future.
- The Warehouse: Out of stock.
- Mighty Ape: Not currently available to order.
*Information is correct as of 11am 14 April 2021.
Even though retailers don’t have stock at the moment, it IS possible to get an Xbox Series X in New Zealand. The bad news? You will pay a premium for it. Trade Me and other online marketplaces have seen sellers who were lucky enough to get their hands on one in an earlier shipment putting them up for extortionate prices. If you are really eager to get on the Series X train then you’ll be looking at spending somewhere over $1,000 for the privilege.
If you prefer to pay the standard price of $799, you are unfortunately going to have to play the waiting game. We are hoping that there will be another shipment in the next month or two, but we aren’t able to find out for sure.
That being said, we’re listing all the retailers who are stocking Xbox Series X products below so that you can bookmark them and keep an eye out for when pre-orders open again. We’ll also be updating this page as soon as we have any information to pass on.
Buy Xbox Series X games
- Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War: $94
- Assassin's Creed Valhalla: $69
- NBA 2K21: $89
- FIFA 21: $69
- Far Cry 6: $95
- Overcooked! All You Can Eat: $76
How much does the Xbox Series X cost?
In New Zealand, the Xbox Series X will set you back $799. The lower-cost Xbox Series S which will sell for $549.
Games are slightly more expensive – expect to pay around $10 more than full-priced current-gen titles. However, some retailers are already selling below the RRP (see above.)
Which version should you buy?
If you want the most powerful games console that money can buy, the Xbox Series X is the version to get. If you’re buying for kids or trying to save money, the Series S is arguably a better option.
The Xbox Series S is a stripped-down version that uses less powerful components but will still play all new Xbox games. (It therefore fulfils a similar role to this generation’s Xbox One S in relation to the Xbox One X.)
Also read: A comparison between PS5 and Xbox Series X
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