Xbox series X stock - live: Consoles are available from Game’s All Access – how to get it

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Xbox series X stock - live: Consoles are available from Game’s All Access – how to get it

Update: The Xbox series X is available via Microsoft’s Xbox All Access pay-monthly programme at Game right now.

The Xbox series X continues to be sold out across the board. Even as the console approaches its first birthday, the ongoing global chip shortage has slowed the production of Microsoft’s next-generation console to a trickle, leaving shoppers in the UK wondering where to buy the Xbox.

The Xbox series S – a smaller and less powerful version of the console – is easier to find in stock online, but the more advanced Xbox series X sells out within minutes of new stock appearing. Knowing when the series X will be restocked next is key to grabbing one in time.

So if you’re wondering where to buy an Xbox series X in the UK today, our stock-tracking liveblog is here to help. We’ll update you with the latest stock drops as soon as they happen, as well as any news on predicted restock dates, new games and accessories and milestone events.

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Check stock from UK Xbox series X retailers below:

Key Points

  • Argos website shows Xbox stock now available

  • The Xbox series X mini fridge is sold out

  • Where can we expect to see Xbox stock this week?

  • Can you buy an Xbox series X on the high street?

Xbox series X is available via All Access at Game

16:09 , Alistair Charlton

 (Microsoft)
(Microsoft)

It’s late in the day, but Game has just had a restock of Xbox series X consoles! These are available through Microsoft’s Xbox All Access programme, where the console is paid for monthly instead of outright.

For the Xbox series X this means 24 monthly payments of £28.99. For that you get the console, plus access to Game Pass Ultimate, where you can play 100 games without actually buying each individual title. All Access includes EA Play, too.

The console is available through All Access at Game right now, and is even offered with next-day delivery.

Argos sells out (or does it?)

16:03 , Alistair Charlton

Bit of a strange one with Argos today. The retailer had an Xbox series X restock, of sorts. We saw some successful shoppers on Twitter and now, hours later, the console can still be added to a trolley on the Argos website. But we can’t find any UK postcodes where the console is actually available for delivery or collection.

It looks like the console has indeed sold out again, but the Argos website is mistakenly letting shoppers add the Xbox series X to their trolley, before saying it can’t be found anywhere.

You can play Xbox games on your laptop

16:01 , Alistair Charlton

You don’t actually need an Xbox series X to play Xbox series X games, just a fast enough internet connection and a compatible streaming device.

Xbox Cloud Gaming streams games from Microsoft’s servers to your console, laptop or phone, via your internet browser or the Xbox app. How does cloud gaming work? It’s a bit like being on a Zoom call with a game that you’re controlling, meaning you can jump into new games at the push of a button rather than waiting around for an installation. In simple terms, your commands are sent to the game, which is running on Microsoft’s server, and the sound and picture is streamed back to you in real-time.

Cloud gaming requires a membership to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (£32.99,Argos.co.uk), which unlocks on-demand access to more than 100 games. Thankfully, decent laptops are much easier to find than the Xbox series X. If you’re thinking of upgrading, check out our list of the best laptops in 2021.

The best VPN for the Xbox series X

15:29 , Alistair Charlton

 (iStock)
(iStock)

The Xbox series X has excellent built-in security when playing games online, but there are reasons other than staying safe online for installing a VPN for the Xbox.

If you use your Xbox as your main entertainment hub, a VPN (virtual private network) allows you to spoof your location and access streaming TV shows and movies not normally available in your country, such as those found on American Netflix, which is full of content normally unavailable to subscribers in the UK.

You can’t install a VPN directly to an Xbox series X, but you can install one on your internet router to anonymise all of the web traffic in your home in one fell swoop.

A slow VPN will hinder your online gaming, so to keep your Xbox series X running at its best you’ll want to make sure the VPN you choose is fast and responsive enough to avoid lag and dropouts when playing online. Check out our round-up of the best VPNs for torrenting, streaming and gaming.

The best TVs for gaming on Xbox series X

15:03 , Alistair Charlton

 (iStock/The Independent)
(iStock/The Independent)

To get the most out of the Xbox series X, you’ll need a 4K television.

Many next-generation games allow you to choose between a performance mode and a graphics mode. The former downgrades the visuals slightly for smoother framerates, while the latter mode enables higher resolutions and creates more detail at the expense of framerate.

If your TV only goes up to 1080p (also known as Full HD), you won’t be getting the most out of your new Xbox series X. To help you upgrade your set without breaking the bank, we’ve pulled together a list of the best 4K TV deals for entertainment, movies and gaming.

Check out some Black Friday 2021 tech deals

14:01 , Alistair Charlton

 (iStock/The Independent)
(iStock/The Independent)

The Xbox series X isn’t the only thing in short supply around here. Everything from laptops to smartphones has been affected by production delays, with shortages of many high-end consumer electronics predicted to stretch into next year.

To give you the best chance of finding the tech you’re after, we launched our Black Friday tech deals guide. You’ll find great deals on tech and gaming accessories from Amazon, John Lewis & Partners, Currys PC World, and Argos.

We’ll be adding new deals as they appear in the run up to the big shopping event, so check back for updates as Black Friday approaches.

The best gaming deals for Black Friday 2021

13:28 , Alistair Charlton

 (The Independent)
(The Independent)

With Black Friday now just a few weeks away, we’d like to draw your attention to the IndyBest guide to the best gaming deals and discounts for 2021. The shopping event of the year officially kicks off on 26 November, but retailers often start their sales days or even an entire week early.

Because there are often so many tech deals up for grabs on Black Friday, we’re taking a granular approach at IndyBest. We’ve got dedicated pieces on deals on televisions, general technology – and, of course, gaming. Gaming deals this Black Friday will be up for grabs far and wide, from specialists like Game and ShopTo, as well as general retailers like Amazon, Very, Argos, Currys and more.

While we can’t promise discounts on the still-tricky-to-find Xbox series X and PlayStation 5, nor the Nintendo Switch OLED – which we have recently reviewed – but you can definitely expect to see money off games, accessories, other consoles and digital services.

The best Black Friday 2021 gaming deals and discounts

What’s the difference between Xbox series X and series S?

13:02 , Alistair Charlton

 (Microsoft)
(Microsoft)

After a couple of restocks yesterday it’s looking like a quieter day today. So let’s brush up on the fundamentals, and remind ourselves of the differences between the two types of Xbox console.

There are two next-gen Xboxes, the less powerful £249 Xbox series S and the top-of-the-range £449 Xbox series X.

All Xbox games old and new will run on both consoles, though on the less powerful Xbox series S the overall graphics quality will be dialled down. The Xbox series S does not have a disc drive, has half the storage capacity and can only play downloaded games. The Xbox series S is much easier to find in stock than the series X. It’s also cheaper and costs just £249 (Amazon.co.uk).

Here are the details, if you’re into comparing teraflops.

Xbox series S specs:

  • CPU: Custom Zen 2 8-core CPU

  • GPU: 4 TFLOPS, 20 CUS

  • Memory: 10GB GDDR6

  • Storage: 512GB SSD

  • Resolution: 1440p at 60fps

Xbox series X specs:

  • CPU: AMD 8-core Zen 2 @ 3.8 GHz

  • GPU: 12TFLOPS, 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz

  • Memory: 16GB GDDR6

  • Storage: 1TB custom WD SSD, optional 1T

  • Resolution: 4K at 60fps

Read our review of the new Nintendo Switch OLED

12:15 , Alistair Charlton

 (Nintendo Switch)
(Nintendo Switch)

In the market for a new portable games console too? Well you should check out the Nintendo Switch OLED, which arrived earlier this month and features an all-new OLED display that is larger and brighter than before, with vivid colours and deeper blacks. The new Switch (£309.99, Argos.co.uk) also has a redesigned kickstand and twice the internal storage of the previous model.

Our reviewer gave the Nintendo Switch OLED a 9/10 rating and said: “The larger display is fantastic and playing games in handheld mode is an absolute joy. The kickstand feels so solid and makes us never want to look at that little toggle on the back of the original Switch ever again...if you’re new to Nintendo Switch and have never bought one before, this is absolutely the best version of the console yet.”

Is John Lewis due an Xbox series X restock?

11:45 , Alistair Charlton

We’ll level with you: John Lewis & Partners doesn’t have a great track record when it comes to Xbox series X stock. The retailer last had a restock on 5 October, but that was only available via the app and stock didn’t last long at all. Before that, John Lewis had a couple of Xbox restocks in July and one in June.

The console is currently listed as out of stock on the John Lewis website, with no indication as to when more will arrive. The cheaper Xbox series S, which is widely available today at other retailers, is also out of stock at JL, despite the store’s attractive two-year warranty on tech products, we’d suggest you look elsewhere.

How to get free Bose 700 headphones when pre-ordering the Google Pixel 6

11:30 , Alistair Charlton

 (The Independent)
(The Independent)

Google has just announced its new Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 pro smartphones, and we have the perfect deal for you. The IndyBest team has found a deal where you can get a free pair of Bose 700 noise-cancelling headphones, worth a massive £350, when pre-ordering the new Pixel 6.

The headphones, which have a battery life of 20 hours, are a favourite of ours, having topped our round-up of the best noise-cancelling pairs of 2021. Our tester hailed Bose as the “king of ANC” and said shoppers would be “hard-pressed to find better” than the Bose 700’s active noise cancelling.

The offer is available for a limited time only, meaning you need to pre-order a Google Pixel 6 or Pixel pro from participating retailers between 19 October and 27 October to receive a set of Bose noise cancelling headphones. Once you’ve placed your pre-order for the phone, head over to pixel-offers.com/headphones to redeem the offer.

What is Xbox All Access?

10:53 , Alistair Charlton

 (Microsoft)
(Microsoft)

If you’d rather pay for your Xbox in monthly installments, then Xbox All Access might be for you. Set up by Microsoft and offered through Game and Smyths Toys (when stock is actually available, of course), All Access includes the console and Game Pass Ultimate.

There’s no upfront cost and the Xbox series X costs £28.99 a month for 24 months. The less powerful (and far more readily available) Xbox series S is £20.99 a month for 24 months. No physical games are included, but access to Game Pass Ultimate means you can play a catalogue of over 100 games from the cloud, on your Xbox or PC.

How to buy a PS5 today

10:17 , Alistair Charlton

 (The Independent)
(The Independent)

While we wait for more Xbox stock to arrive (and for the Argos website to get its act together), how about a PS5 instead? There have been a few restocks at UK retailers today, and to find out more you should head over to the IndyBest PS5 restock live blog. Our team is there, ready to share all of the latest news on every PS5 restock to land today.

Will the Xbox series X fit under your TV?

10:03 , Alistair Charlton

Good question. The latest generation of game consoles – the Xbox series X and PS5 – are big. So big, in fact, you might have to rearrange your TV stand or media cabinet to make space for them.

The Xbox series S is much smaller, owing to it being less powerful and creating less heat. Here is how the two versions of next-gen Xbox stack up:

Stood up on its side, the Xbox series X measures 30.1cm tall, 15.1cm wide and 15.1cm deep. It weighs 4.45kg.

The Xbox series S is much slimmer, at 27.5cm tall, 6.5cm wide and 15.1cm deep, It weighs 1.93kg.

Both consoles can be stood up or laid down on their side – which could be a necessity if you want the series X on the shelf under your TV.

Argos website shows Xbox stock now available

09:42 , Alistair Charlton

Argos has just added some Xbox series X stock to its website. The consoles can be added to shoppers’ trolleys, but it doesn’t look like much stock is available at this time. We’re struggling to find availability local to us, but hopefully this is just a case of stock being added to the database.

As ever with Argos, put an Xbox into your trolley and hit refresh until stock (hopefully) arrives at your local stores, ready for collection or delivery.

When did Currys last have an Xbox restock?

09:18 , Alistair Charlton

Currys is well overdue an Xbox series X restock. The retailer last stocked the console on 7 September, and after quickly selling out we’ve seen nothing since. Currys had a strong summer, with series X restocks in June and July, then no fewer than four in August.

If you can’t wait any longer, Currys has the less powerful Xbox series S available to buy right now for its regular retail price of £249.

Will AO have another Xbox restock this month?

09:02 , Alistair Charlton

AO had a restock yesterday, 19 October, but it didn’t last long at all, so we’re hoping the electronics retailer has some more Xbox consoles coming soon. Before that, AO had a series X restock on 12 October, as well as 3 August and 1 and 17 September.

The AO website currently lists the series X as out of stock, with no word of when new consoles will arrive.

The Xbox Series S is in stock at AO as part of a bundle with Fifa 22 (£319, AO.com), but a bundle with the console and a second controller (£345, AO.com) is currently unavailable.

Does the Microsoft Store have any Xbox stock?

08:45 , Alistair Charlton

We’re not sure what happened yesterday, but the Microsoft Store briefly showed the Xbox series X as in stock and available to buy. However, trying to put the console in the shopping cart failed. Microsoft has since updated the website and the buy button has been replaced with the familiar ‘out of stock’ notice.

There’s no word of when the console will come back into stock with Microsoft. Prior to this, the site had restocks on 25 August, 7 September and 12 October. It’s tricky to predict when the next restock will happen. Was yesterday’s error a sign that stock is about to go live? Was it a cynical attempt to drum up some attention? Who knows. We just hope Microsoft has an Xbox restock soon.

How to buy an Xbox series X online

08:30 , Alistair Charlton

 (The Independent)
(The Independent)

Since there are no restocks to report on at the moment, let’s go over some of the basics when it comes to securing a console. Preparation is key to success, and there are a bunch of things you can do right now to ensure you’re ready when the next restock happens.

  • Register an account and save your payment details at each of the retailers that stock the Xbox series X. They’re listed in the main article above

  • Are you a BT customer, or know somebody 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 wish list or “save for later” list

  • When the console drops, use the link in your wish list to add the Xbox to your trolley – this usually has a higher success rate than navigating through the website

  • Keep note of the prices of bundles to ensure you’re getting a good deal. Rounding up, the console itself is £450, controllers are £50, the official headset is £90, and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate costs £11 per month. Newly released game are £60, but retailers usually bundle older games with the console

  • The pay-as-you-go Xbox All Access programme is good value for money, so long as you don’t already have a Game Pass subscription

When will Smyths Toys have an Xbox restock?

08:21 , Alistair Charlton

Smyths Toys is currently sold out of Xbox series X consoles (because of course it is), but shoppers shouldn’t have too much longer to wait until more arrive. The Smyths website says fresh Xbox stock is expected in October, and with only 11 days of the month left, we’re hopeful that the restock will arrive in the next week or so.

Prior to this, Smyths has Xbox restocks on 5 and 10 August, and 9 and 24 September.

The Xbox series X mini fridge is sold out

08:16 , Alistair Charlton

 (iStock/The Independent)
(iStock/The Independent)

As well as two small console restocks, yesterday also saw pre-orders open for the Xbox series X mini fridge. An official Microsoft product and proof of what happens when a joke goes too far, the fridge looks like a series X, but is large enough to chill 10 cans of your favourite beverage. It’s available exclusively through Game but, you guessed it, it’s now sold out.

Game’s website says vaguely how the Xbox fridge “might be available in store,” so if a console-shaped drinks cooler is what you really, really want, you should contact your local branch of Game.

Who will restock the Xbox series X next?

08:11 , Alistair Charlton

Predicting Xbox restocks is proving incredibly difficult at the moment, as stock tends to spring up out of nowhere – and, yes, often disappear just as quickly. We reckon Game must be due a restock soon, as the retailer tends to have new Xbox consoles every couple of weeks.

With the last restock being 24 September, it’s been almost four weeks now since Game last had any consoles. Before that, we saw no fewer than six restocks from Game through August, so hopefully the retailer is saving itself for a couple of bumper restocks as we head towards Christmas.

Good morning and welcome!

08:03 , Alistair Charlton

Good morning, Xbox hunters! Welcome back to the IndyBest Xbox series X live blog, where we’ll share all of the latest news on UK restocks throughout the day.

Yesterday saw two (two!) restocks, from Very and AO, but they were brief and many eager shoppers were left empty-handed. Hopefully we’ll see some larger restocks today.

Xbox stock trackers, signing off

Tuesday 19 October 2021 16:55 , Steve Hogarty

Well that’s all from us on this beautiful, grey Tuesday, thank you for joining us on the Xbox stock tracking liveblog.

Today we had a drop from Very and a drop from AO, though stock was so limited that many shoppers were left empty handed by the time they reached the checkout.

If you missed your chance, don’t worry. We’re expecting even more restocks of Microsoft’s next-generation console this week.

To be the first to know when the Xbox series X is back in stock, join us again tomorrow morning. Good evening!

The best VPN for the Xbox series X

Tuesday 19 October 2021 16:21 , Steve Hogarty

The Xbox series X has impeccable built-in security when playing games online, but there reasons besides security to install a VPN for the Xbox.

If you use your Xbox as your main entertainment hub, a virtual private network allows you to spoof your location and access telly shows and movies not normally available in your country, such as those found on American Netflix, which is full of amazing things they don’t want British people seeing.

You can’t install a VPN directly to an Xbox series X, but you can install one on your internet router to anonymise all of the web traffic in your home in one fell swoop.

A slow VPN will hinder your online gaming, so to keep your Xbox series X running at peak performance you’ll want to make sure the VPN you choose is fast and responsive enough to avoid lag and dropouts when playing online. Check out our round-up of the best VPNs for torrenting, streaming and gaming.

The best VPN for every type of device

The best Xbox series X games to play right now

Tuesday 19 October 2021 15:22 , Steve Hogarty

The enthusiasm with which we track Xbox stock might make you think we don’t already own one, but truth be told we’ve been gaming on the Xbox series X for a while now. This whole liveblog endeavour is all about finding an Xbox for you, friend.

In advance of bagging your own console, why not check out our list of the best Xbox series X games we’ve been playing in 2021?

Managed to find the Xbox series X in stock? Here are the games you need to play

Xbox mini fridge pre-orders are live now

Tuesday 19 October 2021 14:32 , Steve Hogarty

Game has started selling pre-orders for the Xbox mini fridge.

The fridge, which is the end result of a joke taken too far, is flying off the shelves.

Xbox series X mini fridge is available to buy now

Check out some Black Friday 2021 tech deals

Tuesday 19 October 2021 14:25 , Steve Hogarty

The Xbox series X isn’t the only thing in short supply around here. Everything from laptops to smartphones has been affected by production delays, with shortages of many high-end consumer electronics predicted to stretch into next year.

To give you the best chance of finding the tech you’re after, we launched our Black Friday tech deals guide. You’ll find great deals on tech and gaming accessories from Amazon, John Lewis & Partners, Currys PC World, and Argos.

We’ll be adding new deals as they appear in the run up to the big shopping event, so check back for updates as Black Friday approaches.

Black Friday tech deals: What offers to expect this year

Check out some of the best Black Friday 2021 tech deals

08:32 , Alistair Charlton

 (iStock/The Independent)
(iStock/The Independent)

The Xbox series X isn’t the only thing in short supply around here. Everything from laptops to smartphones has been affected by production delays, with shortages of many high-end consumer electronics predicted to stretch into next year.

To give you the best chance of finding the tech you’re after, we launched our Black Friday tech deals guide. You’ll find great deals on tech and gaming accessories from Amazon, John Lewis & Partners, Currys PC World, and Argos.

We’ll be adding new deals as they appear in the run up to the big shopping event, so check back for updates as Black Friday approaches.

Who will restock the Xbox series X next?

Tuesday 19 October 2021 13:26 , Steve Hogarty

Not to pat ourselves on the back too much, but we predicted this morning’s Very restock with unnerving accuracy. Sometimes we frighten even ourselves.

So with the Xbox sold out again and Very no longer in the picture, where do we think we’ll see Microsoft’s next-generation console pop up next?

Our patented stock tracking algorithm predicts Game. It’s a weak prediction, a little fuzzy around the edges and not as firm as we’d like, but right now it’s topping the chart of retailers most likely to restock the Xbox next.

Game is one of only two retailers selling pre-orders for the Xbox series X limited edition Halo Infinite bundle (Microsoft)
Game is one of only two retailers selling pre-orders for the Xbox series X limited edition Halo Infinite bundle (Microsoft)

It’s been three and a half weeks since Game last sold an Xbox, and the retailer rarely goes more than two without a drop. We’re keeping our eyes peeled and our mouse-clicking fingers poised.

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Tuesday 19 October 2021 12:28 , Steve Hogarty

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Very might have the Xbox series X in stock

Tuesday 19 October 2021 12:13 , Steve Hogarty

The Very waiting room has opened up again for the Xbox series X console.

Buy now (£449.99, Very.co.uk)

We cannot verify if the retailer has any available Xbox stock right now — all we know is that Very has opened up its queuing system for the second time today.

The Xbox series X is now sold out at Very

Tuesday 19 October 2021 12:03 , Steve Hogarty

The waiting room has just rudely catapulted shoppers back to the Very homepage, where the Xbox series X is defiantly sold out as ever.

We haven’t heard any reports of customers successfully catching an Xbox series X on this occasion. We’re investigating just how many consoles were made available, if any.

Xbox Game Studios teased (the de-teased) the new ‘Fable'

Tuesday 19 October 2021 11:59 , Steve Hogarty

Microsoft seemed to tease a major Fable announcement on Twitter before quickly deleting the tweet, walking back the tease and putting the genie back in the bottle.

“We’re excited to kick off something special tomorrow!” tweeted the Xbox Game Studios account. “(Just give us one more day to prepare the chickens.)🐔”

“We’d call it our Fable Anniversary, but that name was already taken.”

A long-awaited new entry in Microsoft’s beloved fantasy RPG series (which features, among other things, chickens) is already known to be in the works. It will be developed by Playground Games (of Forza Horizon) but so far no details have been spilled.

It’s not clear what the now-deleted tweet was actually about, or whether it really was alluding to any kind of Fable announcement. In our professional opinion, we think it was a clumsy reference that spiralled out of control.

Xbox fans, misinterpreting tweets and spiralling out of control? Say it ain’t so.

Everything you need to know about the Xbox mini fridge

Tuesday 19 October 2021 11:44 , Steve Hogarty

While we’re all hanging around in Very’s purgatorial waiting room hoping to buy an Xbox series X that could well be sold out by the time we’re at the front of the queue, let’s have a think about refrigeration and brand synergy.

That’s right, we’re talking about the Xbox mini fridge. Pre-orders open today, and here’s everything you could possibly need to know about this cool marketing stunt, including how to get your hands on one.

Xbox series X mini fridge opens for pre-orders in the UK today

PS5 shoppers are reaching the front of Very’s queue

Tuesday 19 October 2021 11:07 , Steve Hogarty

Still stuck in the Very waiting room? So are we. It’s been over an hour.

The retailer dropped the PS5 at the same time as the Xbox this morning, so presumably there a huge numbers of shoppers still trying to get through. We advise you don’t refresh the page, and don’t try to open the store link in more tabs.

 (Very)
(Very)

PlayStation 5 fans are now being allowed out of the waiting room to find that their preferred console is in stock, giving us hope that we could see the same for the Xbox soon.

You just gotta believe.

Try the Very app if you’re still in the website queue

Tuesday 19 October 2021 10:33 , Steve Hogarty

The Xbox series X restock at Very is still ongoing, though it seems everybody is in this interminable waiting room at the moment. Here’s the link if you’d like to join us.

Buy now, £449.99

The retailer has also restocked the PlayStation 5 this morning. Over on our PS5 stock tracking liveblog, they suggest using the Very app on your phone (using mobile data so you’ve got a unique IP address) to navigate the virtual queue.

“Try using the Very smartphone app instead. We’ve heard of shoppers who have been able to navigate through the virtual queuing system more quickly using the app. As it stands, we’re not sure how much stock Very added to their site this morning, but if the app can speed things up then we think it’s worth a try.”

The Xbox series X is still on sale at Very

Tuesday 19 October 2021 10:10 , Steve Hogarty

Buy now, £449.99

Here are some more tips for the waiting room.

Very uses your IP address to determine your position in the queue. Refreshing too many times can cause the site to kick you out or even block you, so don’t open too many tabs on the same device.

You can give yourself more chances of getting through the waiting room by using your phone (on mobile data), or using another device on a VPN (which disguises your IP address).

The best advice? Just be patient and wait. Last time Very dropped, we saw shoppers being released from the waiting room up to an hour after first clicking the link.

The Xbox series X is in stock at Very

Tuesday 19 October 2021 09:50 , Steve Hogarty

Buy now

Very has restocked the standalone Xbox series X console for £449.99.

The retailer is operating a waiting room for customers. Don’t refresh the page, your turn will come. It can take anything up to an hour to reach the front of the queue.

The Xbox mini fridge pre-orders are in Game stores now

Tuesday 19 October 2021 09:31 , Steve Hogarty

Important mini fridge update.

Shoppers are reporting availability of the Xbox mini fridge in Game stores around the country this morning. Stock is limited to just a handful of fridges per shop, but if you’re eager to get your hands on one you should pop into your nearest branch today.

Game is expected to launch pre-orders for the Xbox mini fridge online at 2pm this afternoon.

Whether you find one in store or on the website, these are pre-order deals only. The mini fridge will launch in December, so you’ll just have to drink warm beer until then.

Very could restock the Xbox series X today

Tuesday 19 October 2021 09:10 , Steve Hogarty

Verily, the Xbox is out of stock at Very. But there’s a high chance the retailer could restock today before 12pm, based on previous restocking patterns.

Very resupplies the Xbox on Tuesdays before noon, once every four or five weeks. The last four drops have landed on this schedule precisely.

As the most recent restock at Very was exactly five weeks ago, we should see another restock this morning if the patterns holds true.

The Xbox mini fridge launches today

Tuesday 19 October 2021 08:54 , Steve Hogarty

Forget the Xbox series X console, there’s an official Xbox mini fridge launching at Game today.

Why? Well, when the Xbox series X was first revealed in 2019, fans joked that the console resembled a fridge. Microsoft sees marketing opportunities in every crisis, so quickly set about sending full-size, Xbox branded refrigerators to major celebrities.

Now, fans can finally pre-order their very own Xbox fridge (albeit a miniature-size fridge big enough to hold 12 cans of pop) when it goes on sale at Game later this afternoon.

In the absence of any Xbox consoles to report on, we’ll bring you an update on the Xbox mini fridge as soon as stock appears.

The Xbox series X is not in stock at Microsoft

Tuesday 19 October 2021 08:32 , Steve Hogarty

The Microsoft Store is trolling shoppers this morning.

The “checkout” button on the retailer’s Xbox series X product page has lit up and can even be clicked to add the console to your trolley.

 (Microsoft)
(Microsoft)

But don’t be fooled. You get as far into the purchase as entering your payment details before the site tells you that the Xbox series X is not in stock.

Apparently the glitch is caused when the Microsoft Store restocks the console in the USA, and its stock tracking systems forget which side of the ocean they’re on.

We’ll keep an eye on it all the same, in case this goofiness precedes a UK stock drop.

Xbox stock trackers, activate

Tuesday 19 October 2021 08:23 , Steve Hogarty

Good morning, Xbox hunters!

Welcome to Tuesday’s Xbox series X stock tracking liveblog, where we’ll be scouring the internet for any available stock of Microsoft’s latest console.

The Xbox can appear without warning and sells out quickly, so we’re here to bring you live stock updates as soon as they happen to give you the best chance of grabbing one before it sells out again.

Ready? Then we begin.

Live blog logging off

Monday 18 October 2021 17:00 , Alistair Charlton

That was a bit better, wasn’t it? After what felt like weeks of Xbox drought, we saw a smattering of series X stock today. First there was a quick restock from EE, followed by a more substantial one from BT using its VIP code system. We also got distracted by the Xbox seres X mini fridge, which opens for pre-order at Game tomorrow, 19 October. Will you be buying one?

As ever, we’ll see you again tomorrow morning for another day of Xbox hunting.

BT now sold out

Monday 18 October 2021 16:03 , Alistair Charlton

The BT store showing the Xbox series X as sold out (BT)
The BT store showing the Xbox series X as sold out (BT)

It looks like the BT store is now sold out of today’s Xbox series X restock. The console looked to be available for a good while, showing that BT’s VIP code system appears to be working. This is where BT customers apply for a code, which is then emailed out when stock is available, and used to claim a console, which shoppers then pay for as normal. Congratulations to any readers who managed to buy one!

What is Xbox All Access?

Monday 18 October 2021 16:01 , Alistair Charlton

 (Microsoft)
(Microsoft)

If you’d rather pay for your Xbox in monthly installments, then Xbox All Access might be for you. Set up by Microsoft and offered through Game and Smyths Toys (when stock is actually available, of course), All Access includes the console and Game Pass Ultimate.

There’s no upfront cost and the Xbox series X costs £28.99 a month for 24 months. The less powerful (and far more readily available) Xbox series S is £20.99 a month for 24 months. No physical games are included, but access to Game Pass Ultimate means you can play a catalogue of over 100 games from the cloud, on your Xbox or PC.

How to buy an Xbox series X online

Monday 18 October 2021 15:27 , Alistair Charlton

 (The Independent)
(The Independent)

Since there are no new restocks to report on, let’s go over some of basic tips when it comes to securing a console. Preparation is the key to success here, and there are a bunch of things you can do right now to ensure you’re ready when the next restock happens.

  • Register an account and save your payment details at each of the retailers that stock the Xbox series X. They’re listed in the main article above

  • Are you a BT customer, or know somebody 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 wish list or “save for later” list

  • When the console drops, use the link in your wish list to add the Xbox to your trolley – this usually has a higher success rate than navigating through the website

  • Keep note of the prices of bundles to ensure you’re getting a good deal. Rounding up, the console itself is £450, controllers are £50, the official headset is £90, and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate costs £11 per month. Newly released game are around £60, but retailers usually bundle older games with the console

  • The pay-as-you-go Xbox All Access programme is good value for money, so long as you don’t already have a Game Pass subscription

You can play Xbox games on your laptop

Monday 18 October 2021 15:01 , Alistair Charlton

 (The Independent)
(The Independent)

You don’t actually need an Xbox series X to play Xbox series X games. Instead, you just need a fast enough internet connection and a compatible streaming device.

Xbox Cloud Gaming streams games from Microsoft’s servers to your console, laptop or phone, via your internet browser or the Xbox app. How does cloud gaming work? It’s a bit like being on a Zoom call with a game that you’re controlling, meaning you can jump into new games at the push of a button rather than waiting around for an installation. You control it as normal, but the game is running on Microsoft’s servers, which then stream the sound and picture of the game to your device.

Cloud gaming requires a membership to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (£32.99,Argos.co.uk), which unlocks on-demand access to more than 100 games. Thankfully, decent laptops are much easier to find than the Xbox series X. If you’re thinking of upgrading, check out our list of the best laptops in 2021.

Sign up to the Indy

Monday 18 October 2021 14:02 , Alistair Charlton

 (The Independent)
(The Independent)

Have we helped you find an Xbox series X? Are you now keen for more shopping insights? Why not sign up to the free IndyBest newsletter, where you can access the best deals and round-ups of the week’s must-have products chosen by IndyBest experts.

Dropping into your inbox every Friday morning, the handy digest features items from our tried and tested reviews by pros in the field – helping you make the most informed choice with your hard-earned cash.

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The best gaming deals this Black Friday

Monday 18 October 2021 13:28 , Alistair Charlton

 (The Independent)
(The Independent)

We know it’s still only mid-October, but Black Friday 2021 will be with us before you know it. Falling on 26 November, the shopping event of the year is likely to kick off earlier than that, with retailers expected to cut prices a week or even an entire month in advance.

There are always lots of technology deals to take advantage of during the Black Friday sales, with lots of discounts to be had on video game consoles, games, accessories and more. We can’t promise discounts on the still-tricky-to-find Xbox series X and PlayStation 5, nor the Nintendo Switch OLED, but you can definitely expect to see money off games, accessories, other consoles and digital services.

Retailers like Game, Currys and Amazon will be cutting prices across a huge range of video games and related products, making it the perfect time to expand your game collection, grab a new controller, or renew your online gaming subscriptions.

What’s the difference between Xbox series X and series S?

Monday 18 October 2021 13:04 , Alistair Charlton

 (Microsoft)
(Microsoft)

We’re over half way through October with hardly any Xbox series X stock drops in sight. So let’s brush up on the fundamentals. Know your enemy and all that.

There are two next-gen Xboxes, the less powerful Xbox series S and the top-of-the-range Xbox series X.

All Xbox games old and new will run on both consoles, though on the less powerful Xbox series S the overall graphics quality will be dialled down. The Xbox series S does not have a disc drive, has half the storage capacity and can only play downloaded games. The Xbox series S is much easier to find in stock than the series X. It’s also cheaper and costs just £249 (Amazon.co.uk).

Here are the details, if you’re into comparing teraflops.

Xbox series S specs:

  • CPU: Custom Zen 2 8-core CPU

  • GPU: 4 TFLOPS, 20 CUS

  • Memory: 10GB GDDR6

  • Storage: 512GB SSD

  • Resolution: 1440p at 60fps

Xbox series X specs:

  • CPU: AMD 8-core Zen 2 @ 3.8 GHz

  • GPU: 12TFLOPS, 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz

  • Memory: 16GB GDDR6

  • Storage: 1TB custom WD SSD, optional 1T

  • Resolution: 4K at 60fps

How to buy a PS5

Monday 18 October 2021 12:31 , Alistair Charlton

 (The Independent)
(The Independent)

If you’re considering switching from Xbox to PlayStation then we have some good news for you – the PS5 is easier to buy than the Xbox series X. Or rather, it’s slightly easier to buy. Restocks at UK retailers have been happening more often than with the Xbox series X, and stock tends to hang around for a little longer too. Some retailers even give advance notice of when stock will arrive. Dreamy.

Of course, the IndyBest team is here to help you grab a PS5 the moment a restock happens. To get all of the latest news and tips on how to buy a PS5, head over to our PS5 UK restock live blog.

How to pre-order the Xbox series X mini fridge

Monday 18 October 2021 12:02 , Alistair Charlton

The Xbox series X mini fridge opens for pre-order on 19 October (Microsoft)
The Xbox series X mini fridge opens for pre-order on 19 October (Microsoft)

Yes, really. Microsoft is making a mini fridge that looks just like an Xbox series X, only large enough to chill 12 cans of your favourite beverage. The fridge is priced at £89.99 and is available exclusively through Game in the UK. Pre-orders open on 19 October and Microsoft says the Xbox mini fridge is due to ship from December.

The fridge, which contains two shelves and has a 10-litre capacity, measures 462 x 232 x 232mm.

Xbox series X stock arrives in BT online store

Monday 18 October 2021 11:34 , Alistair Charlton

BT customers are now able to order an Xbox series X from the telecom’s online store. Instead of this being a free-for-all, the consoles can only be bought by BT customers using a unique code. These codes are emailed out to customers who have previously registered to receive one.

If that’s you, then check your inbox now! It should contain an email from BT with the all-important code – then head to the BT store, sit in the virtual queue and, hopefully, you’ll be given the chance to buy an Xbox.

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