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We expect major restocks at UK retailers any minute now

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Update: Xbox series X is in stock at Game, Smyths Toys and Asda through Xbox All Access. Read on for more details.

More than a year after its launch, the shortage of the Xbox Series X is still relevant. Supply of Microsoft’s latest console has been limited by production bottlenecks resulting from the global pandemic, and despite the general availability of the all-inclusive Xbox All Access program – the official monthly payment alternative to the $449 payment £ for the console – the console itself is tricky to find in stock in the UK.

The cheaper and less advanced Xbox Series S is easier to find in stock (£247.80, Amazon.co.uk), but growing demand for the more powerful Xbox has left the console sold out on sites like Very, Smyths Toys, Game, Argos, Asda and Amazon. When the Xbox Series X appears, it sells out in minutes as customers pick up available units as soon as they arrive.

That’s why we’ve launched our Xbox Stock Tracker live blog, where we follow all UK retailers at once to bring you live stock alerts as they happen.

We’ll also bring you tips and advice for beating the crowds to buy an Xbox Series X, including sites to pay attention to, Xbox accessory deals and discounts, and how to register your interest in new consoles before they go live. on sale.

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Which UK retailers stock the Xbox Series X?

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Xbox All Access available from Asda

Asda still has Xbox Series X bundles available, not on their own, but through the all-inclusive Xbox All Access program. You get the console and hundreds of games by paying for the console in monthly installments.

If you’re happy to pay £28.99 a month for 24 months and can pass their credit checks, Xbox All Access is pretty good value for money. As well as a brand new Xbox Series X, you’ll also get full access to Game Pass Ultimate which normally costs £10.99 per month.

Steve HogartyFebruary 18, 2022 09:00

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Follow live Xbox alerts

Hello Xbox hunters and welcome to Friday’s Xbox inventory tracking liveblog.

We’re scanning the retail horizon for the first sign of Microsoft’s console indefinitely out of stock, to bring you live stock alerts as soon as Xbox pops up and give you the best chance of snagging one before everything else. world.

Currently? Xbox Series X is in stock at Gamedelivered with Forza Horizon 5 for £499.

Steve HogartyFebruary 18, 2022 8:45 a.m.

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Logging out of the live blog

We’ve reached the end of another quiet day of Xbox hunting here at IndyBest Towers. There has been no online restock to speak of, although we have at least seen some in-store availability in a handful of Game branches. Hopefully this is a sign of things getting better, and maybe we’ll see more consoles on the shelves for the rest of February. Smyths Toys also offered a few consoles today, but they sold out very quickly.

For those who prefer to pay monthly for their Xbox, the Series X is still available through the Xbox All Access program at £28.99 per month, via Smyths Toys.

Alistair CharltonFebruary 17, 2022 5:00 p.m.

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Xbox Series X headsets to watch out for

The Xbox Series X often comes bundled with a gaming headset to increase the price and ward off scalpers.

The console does not come with its own headset, but it is 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 played through them rather than your TV, which is great if you’re sharing a room with someone you don’t don’t want to disturb.

If you need an upgrade or don’t have your own headset yet, Microsoft is selling the Xbox Series X Wireless Headset separately (£89.99, Game.co.uk). Many third-party manufacturers also make Xbox-compatible headsets. We’ve rounded up the best gaming headsets you can buy today.

Immerse yourself in the game with these best gaming headsets for Xbox, PS5, PC and more, available from Amazon, Argos and Currys.

Alistair CharltonFebruary 17, 2022 4:00 p.m.

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The best Elden Ring pre-order offers

Ring of Elden is one of the most anticipated games of 2022 so far, thanks to its promise of open-world gameplay and a rich, detailed storyline. If you’re as eager as we are to get your hands on the game when it launches on February 25, you’ll want to know all about the best pre-order deals.

What you buy Ring of Elden for Xbox series X, PS5, PS4, or PC, we’ve got you covered in our guide to the best pre-order deals and discounts, linked below.

Alistair CharltonFebruary 17, 2022 3:30 p.m.

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Register for the Indy

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Did we help you get an Xbox? Want more shopping information? Why not sign up for the free IndyBest newsletter, where you can get access to the best deals and recaps of the week’s must-haves as chosen by IndyBest experts.

Dropping into your inbox every Friday morning, the handy summary features elements of our professionally proven reviews in the field – helping you make the most informed choice with your hard-earned cash.

Alistair CharltonFebruary 17, 2022 3:00 p.m.

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Read our review of the new Nintendo Switch OLED

If handheld gaming is more your thing, 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 more vivid colors 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 bigger screen 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 rocker on the back of the original Switch again…it’s absolutely the best version of the console yet.

Alistair CharltonFebruary 17, 2022 2:30 p.m.

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Some game stores currently have stock of Series X

We have just noticed that several branches of Game have handfuls of stock Xbox Series X on their shelves right now. As always, these are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are limited to one per customer. The consoles are available at the following stores:

  • Ashford: two consoles
  • Rhyl: “A Couple”
  • Trowbridge: “very limited numbers”
  • Carmarthen: ‘In stock’
  • Birkenhead: ‘In Stock’
  • Staines: “Very limited stock”
  • Corby: “Extremely limited stock”
  • Shrewsbury: ‘Very limited’
  • Chesterfield: “Extremely limited stock”
  • Clacton-on-Sea: “Very limited stock”
  • Dundee: In stock
  • Long Eaton: A console (good luck…)
  • Harringay: In stock
  • Deepdale: “Very limited”
  • Romford: In stock

Alistair CharltonFebruary 17, 2022 2:26 p.m.

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You can play Xbox games on your laptop

You don’t actually need an Xbox Series X to play Xbox Series X games, just a fairly fast internet connection and a compatible streaming device.

Xbox Cloud Gaming streams games from Microsoft’s servers to your console, laptop or phone, through 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 you control, which means you can jump into new games with the press of a button rather than waiting for an install.

Cloud games require an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription (£32.99, Argos.com), which unlocks on-demand access to over 100 games. Fortunately, 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 2022.

Alistair CharltonFebruary 17, 2022 2:00 p.m.

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What is the difference between Xbox Series X and Series S?

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We’re moving into the end of the week with no further Xbox Series X stock drops in sight. So let’s go back to the basics. Know your enemy and all that.

There are two next-gen Xboxes, the less powerful Xbox Series S and the high-end Xbox Series X.

All Xbox games old and new will work on both consoles, although on the less powerful Xbox Series S the overall graphics quality will be reduced. The Xbox Series S has no 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 much cheaper, costing just £249 (Amazon.co.uk).

Here are the details, if you want to compare teraflops.

  • CPU: Custom 8-core Zen 2 processor
  • GPUs: 4 TFLOPS, 20 CUS
  • Memory: 10 GB GDDR6
  • Storage room: 512 GB SSD
  • Resolution: 1440p at 60fps
  • CPU: AMD 8 core Zen 2 at 3.8 GHz
  • GPUs: 12TFLOPS, 52 CPU at 1.825 GHz
  • Memory: 16 GB GDDR6
  • Storage room: Custom WD SSD 1TB, optional 1T
  • Resolution: 4K at 60fps

Alistair CharltonFebruary 17, 2022 1:30 p.m.

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