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Update: Microsoft and EE currently have inventory, as Smyths is selling out. Read on to find out how to buy the Xbox.

Launched in November 2020, the Xbox Series X has actually been sold at most UK retailers ever since. Even though hugely popular platform exclusives are coming in the form of Infinite Halo and Forza Horizon 5consumers are struggling to know where to find the Xbox series X in stock.

The cheaper, less advanced Xbox Series S is readily available, but supply chain bottlenecks coupled with growing demand have left Microsoft’s most powerful games console absent from retailers like Very, Smyths Toys, Game, Argos, Asda and Amazon. When it appears, the Xbox sells out within 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 follow 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 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.

Read more:

Which UK retailers stock the Xbox Series X?


How to Buy an Xbox Series X Online

While we wait for the next console restock, let’s go over some basic tips when it comes to securing a console. Preparation is the key to success, and there are plenty of things you can do right now to make sure you’re ready for the next restock.

  • Create an account and save your payment information at each of the retailers that stock Xbox Series X. They are listed in the main article above.
  • Are you a BT customer or do you know someone who is? Register your interest on the BT site to get exclusive access to BT’s next delivery
  • Download each retailer’s app (if it has one) and add Xbox Series X to your wishlist or “save for later” list
  • When the console drops, use the link in your wishlist to add the Xbox to your cart – this usually has a higher success rate than browsing the website
  • Note the package prices to ensure you get a good deal. In summary, the console itself is £450, controllers are £50, the official headset is £90 and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is £11 per month. The newly released game costs £60, but retailers usually bundle older games with the console
  • Pay-as-you-go Xbox All Access program is great value, as long as you don’t already have a Game Pass subscription

Alistair CharltonFebruary 9, 2022 9:10 a.m.



Hello and welcome to the Xbox Restock Live Blog – and we have some good news for you. The Xbox Series X is available to buy now on the Microsoft Store. It is also available through the Xbox All Access program at Asdabut the stock All Access to Smyths Toys sold out overnight.

Alistair CharltonFebruary 9, 2022 9:01 a.m.


Xbox inventory tracking, signing

And that’s all she wrote. Thanks for reading the live blog today.

While we’re reducing the tools, we still have Xbox consoles available on The official Microsoft store as well as in a handful of Smyths Toys branches in England. Enter your postal code to see if there is one near you. These aren’t available for delivery, so you’ll need to hop on a Megabus and go on a fun little adventure if you want to grab one of the last remaining consoles.

If you don’t feel like tying yourself to a 24 month contract, and if Microsoft is sold out, and if you don’t want to leave your house, you’re going to have to join us again tomorrow when we resume the hunt for Xbox Series X starts again.

Steve HogartyFebruary 8, 2022 5:30 p.m.


The Xbox series X is in stock at Microsoft

The official Microsoft store has restocked the Xbox Series X for the first time in months. You can buy the console for £449, with no contract or strings attached.

Steve HogartyFebruary 8, 2022 5:17 p.m.


The best VPN for Xbox

If you use your Xbox to watch Netflix or other streaming services, you might want to consider installing a VPN on your game console. A Virtual Private Network protects you online, blocks ad trackers and other malicious cookies, and lets you spoof your location to access TV shows and movies that aren’t normally available in your country.

The Xbox Series X doesn’t have native VPN support, but you can install a VPN on your router to anonymize all devices on your network at once. You can also route your Xbox’s internet traffic through your PC and install the VPN there. Be aware that it is against the terms of service of most streaming platforms to hide your true location.

To use a VPN with your Xbox series X without slowing it down, you need to make sure that the VPN you choose is fast and responsive enough to avoid lags and dropouts while playing online. To help you out, we’ve rounded up the best VPNs for torrenting, streaming, and gaming.

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

Steve HogartyFebruary 8, 2022 4:51 p.m.


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.

Steve HogartyFebruary 8, 2022 4:01 p.m.


You can play Xbox Series X games on a laptop

There are ways to play Xbox games that don’t involve owning an Xbox Series X.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can play a limited selection of Xbox games on their PC right now using Microsoft’s cloud streaming service.

You don’t even need a gaming PC, just a fairly fast internet connection. Xbox Cloud Gaming streams games from Microsoft’s servers to your laptop or phone, through your internet browser or the Xbox app. You’ll need 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.

Steve HogartyFebruary 8, 2022 3:11 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.

Steve HogartyFebruary 8, 2022 2:21 p.m.


Xbox All Access is still available from Asda

It looks like there are still Xbox All Access consoles available on Asda. For anyone who can afford to pay £28.99 a month for 24 months and can pass a Klarna credit check, this is a viable option to get your hands on the elusive Xbox Series X. interest and you can repay the full amount at any time without penalty.

With Xbox All Access you also get 24 months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate worth £10.99 per month, making it good value if you plan to use it to play exclusives Xbox such as Infinite Halo and Forza Horizon 5.

Steve HogartyFebruary 8, 2022 1:28 p.m.


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