UPDATE: Xbox Series X is now in stock at AO. Earlier today, the console sold for Amazon, but we are still seeing handfuls of stock in some branches of Smyths Toys in Northern Ireland today.
Despite launching over a year ago, Microsoft’s next-gen console is still nearly impossible to find in stock anywhere in the UK. Both online and in stores, the Xbox is nowhere to be found.
A semiconductor shortage coupled with delays in the global supply chain have slowed production of the latest Xbox to a trickle, leaving buyers in the UK wondering where they can get their hands on the console.
The cheaper, less advanced Xbox Series S is easier to find in stock, but the more powerful Xbox Series X is in more demand and sells out within minutes of going on sale. Knowing when and where the most recent console will be restocked is key to grabbing one before they’re all purchased.
That’s why we launched our live blog on Xbox Stock Alerts, and if you’re wondering where to buy an Xbox Series X in the UK today before Christmas, we’re here to help. Below, we’ll keep you up to date with the latest live replenishment updates as they happen, along with all the news on planned replenishment dates, new games and accessories, and milestone events.
Check the UK Xbox Series X retailer stock below:
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Alistair CharltonDecember 10, 2021 2:01 PM
Xbox Series X arrives at AO
We have just spotted a second restocking for the day, at AO. The electronics retailer is selling the Xbox Series X with an additional controller and three months of Ultimate Game Pass for Â£ 538.
Alistair CharltonDecember 10, 2021 2:00 PM
You can play Xbox games on your laptop
You don’t actually need an Xbox Series X to play Xbox Series X games, just a fairly fast internet connection and a compatible streaming device.
Xbox Cloud Gaming streams games from Microsoft’s servers to your console, laptop, or phone, through your web browser or the Xbox app. How does cloud gaming work? Well, it’s basically like being on a Zoom call with a game you control, meaning you can jump into new games with the push of a button rather than waiting for an install.
Cloud gaming requires an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription (Â£ 32.99, Argos.co.uk), which unlocks on-demand access to over 100 games. Fortunately, decent laptops are much easier to find than the Xbox X series. If you’re considering an upgrade, check out our list of the best laptops in 2021.
Alistair CharltonDecember 10, 2021 1:02 PM
The best Xbox Series X games to play right now
Did you manage to get an Xbox this 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 some real next-gen experiences already out there to enjoy.
Wondering what to play next? Here is our list of the best Xbox Series X games of 2021, from Forza Horizon 4 at Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
Alistair Charlton10 December 2021 12:00
Xbox series X headsets to watch
The Xbox X series often comes with a gaming headset to increase the price and deter scalpers.
The console does not come with its own headset, but it is compatible with all existing headsets designed for the Xbox One. The Xbox Wireless Controller (Â£ 54.99, Currys.co.uk) also has a headphone jack, so you can plug in your regular headphones to play game audio 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 (Â£ 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.
Immerse yourself in the game with these best gaming headsets for Xbox, PS5, PC and more, available on Amazon, Argos, and Currys.
Alistair CharltonDecember 10, 2021 11:40 AM
Does Very need to restock the Xbox soon?
Very tends to have an Xbox restock every month. It has been since the start of June, and the last three Xbox Series X drops have been on September 14, October 19, and November 9. Given that record, we would expect to see consoles at Very at some point in December, possibly around the middle of the month.
Alistair CharltonDecember 10, 2021 11:08 AM
The best TVs to play on Xbox Series X
If you are buying an Xbox X Series, you might also be looking for a new TV, especially a TV with 4K resolution, HDR, and high frame rate to show the console in its best light. .
The Xbox Series X can output at 8K resolution, but most games will only run at a maximum of 4K. That’s the highest resolution most affordable TVs can achieve, and that’s actually all you’ll need.
If your TV only outputs 1080p (also known as Full HD), games will still look great, but you won’t get the most out of your new Xbox Series X. To help you upgrade your together without breaking the bank, we’ve put together a list of the best 4K TV deals for entertainment, movies, and games.
Whether it’s 32in, 40in or 50in, we’ve found the best 4K TVs from Samsung, Song, LG, Panasonic and more
Alistair CharltonDecember 10, 2021 10:35 AM
How big is the Xbox Series X?
This is actually a useful question to answer, since the Xbox Series X is really pretty big. So big, in fact, there’s a good chance it won’t fit on any of the shelves under your TV. The Xbox Series S is much smaller and both can be either standing or lying down.
Standing upright, the X Series measures 12 ” (12 ”) high, 6 ” (15.1cm) wide and 6 ” (15.1cm) deep.
In the same orientation, the S-Series measures 10 ” (27.1cm) high, 2.5 ” (6.5cm) thick and 6 ” (15.1cm) deep.
Alistair CharltonDecember 10, 2021 10:09 AM
How to buy an Xbox Series X online
While we wait for the next replenishment, let’s go over some basic tips for securing a console. Preparation is the key to success, and there are a bunch of things you can do right now to make sure you’re ready for the next replenishment.
- Register an account and save your payment information at each of the retailers that stock the Xbox Series X. They are listed in the main article above
- 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
- 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 – 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 Â£ 450, the controllers Â£ 50, the official headset Â£ 90, and the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate costs Â£ 11 per month. The recently released game costs Â£ 60, but retailers typically bundle older games with the console
- Xbox All Access pay-as-you-go is great value, as long as you don’t already have a Game Pass membership
Alistair CharltonDecember 10, 2021 9:45 AM
Amazon is now sold out
Xbox Series X consoles never last long on Amazon, and today is no exception. Barely 30 minutes after hitting the store, it’s out of stock again. The smaller, cheaper and less powerful Xbox Series S remains available, as always.
Alistair CharltonDecember 10, 2021 9:21 AM
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