More than a year after its launch, the shortage of the Xbox Series X is still relevant. Microsoft’s most recent console supplies have been constrained by production bottlenecks stemming from the global pandemic and despite the general availability of the Xbox All-Inclusive Xbox Access System – the official monthly payroll alternative to the payment of £449 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 the excessive 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 seems, it sells out in minutes when customers tap the available units as soon as they arrive.
That’s why we’ve launched our LiveBlog listing on Xbox stock tracking, where we follow every UK stockist at a time 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.
Which UK retailers stock the Xbox Series X?
Logging out of the live blog
We’ve reached the end of another quiet day of Xbox hunting here at IndyBest Towers. There was no online reuse to speak of, although we did at least see in-store availability on a handful of Game branches. Hopefully that’s a sign of the situation improving, and maybe we’ll see more consoles on shelves over 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, Series X is still available through the $28.99 per month Xbox All Access Program, through Smyths Toys.
Alistair CharltonFebruary 17, 2022 5:00 p.m.
Xbox Series X headsets to watch out for
The Xbox Series X often comes bundled with a gaming headset to increase the price and dissipate 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 to upgrade or don’t have your own headset yet, Microsoft is selling the Wireless X Series Xbox 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 gaming with these top gaming desks for Xbox, PS5, PC and more, available from Amazon, Argos and Currys.
Alistair CharltonFebruary 17, 2022 4:00 p.m.
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 play and a rich detailed story. If you’re as excited as we are to get your hands on the February 25 launch day game, 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 with our guide to the best pre-order deals and discounts, linked below.
Alistair CharltonFebruary 17, 2022 3:30 p.m.
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Alistair CharltonFebruary 17, 2022 3:00 p.m.
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 punchy colors and deeper blacks. There’s also a redesigned kickstand and doubles the internal storage of its predecessor.
Our reviewer said of the £309.99 console: “The larger display is fantastic and playing handheld mode games 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.
Some game stores have Series X stock right now
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. 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.
You can play Xbox games on your laptop
You don’t really need an Xbox Series X to play Xbox Series X games, 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 through your internet browser or 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.
What is the difference between Xbox Series X and Series S?
We’re heading into the end of the week with no new Xbox Series X 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 and the Top-of-The-Line Xbox Series X.
All old and new Xbox games will run on both consoles, although the less powerful S graphics quality is compounded from the overall graphics quality. 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: 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: Custom WD SSD 1TB, optional 1T
- Resolution: 4K at 60fps
Alistair CharltonFebruary 17, 2022 1:30 p.m.
Best TVs for Xbox Series X Gaming
To get the most out of Xbox Series X, you’ll need a 4K TV.
Many next-gen 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 allows for higher resolutions and more fancy effects at the expense of framerate.
If your TV only goes up to 1080p, you won’t get the most out of your new Xbox Series X. To help you upgrade your set without breaking the bank, we’ve put together a list of the best 4K TV deals for entertainment , movies and games.
Alistair CharltonFebruary 17, 2022 1:00 p.m.
The Best VPN for Xbox Series X
If you stream Netflix on your Xbox, a virtual private network allows you to spoise your location and access movies and TV shows not available in your country.
You can’t install a VPN directly on an Xbox Series X, but you can install it on your laptop and route your console’s internet connection through it. You can also install VPNs on routers to cover all your devices at once.
The best VPN for every type of device
The best VPN services on your iPhone, Firestick, Android and more in the UK for Netflix and Streaming, including ProtonVPN, ExpressVPN, NordvPN and Cyberghost
Alistair CharltonFebruary 17, 2022 12:30 p.m.
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