The Xbox series X launched in 2020, but a pandemic-induced shortage of microchips coupled with bottlenecks in the supply chain have left Microsoft’s next-generation console out of stock for most of the year.
As last year drew to a close UK retailers released thousands of stockpiled consoles to meet consumer demand, with the likes of Very, Smyths Toys, Game, Argos, Asda and Amazon all selling the Xbox series X in droves. But January has been a far drier affair so far, with the console being sold out once again at most retailers.
When it does appear, the Xbox series X sells out in minutes as customers snap up the available units as soon as they arrive. That’s why we launched our Xbox stock tracking liveblog, where we track every UK retailer at once to bring you live stock alerts as they happen.
We’ll also bring you tips and advice for beating the crowds to bag an Xbox series X, including which sites to pay attention to, where the Xbox might be restocked next, and how to register your interest for new consoles before they go on sale.
Which UK retailers stock the Xbox series X?
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Steve Hogarty18 January 2022 12:26
Xbox series X stock available for EE customers
The Xbox series X bundle from EE is still available for new and existing customers. It includes 24 months of Xbox game pass ultimate which gives users access to over 100 titles for £31 a month and a £10 upfront cost.
Steve Hogarty18 January 2022 12:18
How to buy an Xbox series X online
While there are no more restocks to report on, let’s go over some of basic tips 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
Steve Hogarty18 January 2022 11:30
Does AO have any Xbox series X stock?
The Xbox series X was last in stock at AO on 30 December as part of a bundle. The bundle included a charging dock, extra controller and wireless gaming headset. Bundles tend to stay in stock longer as they’re slightly more expensive and less appealing to scalpers, as the bundled accessories eat into their potential profit.
Steve Hogarty18 January 2022 11:07
We’re expecting Game to drop the PS5 today
If you’re searching for Sony’s newest console this morning, well you’re in the wrong place. Pop over to our PS5 stock tracking liveblog for the latest news on the rival machine.
The PS5 is facing similar stock shortages to the Xbox series X, but we’re reporting on a looming restock at Game today. It’s all go over there.
Steve Hogarty18 January 2022 10:41
Where is the Xbox series S in stock?
Demand for the less powerful and more petite Xbox series S is much smaller and so the console is easy to find in stock pretty much everywhere.
Thing is, the Xbox series S is still a next-generation console, a brilliant games machine capable of playing all the same games as the Xbox series X. The console is backwards compatible with older Xbox games and has slightly lower grade components, meaning some of the fancier graphics options dialled down. It doesn’t have a disc drive either, so you can only play downloaded games. The hard drive is also half as big, so you need to redownload games more often.
Steve Hogarty18 January 2022 10:22
When did Argos last restock the Xbox series X?
The Xbox series X is sold out at Argos right now. Aside from a handful of in-store restocks at stores around the country, the retailer hasn’t had the Xbox on sale since just before Christmas.
We estimate Argos should receive another allocation by the end of the week.
When it appears back in stock, 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.
Steve Hogarty18 January 2022 10:02
Currys could restock today
We’re paying close attention to Currys this week, where we predict another Xbox restock could land soon.
It’s been three weeks since Currys last had the Xbox in stock. The retailer rarely goes more than four without dropping consoles, though it usually bundles them with the Seagate 1TB expansion card (£198.63, Amazon.co.uk) or elite wireless controller (£149.99, Currys.co.uk).
We’ll alert you as soon as we get a whiff of a console.
Steve Hogarty18 January 2022 09:40
The Xbox series X is in stock at Very
Very just restocked the Xbox series X. The retailer operates a waiting room system to control customer numbers and prevent overwhelming the site. Once you’re in the queue, don’t refresh the page or open more than one browser window.
Be patient, it can take anything from minutes to hours to reach the front of the line.
Steve Hogarty18 January 2022 09:16
Can you buy an Xbox on the high street?
It’s technically possible to walk into a shop and pick up an Xbox series X, though it’s rare to find one out in the wild. There’s a steady drip feed of consoles online, and when they show up in a brick-and-mortar shop they’ve usually been pre-ordered for click and collect.
If you’d like a nice big walk anyway, your best bet is to try your local branches of Game and Smyths Toys, as these retailers sometimes have consoles on their shelves. But these in-store restocks are often very small and sell out quickly, usually within hours.
Steve Hogarty18 January 2022 09:01
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