Xbox: State of Decay 3 thrills Phil Spencer

Xbox: State of Decay 3 thrills Phil Spencer


Among the many Xbox exclusives we cannot forget State of Decay 3. The Undead Labs open world survival game is in fact one of the most anticipated games from the niche that the development team has been able to cultivate over the years with the two previous titles. Although he still doesn't know anything, Phil Spencer is keen to raise the hype a bit, or so it seems from the latest statements.

Microsoft Gaming CEO talked about State of Decay 3 during a special episode of the Xbox Era podcast, number 100. During the episode, Spencer wanted to relaunch some statements about the Undead Labs game, but not going into details. Understandable, of course, given that at the moment Microsoft and the development team will be preparing some news for the summer period, full of fairs and events.

State of Decay 3 will be available on Xbox Series S, Series X and PC (also via Steam) over the next few months. A certain launch date has yet to be announced by Microsoft and Undead Labs, but probably during E3 2022 or other summer events dedicated to video games it will be possible to find out more about the new survival game. We will update you as soon as there are more news and updates on the subject, so keep following geekinco for all the news and announcements in the pipeline from the world of video games.

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Xbox Series X Restock Tracker: Where to Score a Console This Week

There haven't been many Xbox Series X restocks this month, but today that's changing. There's an Xbox Series X restock headed for Walmart today at 9 a.m. PT (12 p.m. ET) -- the first time in a while. This Xbox Series X restock is limited to those who subscribe to Walmart Plus, so if you're not a paid subscriber you should sign up now. Separate from today's Xbox Series X restock, it's likely Microsoft and Best Buy will have consoles available within the next week, based on how often these two companies have offered them in the past. 

Note that when Walmart is not selling the console itself, it lists third-party resellers selling for above the MSRP of $500.

If you don't want to take your chances on an afternoon restock and need a console now, your best bet is to buy through a service like StockX or eBay, so there's a layer of buyer protection in case the transaction isn't legitimate.

Here are our tips for scoring a console safely and without paying inflated prices.

  • Timing: Unannounced restocks typically happen after 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET) unless they come from Target, which tends to drop them before 6 a.m. PT (9 a.m. ET).
  • Walmart, GameStop and Best Buy have membership subscriptions that frequently offer early access to restocks, but they're not always required. Even if you don't pay for early access, you should still create an account with these retailers for faster checkout.
  • Weekend restocks happen a lot less frequently than weekday restocks. If you absolutely must have a console this weekend, buying third party is likely your only option.
  • Install the app for your preferred retailer, which is often faster to use than the websites, but it's better to use both. 
  • Want to know how to better your chances of getting a console? Here's what we've got.

    Why is the Xbox tough to find?

    Essentially, Microsoft hasn't been able to get the materials it needs to make enough Xbox consoles to meet demand. As with the PlayStation 5 and most PC video cards, there's a chip shortage right now that is slowing supply. The pandemic affected production for a lot of chip manufacturers, and industry watchers currently don't expect the issue to be entirely resolved for months to come. 

    As a result, Microsoft makes as many consoles as it can and distributes them among its retail partners. Each retailer releases its available consoles in whatever way it deems appropriate. Most of the time, this means announcing ahead of time when you'll be able to buy the console online and then releasing it for anyone to buy. 

    Check out this full breakdown on the chip shortage by CNET's Stephen Shankland for more details.

    Where has the Xbox been recently?

    We keep track of every console restock, and maintain this list here of the most likely places you'll find a console as well as when it was last in stock there.

  • GameStop: Jan. 20, Feb. 18
  • Target: Dec. 2, 16, Jan. 6
  • Amazon: Nov. 21
  • Walmart: Dec. 13, Jan. 13, Feb. 24
  • Best Buy: Dec. 28, Jan. 11, 22
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    How can I improve my chances of getting an Xbox Series X?

    It can be a little chaotic, constantly refreshing the screen and hoping to see a checkout link. And as many can attest, it's pretty painful to punch in your payment information only to see that the purchase can't be completed because all the consoles are already gone. Here are some of our tips:

  • Open multiple browsers: Got a laptop? A phone? Maybe a tablet? Use them all to try to make the purchase. Set yourself up ahead of time with multiple browsers open to the retail site of your choice and be ready to buy from all of them. 
  • Don't give up: Many of these retailers have started releasing the consoles over the course of 30 minutes, to keep bots from buying them all and reselling them at a price increase. If you see everything is sold out after the first 5 minutes, keep refreshing because your chance probably isn't gone yet. 
  • Have an account set-up and signed-in: The time it takes to enter your payment and shipping information can be the difference between getting your console and getting left in the dust. Avoid that delay by setting up an account on the websites you'll be shopping on.
  • Make sure you have a confirmation email: There have been many reports of a purchase getting 'stuck' and even though the website said the sale was complete, no confirmation email arrived and then no Xbox arrived. Keep an eye out and make sure you actually have an Xbox Series X headed your way before celebrating. 
  • Is it safe to buy an Xbox from an unofficial source?

    There are some places where you can safely buy an Xbox secondhand. If you're shopping at eBay or StockX, there are protections in place to keep you from spending money and getting nothing. 

    Separate from this, there are plenty of folks out there eager to take advantage of everyone trying to get an Xbox Series X. Here's how to avoid the known scams:

  • Stay away from Twitter links: If you see something on Twitter about an Xbox Series X restock happening somewhere, your best bet is to go straight to the retailer instead of clicking a link. In many cases, those Twitter links have turned out to be scams.
  • Only buy at the retail price: If someone is offering you an Xbox Series X for more or less than $500 or an Xbox Series S for more or less than $300, you should probably stay away. There are many of these sites offering 'deals' or 'bundles' that are frequently not actually worth it.
  • The Halo Infinite edition

    In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Xbox's original flagship series Halo, this year Microsoft released a special edition of the Series X console inspired by the series' most recent title, Halo Infinite. The console was a limited edition and sold out quickly. While all retailers currently list the console as out of stock, there is a possibility that there are still a few of them floating around out there. If you're truly committed to getting your hands on a Series X (and don't mind dropping an extra $50), it may be worth poking around for one. Read more on the special edition Halo Infinite console here.

    More on Xbox Series XXbox Series X: Check inventory restock

    This is Target's product page for the Xbox Series X. 

    Best Buy was the last retailer standing back in the preorder days, but now stands ready for your Xbox Series X purchase as inventory allows. 

    If you want to get the latest on the Xbox Series X, there's probably nowhere better than Microsoft's own Xbox Series X homepage. Here you'll find the latest specs, announced game titles, details on the new controller and more. 

    Amazon is selling both the Xbox Series X and the less expensive Series S from this product page. 

    GameStop has in the past touted a 'very limited number of Xbox Series X and S console bundles for purchase' but is currently sold out.

    This is where you can buy the Xbox Series X at Newegg when the retailer has inventory. 

    To be clear, we highly recommend waiting for inventory to appear at ordinary retailers, so you can buy an Xbox Series X at the regular retail price. But if you've decided you simply can't wait another moment, the average Xbox Series X price on eBay is about $600.

    Are you desperate by now? Are you willing to pay a premium of hundreds of dollars over the list price? Listen, we wouldn't do this and we don't recommend you do it, either. But if you want to take that path, StockX is a reputable eBay-style site that will let you buy and sell new Xbox and PS5 models -- as long as you're willing to pay upward of $600.

    This story is updated frequently with the latest Xbox Series X inventory news.

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