We’re almost halfway through January 2022 and the Xbox Series X – which launched over a year ago in November 2020 – is still hard to buy in the UK, whether you’re looking online or in-store. Supply issues and a global shortage of semiconductors caused by the pandemic have slowed production of Microsoft’s game console.
But if you’re trying to track down an Xbox Series X today, don’t worry, because the IndyBest team is here to help. December was an exceptional month for restocking, with tastes of Smyths Toys, Very, Game, Argos, Asda and Amazon all restocking Xbox in droves. Since then, things have become calmer, but we expect more Xbox stock to appear soon.
That’s why we started this live blog to keep you up to date with the latest stock market alerts as soon as they are made public, and sometimes sooner. We will also bring you many tips to arrive at the checkout before everyone else. Stick with us for updates on Xbox Series X availability as well as any other tips.
Which UK retailers stock the Xbox Series X?
There are the differences between Xbox Series X and Series S
We’re moving into the end of the week with some 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 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 CharltonJanuary 14, 2022 4:01 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 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 CharltonJanuary 14, 2022 3:03 p.m.
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Alistair CharltonJanuary 14, 2022 2:03 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 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.
Alistair CharltonJanuary 14, 2022 1:02 p.m.
How to find the best discounts in the January sales
Alistair CharltonJanuary 14, 2022 12:01
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 CharltonJanuary 14, 2022 11:45 am
The Xbox Series X bundle is sold out at eBuyer
About an hour after landing on eBuyer, Xbox series X is out of stock again. The retailer restocked this morning with a set that included a Razer gaming headset, but the console quickly sold out.
We’re hoping for more restocks from other retailers soon, but there’s not much information to go on just yet.
Alistair CharltonJanuary 14, 2022 11:23 am
When did Very Last get Xbox Series X stock?
The Xbox Series X was last in stock at Very on December 14, when it went on sale alongside the PlayStation 5. Customers could choose from a number of optional bundles, including three months of Game Pass and an additional controller. We hope to have very fresh stock soon, but it is not yet known when the consoles could arrive.
Alistair CharltonJanuary 14, 2022 11:10 am
Does AO have Xbox Series X stock?
The Xbox Series X was last in stock at AO on December 30 as part of a bundle. The set included a charging station, an additional controller and a wireless gaming headset. Bundles tend to stay in stock longer as they are slightly more expensive and less appealing to scalpers as bundled props reduce their potential profit.
Alistair CharltonJanuary 14, 2022 10:42 am
Can you buy an Xbox from Microsoft?
Yes, but guess what? He’s worn out. Because of course it is. The Xbox Series X was last available on Microsoft UK online store 21st December. As always, consoles are picked up in minutes, so when they do come back, you’ll need to be quick.
Alistair CharltonJanuary 14, 2022 10:20 a.m.
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