If you're planning to buy an Xbox One tonight, the chances of simply walking into a store and snapping one up are debatable at best. Even if you're planning to buy online, there could be a bit of a wait ahead as retailers scramble to replenish their stock. Here's a snapshot of its current availability, with links to the best remaining deals.
During every major console launch, the hardcore gamer contingent gobble up the majority of existing units by placing pre-orders months in advance. For the rest of us, the remaining pickings are usually pretty slim, which is unfortunate if you already promised your kids an Xbox One for Christmas. While you might be able to try your luck on eBay, the prices are guaranteed to be inflated to capitalise on the launch's frenzy.
This is what the next-gen console landscape currently looks like. Bear in mind that most of the deals below are still treating online purchases as "pre-orders" which doesn't ensure a timely delivery.
Despite charging the full RRP, Microsoft's own store is currently out of stock, which doesn't bode too well for last minute shoppers.
The pre-order link rudely shoves the would-be buyer onto a broken page, sans explanation. Unlucky.
Target's website is no longer taking orders. Tch, eh?
Kmart's website makes no mention of Xbox One availability. We've contacted their head office and will update when they get back to us.
JB Hi-Fi website is still accepting online orders. "Please note that your online pre-order will not leave our Melbourne warehouse until one business day prior to the supplier's official release date," the website warns. "Allow 3 business days for delivery via Australia Post."
EB Games is still accepting pre-orders which means you might be able to try your luck in store at midnight tonight.
No saving to be had here, but the website is still accepting orders.
While it prominently appears in its catalogue, the Xbox One is currently AWOL on The Good Guys' website.
Alternatively, Dick Smith is now selling the 250GB Xbox 360 bundled with Tomb Raider, Halo 4, Battlefield 4 and Red Dead Redemption for just $278, which is a saving of $200. Sure, it's not the Xbox One, but it is the best deal on this page by a significant margin.