Xbox series X stock - live: Who could restock Microsoft’s console next in the UK?

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Game is now stocking the Xbox Series X

The Xbox series X launched a whole year ago, and yet Microsoft’s next-generation game console is still very difficult to buy anywhere in the UK, online and in-store. The ongoing global chip shortage has slowed the production of the newest Xbox to near-standstill, leaving gaming fans in the UK wondering where to buy one.

The less powerful but cheaper Xbox series S is easier to find in stock, while the more advanced Xbox series X sells out within minutes of hitting the shelves. Knowing when and where the Xbox will be restocked next is key to grabbing one before they sell out yet again.

Follow live: The best early Black Friday deals to shop now

That’s why we launched our Xbox stock alerts liveblog. If you’re wanting to find out where to buy an Xbox series X in the UK today, we’re here to help. Below, we’ll update you with the latest live restock updates as soon as they happen, as well as any news on predicted restock dates, new games and accessories, and milestone events. Like the launch of the must-have Xbox mini fridge (also tricky to find...).

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Key Points

  • Game is now stocking the Xbox Series X

  • The best Xbox series X games to play right now

  • The best Xbox series X games to play right now

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Game has now sold out of stock

15:49 , Adam Smith

There are no more Xbox Series X consoles at the high-street retailer, unfortunately, but it’s possible it could get some more ahead of Black Friday - we’ll keep our fingers crossed!

The best tech deals for Black Friday 2021

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With November under way, Black Friday really is just around the corner. The day itself lands on 26 November this year, but retailers like to fire the starting gun early, so we could see some tech and gaming deals any day now.

The Indybest team will be here to help keep you updated on all of the best Black Friday tech deals from brands like Apple, Dyson and Samsung, plus deals from retailers including John Lewis & Partners, Currys, Argos, Amazon and even Aldi.The best gaming deals for Black Friday 2021

Black Friday is now upon us, with retailers already cutting prices ahead of the big day itself, which lands on 26 November for 2021. As ever, technology and gaming are hot topics, with discounts to be found on consoles, games, accessories and more. The IndyBest team will be with you every step of the way, highlighting the best deals from right across the web.

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. 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.Best TV Black Friday 2021 deals

Black Friday is synonymous with heavily discounted televisions. While the sight of shoppers brawling over a cheap Sony Bravia is thankfully a thing of the past, the very best Black Friday TV deals are still highly sought-after online.

Earlier in November, AO, Currys and Studio all kicked off their Black Friday celebrations early, heavily discounting some of their bestselling TVs by up to £500. Before Black Friday officially begins on 26 November, we’ve already found some eye-catching offers, which we’ve compiled in our guide to the best TV Black Friday deals.

Game has restocked the Xbox Series X

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The console is now available with a Series 2 wireless controller for just over £600 - but stock is expected to go quickly!

Need some new wireless earbuds?

13:49 , Adam Smith

Whether you’re a style-conscious pop lover, a fitness fan on a budget or a blasphemous earbud-wearing gamer, there’s something for everyone in our earbuds guide. Our top pick are the Sennheiser CX 400BT true wireless earbuds. Our reviewer said that they were a “top-notch” pair for those who don’t want to splash

The best Xbox series X games to play right now

13:48 , Adam Smith

Both the Xbox series X and the PlayStation 5 have endured a slow launch, with the global pandemic putting the brakes on 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 genuine next-gen experiences to be enjoyed already.

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

Read our review of the new Nintendo Switch OLED

13:06 , Adam Smith

If handheld gaming is more your thing then check out our review of the new Nintendo Switch OLED. The console features an OLED display for the first time, which is larger than before and produces punchier colours and deeper blacks. There’s also a redesigned kickstand and double the internal storage of its predecessor.

Our reviewer said of the £309.99 console: “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...this is absolutely the best version of the console yet.”

The best TVs for gaming on Xbox series X

12:36 , Adam Smith

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 more fancy effects at the expense of framerate.

If your TV only goes up to 1080p, 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.

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11:50 , Adam Smith

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Get the IndyBest newsletter and access to all of The Independent’s other newsletters now. You won’t regret it.

You can play Xbox games on your laptop

10:58 , Adam Smith

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? Well it’s basically 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.

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 Xbox anniversary museum

10:00 , Adam Smith

Xbox players were also treated this week to a special “anniversary museum”, giving them insight into their personal gaming history.

You can access the virtual museum by visiting this website, at which point you’ll be prompted to log in to your Xbox account.

You can explore most of the museum using a virtual avatar without logging in – taking in a number of 3D-rendered displays about the history of Xbox.

If you are logged into your account, however, there is an additional section which lists some of your achievements, such as your total cumulative number Gamerscore, and the rarest achievement you’ve earned.

How to buy an Xbox series X online

09:40 , Adam Smith

It’s all quiet on the Xbox front this morning, so let’s go over some things you can do right now to be ready when the next restock happens.

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

  • Ensure your correct payment details are saved in your browser on desktop, or on Google Pay or Apple Pay on your phone.

  • 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.

  • Sign up for a 30-day trial of Amazon Prime, in case the retailer makes its next Xbox drop a Prime-exclusive.

  • 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 or basket – 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.

  • Don’t buy a console on social media, these are always scams.

The Xbox series X headsets to look out for

09:17 , Adam Smith

The Xbox series X is often bundled with a gaming headset to bump up the price and stave off scalpers.

The console doesn’t come with its own headset ,but it’s compatible with all existing headsets for the Xbox One. The Xbox wireless controller (£54.99, Currys.co.uk) also has a headphone jack, so you can plug in your regular headphones to have game audio play through them rather than your TV, which is ideal if you’re sharing a room with somebody you don’t want to disturb.

If you need to upgrade or you don’t have your own headset yet, Microsoft sells the wireless Xbox series X headset separately (£89.99, Game.co.uk). Lots of third-party manufacturers make Xbox compatible headsets too. We’ve rounded up the best gaming headsets you can buy today.

Immerse yourself in play with one of the best gaming headsets

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

08:51 , Adam Smith

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

Good morning, Xbox hunters!

08:21 , Adam Smith

Welcome to Thursday Xbox stock tracking liveblog. Heya!

Today we’re tracking every UK retailer at once for any sign of Microsoft’s elusive black cuboid, to bring you live Xbox restock updates as they happen.

If you’re on the hunt for an Xbox on this bright and sunny morning, stick with us to be the first to know when the console drops. Ready? Let’s go.

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