Xbox series X UK stock - live: Who could restock the console before Black Friday?

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The Xbox series X launched 12 months ago, yet Microsoft’s next-generation console is still very difficult to find in stock anywhere in the UK. The ongoing supply chain crisis has slowed the production of the newest Xbox to a crawl, leaving gaming fans in the UK wondering where to buy one – and if they’ll find one in time for Christmas.

The cheaper and less powerful Xbox series S is easier to find in stock, but 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.

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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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Check stock from UK Xbox series X retailers below:

Key Points

  • How to buy an Xbox series X online

  • The best Xbox series X games to play right now

  • Amazon quickly sold out of stock

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Need some new wireless earbuds?

12:55 , Adam Smith

Earbuds might not be great for gaming, but that doesn’t stop us from using them while playing a bit of Fortnite. We’ve tested a range of the latest models in our review of the best wireless earbuds, primarily focusing on audio quality, but also checking out the various features and styles currently on the market.

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.

You can play Xbox games on your laptop

12:32 , 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 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.

Read our review of the new Nintendo Switch OLED

12:30 , 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 Xbox series X headsets to look out for

12:00 , 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

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The best VPN for the Xbox series X

11:00 , Adam Smith

If you stream Netflix on your Xbox, a virtual private network allows you to spoof your location and access movies and TV shows not normally available in your country.

You can’t install a VPN directly to an Xbox series X, but you can install one on your laptop and route your console’s internet connection through that. You can also install some VPNs on routers to cover all of your devices in one go.

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.

Amazon’s stocking was real - but packed

10:35 , Adam Smith

Confirmed! At least one person managed to get an Xbox Series X from Amazon. It was real! There is hope!

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

10:30 , 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

Amazon’s Xbox Series X are no more

10:25 , Adam Smith

If there were any Xbox Series X consoles, they are now sold out with Amazon resuming its regular programming: “Currently unavailable”.

Xbox Series X stocked in Amazon?

10:11 , Adam Smith

The Xbox Series X and Back 4 Blood game are available in a deal on Amazon - sort of.

While the console can seemingly be added to the basket, it immediately shows an error message when hitting the button.

It’s unclear if this is a bug on Amazon’s side, or if people are just immediately buying the console. If you do manage to get one, tweet me, let me know!

Possible Amazon stocking?

10:03 , Adam Smith

We just got an alert that Amazon had the Xbox Series X in stock, but checking the posting it seems immediately unavailable?

It’s unclear whether this is a false flag or if something will drop soon, but we’ll keep you up to date if anything changes.

How to buy an Xbox series X online

10:00 , 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 best Xbox series X games to play right now

09:00 , 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

Good morning, Xbox hunters!

08:22 , Adam Smith

Welcome to Wednesday’s 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 dark and cold morning, stick with us to be the first to know when the console drops. Ready? Let’s go.

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