the Xbox series X debuted in November 2020, but thanks to supply chain issues stemming from component shortages, Microsoft’s new console has been consistently sold out since its release. Last month UK retailers released thousands of consoles to meet consumer demand, with Very, Smyths Toys, Game, Argos, Asda and Amazon all selling the Xbox Series X in droves. New restocks slowed again in January, but you can still find a few places where Xbox spawns regularly.
When it appears, the Xbox Series X 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 track 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 where to look out, where Xbox might restock next, and how to register your interest in new consoles before they go on sale. .
Which UK retailers stock the Xbox Series X?
Xbox Series X Hard Drive is £20 off at Very
While we wait for more Xbox Series X inventory to materialize, why not consider increasing the available storage of your future console?
The Seagate 1TB Storage Expansion Card (£199.99, Very.co.uk) doubles the capacity of Xbox Series X. With download sizes ballooning and games like Microsoft Flight Simulator (£59.99, Very.co.uk) hogging up to 100GB of the Xbox’s built-in hard drive, it probably won’t be long before expansion drives become an essential purchase.
Steve HogartyJanuary 26, 2022 11:30 am
Is the Xbox Series X in stock at Amazon?
Amazon hasn’t shown much love for the Xbox Series X lately.
It’s been 22 days since Amazon last had Microsoft’s new console in stock, and even then the Xbox sold out. seconds. While Amazon requires PS5 buyers to have a Prime account before they can grab Sony’s console, there are no restrictions on who can buy an Xbox, meaning bots and automated scalpers can swoop in and store as much as they can. Legitimate buyers need to be especially quick.
Here are our top tips for securing the console:
- Be sure to use Amazon smile – a separate website that donates part of the cost of your purchase to a charity of your choice. Amazon Smile receives much less traffic than the regular Amazon website, so if there are any issues, Smile should perform better.
- Add the console to your wishlist and then add it to your cart – apparently people have found more success this way
Steve HogartyJanuary 26, 2022 10:40 am
What is Xbox All Access?
Xbox All Access is a payment plan that lets you spread the cost of Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S over two years. Rather than paying £449 for the console upfront, you pay 24 monthly installments of £28.99.
That includes two years of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, the game subscription service that lets you access over 100 games on demand, including the likes of Infinite Halo (£46.99, Currys.co.uk) and Forza Horizon 5 (£44.99, Currys.co.uk). Xbox Game Pass Ultimate usually costs £10.99 per month.
That equates to £712 worth of stuff for £695, meaning Xbox All Access is pretty good value for money.
Now all you have to do is find a stock Xbox. Stick with us and we’ll alert you as consoles become available.
Steve HogartyJanuary 26, 2022 10:16 am
Can we expect an Xbox restock at John Lewis?
The department store hasn’t had an Xbox restock in many, many months. But don’t lose faith: John Lewis & Partners is still selling next-gen consoles. It had the PlayStation 5 in stock at the end of December, so we’re expecting some movement on the Xbox Series X front shortly.
The retailer is an early bird, preferring to restock between 7am and 7:30am, so set your alarms.
Steve HogartyJanuary 26, 2022 9:50 a.m.
Where can you buy a PS5 today?
A small consolation for Xbox bigwigs is that their biggest rival is also facing some serious supply chain issues. The PlayStation 5 is in high demand but it’s a little easier to find on the shelves than the Xbox Series X.
We’ve got a good idea of which retailers are most likely to restock Sony’s next-gen, but you still need to be quick to grab one when they pop up.
Steve HogartyJanuary 26, 2022 9:17 a.m.
When will Smyths have the Xbox Series X in stock?
Smyths Toys is currently sold out on Xbox Series X, but may have more stock soon.
The retailer has yet to sell an Xbox this year. When Xbox is in stock online, Smyths is one of three retailers – with Game and Asda – to offer the Xbox All Access program, a paid alternative to buying the console at full price.
You pay £28.99 a month for 24 months, get Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and own the console at the end of the term. It’s good value for money, and it’s cheaper than buying the console and Game Pass Ultimate separately.
Steve HogartyJanuary 26, 2022 08:59
Will Amazon have Xbox Series X stock today?
Let’s review a few other retailers and gauge their chances of producing the goods this week.
Amazon – Chance of a restock? Fair. The ubiquitous mega-retailer hasn’t been able to muster a single Xbox Series X since January 4, but tends to never go more than a month without a drop. We suspect Amazon may restock this week or next.
Game – Chance of a restock? Thin to medium. Restocked the Xbox Series X earlier this week, so there’s probably nothing left in the chamber.
Tesco – Chance of a restock? Zilch, nada. The UK’s biggest retailer hasn’t had Xbox Series X stock since launch and doesn’t seem too concerned about restocking Microsoft’s next-gen console.
Steve HogartyJanuary 26, 2022 8:44 a.m.
Xbox series X is in stock at select Argos stores
Good news if you live in *check notes* Rugley.
Argos has the Xbox Series X in stock for £659.99, which comes with the Elite Wireless Controller and a copy of Forza Horizon 5.
It’s worth entering your zip code to check if the retailer has packages available closer to you.
Steve HogartyJanuary 26, 2022 8:35 a.m.
Hello Xbox Stock Trackers
Happy Wednesday and welcome to the Xbox Series X liveblog.
Today, we’ll walk you through all the places you can get an Xbox Series X as they become available. We’ll be tracking every major retailer’s movement and updating the live blog as soon as we hear of any stock drops and offering advice on how best to secure one.
Stick with us to be the first to checkout.
Steve HogartyJanuary 26, 2022 8:25 a.m.
Xbox Series X Liveblog, Signature
We have the good feeling that curries is a retailer to watch in the coming days as it has yet to have a restock in January.
We’ll be back early in the morning to bring you all the latest stock developments from all the other major retailers. See you later.
Pickering JasperJanuary 25, 2022 5:02 p.m.
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