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The Xbox Series X launched almost a year ago, but Microsoft’s next-gen console is still nearly impossible to find in stock anywhere in the UK. The current supply chain crisis has slowed production of the latest Xbox to a virtual standstill, leaving buyers in the UK wondering where to buy one.
The less powerful Xbox Series S is easier to find in stock, but the more advanced Xbox Series X sells out within minutes of going on sale. Knowing when and where the Xbox will be restocked next is key to grabbing one on time.
That’s why we launched our live blog on Xbox Stock Alerts. If you’re wondering where to buy an Xbox Series X in UK today, we’re here to help. Below, we’ll keep you up to date with the latest live replenishment updates as they happen, as well as any news on planned replenishment dates, new games and accessories, and milestone events.
Check the UK Xbox Series X retailer stock below:
The best Xbox Series X games to play right now
Did you manage to get an Xbox last week? Take a look at our roundup of the best Xbox Series X games to decide what to play first.
Both Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 have had slow launches, with the global pandemic hampering the development of many new titles. You’ll notice that many of the best Xbox Series X games are upgraded and remastered versions of Xbox One Games, but there are already real new generation experiences to be had.
Steve hogartyNovember 2, 2021 2:26 PM
What is the difference between Xbox Series X and Series S?
Let’s take a moment to remind ourselves of the differences between the flagship console and its cheaper sister, the Xbox series S. Other than that the latter is in stock, of course.
All old and new Xbox games will work on both consoles, although on the less powerful Xbox Series S the overall graphics quality will be reduced. The Xbox S series has no disc drive, has half the storage capacity of the X (512GB vs. 1TB), and can only play downloaded games. The Xbox S series is much easier to find in stock than the X series. It’s also cheaper and costs just £ 249 (Amazon.com).
Here are the details, if you like to compare teraflops.
Xbox S Series Specifications:
- CPU: Custom 8-core Zen 2 processor
- GPU: 4 TFLOPS, 20 CUS
- Memory: 10 GB GDDR6
- Storage room: 512 GB SSD
- Resolution: 1440p at 60fps
Xbox X Series Specifications:
- CPU: AMD Zen 2 8-core @ 3.8 GHz
- GPU: 12TFLOPS, 52 UC @ 1.825 GHz
- Memory: 16 GB GDDR6
- Storage room: 1TB custom WD SSD, optional 1T
- Resolution: 4K at 60fps
Steve hogartyNovember 2, 2021 1:29 PM
The best VPN for the Xbox Series X
If you stream Netflix to your Xbox, a VPN allows you to spoof your location and access movies and TV shows that aren’t normally available in your country.
You can’t install a VPN directly on an Xbox Series X, but you can install one on your laptop and route your console’s internet connection through it. You can also install VPNs on routers to cover all your devices at once.
The best VPN for every type of device
The best VPN services on your iPhone, Firestick, Android and more in the UK for Netflix and streaming, including ProtonVPN, ExpressVPN, NordVPN and CyberGhost
Steve hogarty2 November 2021 12:30
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Steve hogartyNovember 2, 2021 11:31
Xbox series X headsets to watch
The Xbox Series X often comes with a gaming headset to increase the price and avoid scalpers.
The console does not come with its own headset, but it is compatible with all existing headsets for the Xbox One. The Xbox Wireless Controller (£ 54.99, Currys.fr) also has a headphone jack, so you can plug in your regular headphones to play game sound rather than your TV, which is great if you’re sharing a room with someone you don’t want to disturb.
If you need to upgrade or don’t have your own headset yet, Microsoft is selling the Xbox Series X Wireless Headset separately (£ 89.99, Game.co.uk). Many third-party manufacturers also make Xbox compatible headsets. We’ve rounded up the best gaming headsets you can buy today.
Steve hogartyNovember 2, 2021 11:02 AM
Discover some tech offers for Black Friday 2021
The Xbox Series X isn’t the only thing missing here. Everything from laptops to smartphones has been affected by production delays, with shortages of many high-end consumer electronics expected to extend into next year.
We’ll be adding new deals as they appear as the big business event approaches, so check back for updates as Black Friday approaches.
Steve hogartyNovember 2, 2021 10:42 AM
When will Smyths Toys restock the Xbox?
He’s exhausted right now, but Smyths Toys is one of three retailers to sell Microsoft’s console through the Xbox All Access program, the paid alternative to paying £ 449 for the Xbox Series X up front.
The retailer last stocked the Xbox All Access program on September 24 and had no inventory of the Xbox X series itself on September 9.
These previous replenishment patterns suggest another replenishment at Smyths this week.
Steve hogartyNovember 2, 2021 10:23 AM
How to buy an Xbox Series X online
All is calm on the Xbox front this morning, so let’s go over some things you can do right now to be ready for the next replenishment.
- Create an account at each of the retailers that stock the Xbox Series X. They are listed in the main article above.
- Make sure your correct payment information is saved in your browser on your computer, or in Google Pay or Apple Pay on your phone.
- Are you a BT customer or do you know someone who is? Register your interest on the BT site to get exclusive access to BT’s next drop.
- Sign up for a 30-day Amazon Prime trial, in case the retailer makes their next Xbox a Prime exclusive.
- Download each retailer’s app (if they have one) and add the Xbox Series X to your wishlist or “save for later” list.
- When the console drops, use the link in your wishlist to add the Xbox to your cart or cart – this usually has a higher success rate than website browsing.
- Write down the prices of the packages to make sure you get a good deal. All in all, the console itself costs £ 450, the controllers £ 50, the official headset £ 90, and the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate costs £ 11 per month. The recently released game costs £ 60, but retailers typically bundle older games with the console.
- The Xbox All Access pay-as-you-go program is great value, as long as you don’t already have a Game Pass membership.
- Do not buy a console on social media, these are always scams.
Steve hogartyNovember 2, 2021 10:04 AM
When will Asda restock the Xbox Series X?
Asda replenishments are rare. The retailer last sold an Xbox Series X on October 12, and before that in late September, when it broke a long period of out-of-stock that had lasted for three full months.
The console is sold out now, of course, but the times for these infrequent drops suggest we may see another replenishment in November.
Steve hogartyNovember 2, 2021 9:39 AM
Here’s how to find a PS5 in stock
Rival PlayStation 5 is a bit easier to find in stock right now. Demand is still high, but the console is also being replenished more frequently.
If you’re not quite ready to give up just yet, stay with us here to pack an Xbox Series X. More drops are coming, we can feel it in our bones.
Steve hogartyNovember 2, 2021 9:19 AM
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