The Xbox Series X launched a year ago, quickly becoming Microsoft’s best-selling console. But despite its success, the next-gen gaming machine is still hard to find in stock anywhere in the UK, both online and in physical stores.
Bottlenecks in the manufacturing process and a global semiconductor shortage have slowed production of the latest Xbox to a snail’s pace, leaving UK buyers wondering where they can get their hands on one.
The less powerful Xbox S series is easier to find in stock, but the more advanced X series is more in demand and typically 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 it sells out again.
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:
Xbox action trackers, sign out
Well that’s all about us, we are lowering the inventory tracking tools for the rest of the evening.
It was an uneventful day for Xbox restockings. As the window of opportunity to grab a console before Christmas is closing quickly, we suggest you join us again tomorrow when we resume hunting.
Steve hogartyDecember 8, 2021 4:45 PM
The best VPN for the Xbox Series X
If you stream movies to your Xbox, a VPN lets you hide your location and access content and shows that aren’t normally available in your country. A VPN can also bypass firewalls imposed by the person who manages your network.
You can’t install a VPN directly on an Xbox Series X, but you can install one on a laptop and route your console’s internet connection through it. You can also install VPNs on routers to cover all of your devices in your home 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 hogartyDecember 8, 2021 4:22 PM
Discover our test of the Nintendo Switch OLED
The newly redesigned Nintendo Switch OLED launched in October and features an upgraded display that’s bright, vivid, and vibrantly colored. Until you wait for a 4K upgrade, this is the premium Switch model we’ve all been waiting for.
If you’re about to hang up your Xbox hunting hat and admit defeat, there is no better consolation prize. Argos currently has stocks on hand in time for Christmas.
Steve hogartyDecember 8, 2021 3:25 PM
Is Xbox All Access Worth It?
Smyths, Game, and 4Gadgets often sell the Xbox through the Xbox All Access program. What is it exactly ?
Xbox All Access is an interest-free finance option where for 24 monthly payments of Â£ 28.99 you get an Xbox Series X (worth Â£ 449) plus two years of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (worth Â£ 263).
That’s Â£ 712 worth of stuff for Â£ 694 spread over two years.
As long as the price of the Xbox Series X or Game Pass Ultimate doesn’t drop over time (which is unlikely), you’ll save a little money. Game Pass Ultimate works like a Netflix subscription, unlocking access to a growing library of over 100 games on demand. If we do something, Microsoft will eventually increase the cost of a subscription.
You need to pass a credit check with Klarna to make sure you are in a comfortable enough position to continue making the monthly payments.
Steve hogartyDecember 8, 2021 2:24 PM
What is the difference between Xbox Series X and Series S?
After some restocking yesterday, the day promises to be calmer today. So let’s go back to the basics and remember the differences between the two types of Xbox console.
There are two next-gen Xboxes, the less powerful Xbox S-series at Â£ 249 and the high-end Xbox Series X at Â£ 449.
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 Series S has no disc drive, has half the storage capacity, 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 Â£ 249.99 (Amazon.co.uk).
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 Series X 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 hogartyDecember 8, 2021 1:27 PM
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Steve hogarty8 December 2021 12:33
Can you buy an Xbox directly from Microsoft?
Normally yes, but at the moment the Microsoft Store currently has no stock of Xbox Series Xs. The consoles were last available on Microsoft’s website on December 7th, and before that we witnessed a restocking on November 30.
There is no sign as to when more of the X Series will be available from Microsoft, but the cheaper, less powerful S Series is available for purchase now, as it is at most other retailers.
Steve hogartyDecember 8, 2021 11:31
Is Tesco selling the Xbox Series X?
The country’s largest retailer – and infamous where one in ten pound is spent in UK stores – Surely Tesco would have to order an entire container ship of Xbox Series X consoles to supply its thousands of stores across national.
But that’s not how the world works. The retail goliath hasn’t sold a single console since we’ve been running this liveblog here, having apparently refocused their efforts on selling products that are easier to keep in stock, such as guardians of the galaxy (Â£ 50, Tesco.co.uk), Far cry 6 (Â£ 54, Tesco.co.uk) and two-kilogram bags of cat food (Â£ 4.25, Tesco.co.uk).
If we were to speculate, we would assume that Tesco’s size works against it. The costs of negotiating with vendors for an allowance of gaming consoles that wouldn’t cover even a fraction of Tesco’s stores might not be worth it.
Steve hogartyDecember 8, 2021 10:44 AM
Xbox series X is in stock at select Argos stores
While not available for purchase online, today we hear reports of inventory available at physical Argos stores on Main Street. Specifically in Sheffield, but this will likely be the case in many other branches in the UK.
Visit your local store if you pass by and educate yourself.
Steve hogartyDecember 8, 2021 10:10 AM
When will Smyths Toys restock the Xbox?
It’s completely sold out right now, but Smyths Toys is one of three retailers selling Microsoft’s console through the Xbox All Access program, the monthly alternative to the Â£ 449 upfront payment for the Xbox Series X.
The retailer last stocked the program on Friday last week and had no inventory of the fully paid Xbox X series on November 20.
Smyths Toys likes to blind analysts with random restockings, but based on what we know from the retailer, we pretty much expect a further drop in 2021.
Steve hogartyDecember 8, 2021 9:52 AM
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