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Here are all the details on how to get the next-gen console

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Update: Xbox Series X is still available through Xbox All Access and EE.

2022 is well underway and we’re still seeing a shortage of the Xbox series X, Microsoft’s next-gen gaming machine that looks like a refrigerator. The Xbox Series S is still readily available at many major retailers, but demand for its larger, more powerful counterpart hasn’t been so lucky.

The lead up to Christmas time has seen many retailers stocking the elusive console to meet high demand from the likes of Smyths Toys, Very, Game, Argos, Asda and Amazon selling them in large volume. Lots of people were lucky enough to get one just in time for Christmas and since then we’ve seen stock start to appear more gradually.

That’s why we started this live blog to keep everyone up to date with the latest stock market alerts as soon as they are made public. We’ll also bring you plenty of tips on how to checkout before the rest of the crowd and which sites to pay attention to. Stick with us for updates on Xbox Series X availability as well as any other tips.

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Which UK retailers stock the Xbox Series X?


Looking for a PS5? Follow our PS5 tracker for the latest developments

Microsoft isn’t the only company facing supply chain issues for its latest console. If you’ve been following, Sony’s PS5 also faced a number of stock issues.

Luckily, that’s why we’ve also been following the latest developments in PS5 restocks. The PS5 has seen a drop in consoles on PlayStation Direct today but sold out within minutes.

Pickering JasperJanuary 17, 2022 12:01


The Xbox Series X often comes bundled with a gaming headset to increase the price and ward off scalpers. Last week we saw eBuyer Drop the Xbox Series X with a Razer Kraken X launching for £506.99 for example.

The console does not normally 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.

Pickering JasperJanuary 17, 2022 11:42 am


Steam Deck: what we know about Valve’s new handheld

Looking for a portable gaming device that can play all your PC games? Valve’s Steam Deck will be a strong contender for your favorite portable machine.

There have been many obvious comparisons to the Nintendo Switch due to its form factor, but Valve’s promise of a powerful and portable PC gaming experience shouldn’t be dismissed on looks alone.

After numerous delays, the game’s publisher has confirmed that it is still on track for a revised February launch date in the UK, Europe and the US.

Pickering JasperJanuary 17, 2022 11:21 a.m.


Play ‘Rainbow Six Extraction’ via Xbox Game Pass Ultimate this week

Looking for a new game to play on your new Xbox? Rainbow Six Mining releases January 20 and will be available at launch to all game pass ultimate subscribers. The online tactical shooter is a spin-off of the popular title Rainbow Six Siege and take familiar characters through an alien invasion.

In order to learn more about the game, how to pre-order it or even let your friends try it out for free, read our buyer’s guide for more details.

Pickering JasperJanuary 17, 2022 11:01 am


The best Xbox Series X games you can play right now

Did you manage to pick up an Xbox last week? Take a look at our roundup of the best Xbox Series X games to decide what to play first.

The Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 had a slow launch as the global pandemic hampered the development of many new titles. You’ll notice that many of the best Xbox Series X games are upgraded and remastered versions of Xbox One Games, but there are already real next-gen experiences to be had.

Wondering what to play next? Here’s our list of the best Xbox Series X games of 2021, from Forza Horizon 4 to Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Pickering JasperJanuary 17, 2022 10:38


The best laptop in 2022 for gaming on the go

Did you know you can play Xbox games on PC through Game Pass Ultimate? If you’re looking for a new laptop for working from home or gaming on the go, then our roundup of the best laptops in 2022 has you covered.

At the top of that list is the XPS 15, Dell’s flagship model that deeply impressed our reviewer: “If you’re looking for a high-performance, productivity-focused Windows laptop with a spectacular next-gen display , the new Dell XPS 15 is the best you will find. It’s as close to perfect as laptops get.

daisy lesterJanuary 17, 2022 10:17 am


Are we likely to see an Argos restock this week?

Argos has regularly restocked the Xbox Series X on a monthly basis for the past few months, and like other retailers, they tend to move fast. We also saw three pre-Christmas restocks, so are we likely to see a similar trend in January?

The Xbox Series X was last in stock on January 13, so while that’s not unheard of, we think it might be more likely to show up at other major retailers before the end of the month.

Pickering JasperJanuary 17, 2022 10:01


Xbox All Access still available from Asda

Xbox All Access is also still available from Asda for those who qualify.

So what is Xbox All Access? It’s an alternative to paying full price for the console and allows you to spread the cost of the console over two years.

It costs £28.99 per month and includes 24 months of Game Pass Ultimate, the Netflix-style games-on-demand service that usually costs £10.99 when purchased separately.

That’s £713 worth of stuff for £696, so it’s good value for anyone looking for an Xbox Series X.

Pickering JasperJanuary 17, 2022 9:39 a.m.


All Xbox access is available at Smyths Toys

If you’re looking for an Xbox Series X and can finance it on a two-year plan, then Smyths Toys might have the deal for you.

With Xbox All Access, customers can get their hands on Xbox Series X and two years of Game Pass Ultimate for £28.99 a month.

Pickering JasperJanuary 17, 2022 9:13 a.m.


Xbox Series X stock available for EE customers

EE’s Xbox Series X Bundle is still available to new and existing customers. It includes 24 months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate which gives users access to over 100 titles for £31 per month and an initial cost of £10.

Pickering JasperJanuary 17, 2022 08:56

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