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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?
Updated . What changed?
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.
Is the Xbox Series X available in New Zealand?
There are currently no consoles available to purchase from retailers, however it is possible to register your interest or sign up for the 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:
- Mighty Ape: Not currently available to order.
- NZGameShop: No console listed on website and no pre-order information.
- Harvey Norman: Harvey Norman has a promo page that has pre-order buttons, but these just take you back to the category page.
- TheMarket: No Xbox Series X console listings, but you can sign up to the newsletter on the chance that information will be included about future pre-orders.
- Dick Smith: Product page says ‘Coming Soon’. You can leave your name and email address to be notified when it becomes available.
- Noel Leeming: Xbox Series X is sold out online. There is a pre-order button but it doesn’t work.
- EB Games: Out of stock.
- JB Hi-Fi: You can not order online. In store purchases only, so you will need to check with your local store for availability/pre-orders.
- The Warehouse: Currently out of stock. There is one product page that has a ‘pre-order’ button on it, but this doesn’t seem to work.
*Information is correct as of 6pm 9 February 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.
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.
At Mighty Ape you can sign up for the Xbox Series X newsletter to find out when pre orders will be open and the latest game releases.
- Delivery starts at $3.90
- Free shipping for Primate members
- Same day and overnight delivery options
- 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.
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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