April 7 update: The Xbox the X series is in stock this morning at Microsoft. More expensive lots are in stock at curries and Argos. The Xbox All Access program is also available at EE, Asda and Smyths Toys. The console is sold out at Amazon, Very and Game.
If you thought the Xbox Series X out of stock was over, you might want to save that thought. Argos is the latest retailer to sell Microsoft’s latest console, although it still has stock of a more expensive bundle, which includes the premium elite controller and costs £639.99.
Argos joins Amazon, Very and Game in the list of retailers with Xbox-shaped holes on their shelves, suggesting that the global supply chain issues that have plagued the console throughout 2021 haven’t fully abated.
Xbox All Access is still hooked to Smyths Toys and Asda. The Klarna-backed funding program lets you spread the cost of the console over two years, meaning you can buy the new console from £28.99 a month with Xbox Game Pass included, giving you access to some of the best games the console has to offer.
If you’ve been putting off upgrading your Xbox One, now is a great time to upgrade to Microsoft’s most advanced console yet. We’ve already seen some big releases in the first free months of 2022, including Rainbow Six Mining, Dying Light 2, Tunic and Ring of Elden. and there are many other exciting titles just on the horizon, such as Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga.
Besides Xbox All Access, the best Xbox deal right now is at Microsoft, where you can grab the console without accessories or add-ons (£449.99, Microsoft.com). As always, the Xbox Series S is easier to find in stock (£249, Amazon.co.uk), and Smyths Toys currently offers the console that comes with Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga discounted (£269.99, Smythstoys.com).
Which UK retailers stock the Xbox Series X?
Can you upgrade the Xbox hard drive?
You can upgrade Xbox Series X storage with a simple plug-in accessory. The console comes with 1TB of built-in hard drive space. Some of that storage is taken up by system files, so you get a little less space than that.
The Seagate 1TB expansion card (£193, Amazon.co.uk) doubles the capacity of Xbox Series X, giving you plenty of room for downloaded games. If the thought of running out of space keeps you awake at night, this is a good opportunity to buy one.
With ballooning download sizes and games like Microsoft Flight Simulator (£44.99, Very.co.uk) hogging up to 100GB of the Xbox’s built-in hard drive, it probably won’t be long before expansion drives are a required accessory.
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 Microsoft Flight Simulator (£44.99, Very.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.
“The person who bought this needs to sign in” error on Xbox and how to fix it
Already have your Xbox Series X, but you’re getting an error saying “People who bought this needs to sign in”? Here’s what it means and how to fix it.
Error 0x82D40007 appears when your Xbox is unable to verify that you have permission to play a game owned by another user on Xbox. Typically, when a user profile purchases a game, it becomes available to all Xbox users, but switching between profiles or moving from your old Xbox One to your new Xbox Series X may disrupt Microsoft’s verification system and generate this error message even when the game owner is logged in.
To resolve this issue, make sure you have set Xbox Series X as your primary console. You will find the option under Settings -> Personalization. If you play on multiple consoles with family members, turn off the console that is displaying this error message and turn it back on. This should force Xbox to recheck permissions and should resolve this error message.
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 slightly degrades the visuals for smoother frame rates, while the latter mode allows for higher resolutions and fancier effects at the expense of frame rate.
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.
Does the Xbox Series X come with a headset?
The Xbox Series X 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 (£54.99, Currys.co.uk). Many third-party manufacturers also make Xbox-compatible headsets. We’ve rounded up the best gaming headsets you can buy today.
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