If you couldn’t find an Xbox Series X during Black Friday, one UK retailer is promising more stock in December – that is, for shoppers who are selected in a randomized ballot for the next-gen console. It’s a great chance to snag the console before Christmas, though, so don’t miss out.
Box.co.uk has told TechRadar it will get “second and third waves of both the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S UK stock on the 7th and 14th of December”. Given the rush that websites usually experience when new stock goes live, though, Box.co.uk is inviting shoppers to enter their email address into a ballot, with the winners randomly selected.
You’ll still have to pay for the Xbox Series X if your name is picked, of course, but it seems like a less stressful way to buy than frantically scanning every retailer or paying over the odds to scalpers.
If you are struggling to find Microsoft’s flagship console, keep our where to buy Xbox Series X and where to buy Xbox Series S guides bookmarked as we’re constantly updating them with the latest info.
So why has Box.co.uk chosen a ballot system? Well, the company says this “ensures a smoother transaction and stops customers from having to battle each other on a website put under an enormous amount of strain with huge volumes of traffic all trying to purchase the same product at one time.” It should also scupper bots from snagging stock quicker than any human could.
You’ll have a limited window to claim the Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S allotted to you, though – so be sure to keep your eye on your inbox in the coming weeks if you decide to enter the ballot.
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Xbox Series X console: enter the ballot at Box.co.uk
Want an Xbox Series X before Christmas? Enter this ballot. Stock doesn’t arrive until December 7 and December 14, but you can throw your hat in the ring now. View Deal
Xbox Series S console: enter the ballot at Box.co.uk
Try to nab the more affordable Xbox Series S console instead – or enter for both! There’s no disc drive or focus on 4K here – but it’s a still a powerful console that’s capable of many next-gen features. The compact size may make it more tempting for you too.View Deal
The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S are in high demand right now, and for good reason. The flagship Series X allows for native 4K gaming thanks to its powerful 12 teraflop processor, and it has a nifty new feature called Quick Resume feature that lets you jump from one game to another. We’ve written extensively about the Xbox Series X’s features in our Xbox Series X review – but the cheaper Xbox Series S is worthy of note too.
There are a few key differences between the two systems, though: the Xbox Series X has a 4K UHD Blu-ray drive that’s capable of playing physical games and movies while the Xbox Series S does not. The Xbox Series X also has a bigger 1TB SSD that can store, on average, around 16 games while the Xbox Series S only has a 512GB SSD that only stores around four to five; and while Xbox Series X renders games in native 4K at 60 frames-per-second, the Xbox Series S targets 1440p for most titles.
Xbox Series X accessory deals
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