Update: The Xbox series X is currently in stock at Game via Microsoft’s pay-monthly Xbox All Access. Read on for more information.
Despite launching almost a whole year ago, the Xbox series X is still incredibly difficult to find in stock anywhere online. A global shortage of microprocessors has put the squeeze on the worldwide supply chain, leaving UK shoppers wondering where to buy the new Xbox, and when new stock will eventually arrive.
The less powerful Xbox series S is cheaper to buy and more readily available, but the more advanced Xbox series X, with its extra power and disc drive, is restocked far less often, is in much higher demand, and sells out almost as soon as the new stock appears. Knowing when and where the Xbox will restock is key to getting hold of one.
If you want to know where to buy an Xbox series X in the UK today, you’ve come to the right place. Our stock tracking liveblog will update you with the latest stock drops as soon as they happen, as well as any news on predicted restock dates and milestone events.
Check stock from UK Xbox series X retailers below:
Xbox Series X restock news
Xbox restock lands at Very
Xbox series X stock still available at Game via Xbox All Access
What is Xbox All Access?
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How to pre-order a Nintendo Switch OLED in the UK
14:32 , Alistair Charlton
If you’re also in the market for a new Nintendo Switch OLED then you’re in luck, because we also have a complete guide for buying the new portable gaming console. Pre-orders are available now at Amazon and Game, but have already sold out at other retailers including Very, Argos and Currys PC World.
But don’t let that put you off, because The Independent’s Nintendo Switch OLED pre-order guide is regularly updated to let you know when pre-orders open and stock arrives. As a reminder, the Switch OLED goes on sale in the UK on 8 October.
Does Smyths have any Xbox stock?
13:28 , Alistair Charlton
Smyths Toys doesn’t tend to get that many restocks, with Xbox series X consoles landing online on 8 June, 5 August and 9 September, plus a click-and-collect drop on 10 August. The drop earlier in September was particularly small, so we’re holding out hope that the next drop will be larger.
Thankfully, the Smyths website states that more Xbox series X stock is due to arrive at some point in September, so hopefully patient shoppers will have no more than a couple of weeks to wait.
When did Amazon last have Xbox stock?
12:30 , Alistair Charlton
Amazon has had more Xbox series X restocks than most other retailers this year. We saw two in June, two in July, two in August (albeit in Germany and France instead of the UK), a further German restock on 8 September and a UK restock a day later.
Clearly there’s a pattern developing here with two restocks per month. But that doesn’t necessarily mean Amazon won’t have more Xbox series X stock before October, especially when three of the last four drops have been in mainland Europe.
We’re holding out for another UK Xbox restock soon. UK stock landed at the end of June and July, so the same could well happen later in September too.
How to buy a PS5 in the UK today
11:32 , Alistair Charlton
Fancy a PlayStation 5 while waiting for Xbox series X stock to arrive? Or perhaps you’ve decided you want to switch from one console to the other? Well you’re in luck, because the IndyBest team is also working hard on our PS5 live blog, bringing you up-to-the-minute information on where to buy a PlayStation 5 in the UK right now.
What is Xbox All Access?
10:35 , Alistair Charlton
Since Game still has Xbox series X stock through Xbox All Access, here’s a quick explanation of what that is. Simply put, Xbox All Access is a way of buying an Xbox series console (X or S) via monthly payments instead of one out-right payment.
But here’s the good bit. Included in the monthly cost is access to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which itself grants access to over 100 premium games, including Halo, Minecraft, Forza and many others. On top of that, Xbox All Access customers also get EA Play, which gives you in-game rewards and access to a library of Electronic Arts games.
Xbox All Access is priced at £28.99 per month for 24 months for the Xbox series X, and is available right now from Game. The less powerful Xbox series S is £20.99 a month, also for 24 months. Both are offered with 0% finance.
When did John Lewis last have Xbox stock?
10:28 , Alistair Charlton
John Lewis has been one of the worst performers when it comes to Xbox series X stock. Some consoles arrived on 22 June, then again on the 7th and 12th of July, but we have seen nothing since.
The retailer has even struggled with the Xbox series S, which is currently out of stock while being available elsewhere. Given it has been so long since John Lewis had any stock, we would suggest shoppers train their sights elsewhere and look towards Game, Very, Currys PC World, and their local Smyths store.
Xbox series X stock is still available at Very
10:12 , Alistair Charlton
Have you bagged yourself an Xbox at Very yet? You’ll need to be patient – we were sat in the queue for over an hour – but the system works and, sure enough, we’ve managed to enter the checkout process on two occasions this morning.
Very’s website says how over 100 Xbox series X consoles have been purchased in the last 48 hours (and likely the last hour too, let’s be honest). So keep faith if you are sat in the queue, and try not to refresh the page. The system appears to be working.
When did Currys PC World last have Xbox stock?
10:01 , Alistair Charlton
Some retailers haven’t had much Xbox series X stock for quite some time, and unfortunately Currys PC World is one of them. Three restocks landed in August, but so far we have seen just one restock for September, on the morning of the 7th for just an hour.
Stock then dried up and we’ve seen nothing more since. The series X is currently listed as out of stock on the Currys PC World website, with no indication of when more stock might arrive.
As is increasingly the case, Currys PC World has the cheaper and less powerful Xbox series S in stock and available right now.
Xbox series X stock still available at Game via Xbox All Access
08:57 , Alistair Charlton
Remarkably, Xbox series X stock that landed in Game yesterday via Microsoft’s Xbox All Access service is still available. Instead of buying the console out right, the Xbox series X costs £28.99 per month for 24 months. This includes the console, plus access to Game Pass Ultimate, which includes over 100 high-quality games, and EA Play.
It’s a pretty good deal and stock is available at Game for next-day delivery in the UK right now.
Xbox restock lands at Very
08:35 , Alistair Charlton
Already today we are seeing fresh stock at Very. But, naturally, the website is already experiencing high demand and there is a queueing system in place. A counter refreshes every 30 seconds while you wait, but thankfully the website seems to be holding stable and the stock didn’t disappear in the blink of an eye. We’ve got our fingers crossed that plenty of Xbox series X consoles are available this time
Good morning, Xbox hunters
08:32 , Alistair Charlton
Good morning and welcome back to another day of Xbox series X hunting with the IndyBest team! With stock still available via Xbox All Access at Game, plus a fresh restock at Very, we’ve a good feeling about today.
Xbox stock trackers signing off
Monday 13 September 2021 16:59 , Alessandro Mascellino
Monday has been a bit of a slow day in terms of Xbox Series X restocks, but not too bad after all!
In fact, we did see some action, with both Game and AO selling a few consoles this morning.
Looking forward to the rest of the week, we’d recommend to keep an eye on Argos, in particular.
The retailer has not announced any upcoming restock yet, but we've not seen any stock from it since 5 August, and that possibly hints at more of them coming soon.
Join us again tomorrow to continue our hunt for one of the most elusive game consoles ever made.
Xbox series S carbon black bundle available at Game
Monday 13 September 2021 16:17 , Alessandro Mascellino
It may not be as powerful as the Xbox series X, but the Xbox series S is also a great next-generation console in its own right. Better still, it’s in stock and available from most retailers.
Both the Xbox series S and series X play the same games and share many of the same features, such as Velocity architecture, DirectX ray-tracing technology, spatial sound capabilities and gaming at up to 120 frames per second.
The Xbox series S offers just 512GB of hard drive space, compared to the 1TB of storage you get with the Xbox series X. The latest games won’t look as good on the Xbox series S either, as it has a less advanced processor and runs at 1440p resolution. The Xbox series X is capable of true 4K output.
The Xbox series S is currently available at Game, either by itself or as part of a bundle featuring an additional carbon black wireless controller, hat and T-shirt.
Are scalpers losing interest in the Xbox series X?
Monday 13 September 2021 16:00 , Alessandro Mascellino
One of the many reasons next-generation consoles are so difficult to get hold of right now is scalping – where all of the available supply is bought up by automated bots to be resold to legitimate shoppers at inflated prices.
Now, it seems the black market for these resold consoles is cooling off. As reported by VGC, the price of a second hand PS5 dropped by 30 percent in recent months. Sony’s console was reportedly sold by scalpers for $1000 (roughly £720) during Black Friday 2020, but the current price now sits at around $700 (or £500, just £50 more than the recommended retail price).
On the other hand, the Xbox series X has had fewer restocks and so still fetches a high price on the scalping market. But with PS5 prices in freefall we think it’s only a matter of time before reselling either next-gen console is a less appealing way for scalpers to make a quick buck.
‘Halo Infinite' controller to be released on November 15
Monday 13 September 2021 15:17 , Alessandro Mascellino
The Halo Infinite controller will officially come out on November 15, has so been remarkably difficult to pre-order.
The device features a matte metallic green colour inspired by Halo’s Master Chief’s armour, blue LED lights, black paddles, and a gold D-pad.
Despite limited availability for pre-orders, Game said the Halo Infinite controller could potentially be available in-store on the day of release.
Amazon is also reportedly working on restocking the controller, though it’s not sure if more will be available before November 15.
‘Final Fantasy XIII’, ‘Craftopia’, ‘Surgeon Simulator', and more now available on Xbox Game Pass
Monday 13 September 2021 14:17 , Alessandro Mascellino
While we wait for more Xbox series X stock to drop, it is worth noticing that some pretty cool games are available on Xbox Game Pass this month.
Starting from the award-winning RPG Final Fantasy XIII, to the indie multiplayer survival action Craftopia.
Microsoft is also making available on the Xbox Game Pass a number of additional games this month.
These are Signs of the Sojourner, Surgeon Simulator, Clown Trick, Breathedge, Nuclear Throne, The Artful Escape.
Microsoft also confirmed it will be adding more games on a weekly basis, so follow the blog for more updates on this.
Does Amazon have the Xbox series X in stock?
Monday 13 September 2021 13:17 , Alessandro Mascellino
Amazon has been pretty active in restocking the Xbox series X in the past few months, with at least two restocks every month since June, though not all of them in the UK.
This month, we have already seen two restocks, one on Amazon Germany on 8 September and one on Amazon UK the following day.
However, this does not mean we won’t be seeing more in the next couple of weeks.
In fact, in both June and July, Amazon UK restocked Xbox series X right before the end of the month.
Will this be the case is September as well? We’ll keep an eye out for you.
‘FIFA 22’ Standard Plus Edition available to pre-order at Amazon
Monday 13 September 2021 13:00 , Alessandro Mascellino
FIFA 22 Standard Plus Edition launches on Xbox series X on 1 October, and is available to pre-order at Amazon.
The special edition is an Amazon-exclusive version of the game, and includes an in-game digital jersey portraying the FIFA 22 Ultimate Team logos available nowhere else.
FIFA 22 introduces a number of new features to EA’s long-running sports series, including realistic ‘HyperMotion’ technology.
For more information about the game and how to pre-order it, you can read our preview here.
When did Currys last restock the Xbox series X?
Monday 13 September 2021 12:20 , Alessandro Mascellino
Though not available right now, we think Currys could restock the Xbox series X as early as this week.
Why? Well, Currys has restocked only once so far in September. Before that the tech retailer had a grand total of three restocks in August, which suggests the Xbox series X could be overdue another drop.
Does this mean more stock may be available tomorrow? Follow the blog for more updates.
The Xbox series X is in stock at AO in store
Monday 13 September 2021 11:52 , Steve Hogarty
AO has restocked the Xbox series X in all five of its brick-and-mortar UK stores, according to a hot tip we’ve just received.
The consoles aren’t available to buy online, but if you’re near one of the retailer’s physical outlets you can walk right in and pick up Microsoft’s new console today.
AO has five stores located in Manchester, Gatwick, Stevenage, Leeds and Liverpool.
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The ‘Halo Infinite’ themed Xbox is sold out everywhere
Monday 13 September 2021 10:59 , Steve Hogarty
Both Game and the Microsoft Store have been selling pre-orders for the newly revealed, limited edition Halo Infinite themed Xbox series X bundle (£479.99, Microsoft Store). It should come as no surprise to you that this rare Xbox is also impossible to find in stock online.
The branded box celebrates 20 years of Master Chief and boasts “a custom console design imprinted with stars as seen from the surface of Zeta Halo – extending onto the fan behind a blue vent inspired by Cortana.” So far, no retailers besides Game and Microsoft’s official store have offered pre-orders.
The Halo Infinite themed Xbox series X launches 15 November.
Here’s how to find a PS5 in stock
Monday 13 September 2021 10:40 , Steve Hogarty
Sony’s console is suffering under the same supply chain issues dogging every piece of electronics out there right now, so it’s about as difficult to find in stock as the Xbox series X.
To help you out, we’ve launched our PS5 stock tracking liveblog to keep you up to date with the latest news on availability of Sony’s next-generation console.
When will Smyths Toys restock the Xbox?
Monday 13 September 2021 10:21 , Steve Hogarty
Smyths Toys last restocked the Xbox series X on 9 September, though it was a vanishingly teeny drop – we’d estimate fewer than ten consoles were sold before the shutters came down.
Before that on 10 August, Smyths Toys had Xbox stock available to click and collect from stores around the country.
It’s worth popping into your local branch if you’re passing by to ask about stock.
When did the Microsoft Store last have Xbox stock?
Monday 13 September 2021 09:54 , Steve Hogarty
You’d think the official Xbox store would be swimming in consoles, but the retailer has to fight in the mud for the console just like everybody else.
The online-only store last had the Xbox series X in stock on 7 September, and before that on 25 August when it opened up pre-orders for the limited edition Halo Infinite Xbox bundle.
Does AO have the Xbox series X in stock?
Monday 13 September 2021 09:06 , Steve Hogarty
Let’s rattle through a few more retailers, and when we predict they’ll restock the Xbox.
AO last restocked the Xbox series X on the first day of September, and before that on 3 August, which puts the retailer into a nice little monthly-restocking groove.
As neat a pattern as that is, it means we’re less likely to see the Xbox restocked at AO until the beginning of October, about another two weeks away.
When did Argos last restock the Xbox series X?
Monday 13 September 2021 08:54 , Steve Hogarty
Game might be the hero of the moment, but we’re expecting other retailers to receive shipments of Microsoft’s new console this week.
High on our list is Argos, which last restocked on 5 August. Argos faithfully restocks the console roughly once every four weeks, so we’re now overdue another Xbox drop.
The best way to buy an Xbox series X from Argos is through the app. Add the console to your wish list, which lets you slip the Xbox into your basket in advance for a speedy checkout when the time comes.
The Xbox series X is available in some Game stores
Monday 13 September 2021 08:28 , Steve Hogarty
Though stock is now dwindling, the Xbox series X has been available to buy at physical Game stores up and down the country since Wednesday last week.
You can check if your nearest branch has any available stock remaining by entering your postcode here. The same one-console-per-customer policy applies, and we’re hearing reports that the retailer is taking delivery orders for upcoming stock, so long as you make the request in person and not online.
The Xbox series X is in stock at Game right now
Monday 13 September 2021 08:19 , Steve Hogarty
You can buy the Xbox series X online at Game right now, but only through the pay-as-you-go Xbox All Access scheme.
With Xbox All Access, rather than pay £449 for the console in one go, you pay 24 monthly instalments of £28.99. This includes two years of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, the games subscription service allowing you to access more than 100 games on demand.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate usually costs £10.99 per month, which makes Xbox All Access slightly cheaper than buying the console and Game Pass Ultimate separately.
The scheme also requires passing a credit check with Klarna, the buy-now-pay-later service.
Follow the liveblog for the latest Xbox stock alerts
Monday 13 September 2021 08:11 , Steve Hogarty
Good morning, Xbox hunters!
Welcome to this week’s Xbox series X stock tracking liveblog, where we’ll be scouring the internet for sightings 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 they happen to give you the best chance of grabbing one.