The Xbox series X launched in late 2020, but bottlenecks in production coupled with huge consumer demand has seen Microsoft’s newest console consistently out of stock since release.
At the end of last year, shoppers were treated to a wave of restocks from Very, Smyths Toys, Game, Argos, Asda and Amazon. Since then the supply of new consoles has slowed to a trickle. When the Xbox series X does appear, it sells out in minutes as customers snap up the available units as soon as they arrive.
That’s why we launched our Xbox stock tracking liveblog, where we track every UK retailer at once to bring you live stock alerts as they happen. We’ll also bring you tips and advice for beating the crowds to bag an Xbox series X, including which sites to pay attention to, deals and discounts on Xbox accessories, and how to register your interest for new consoles before they go on sale.
Which UK retailers stock the Xbox series X?
Hunting for a PS5 today?
If there’s any consolation for Xbox, it’s that Sony is suffering with the same supply issues dogging all high-end electronics right now.
If you’re searching a PS5 today, you might want to pop over to our PS5 stock tracking liveblog for a quick nose around. Several major retailers are expected to drop new consoles shortly, and we’re bringing you the latest news on where to expect the PS5 next.
Steve Hogarty27 January 2022 10:22
Can you buy an Xbox on the high street?
It’s technically possible to walk into a shop and pick up an Xbox series X, though it’s rare to find one out in the wild. There’s a drip feed of consoles that get sold online, and when they’re somewhere physical they’re usually pre-ordered only for click and collect.
If you’d like a nice big walk anyway, your best bet is to try your local branches of Game and Smyths Toys, as these retailers sometimes have consoles on their shelves. But these in-store restocks are often very small and sell out quickly, usually within hours.
Game stores each have a Twitter account, which they use to promote the arrival of Xbox stock. This Twitter list is a great way to keep an eye on all Game store Twitter accounts. Meanwhile, the Smyths website has a tool for checking on console stock levels at all of its UK stores.
Steve Hogarty27 January 2022 10:01
Where is the Xbox series S in stock?
As fans clamour to get their hands on the most advanced member of the Xbox family, demand for the less powerful Xbox series S is smaller and so the console is easy to find in stock pretty much everywhere.
The Xbox series S is a brilliant games machine however, and a viable alternative to the more expensive Xbox series X. The console is backwards compatible and runs the same next-generation Xbox games, but with some of the fancier graphics options dialled down. It doesn’t have a disc drive, so you can only play downloaded games. The hard drive is also half as big.
Steve Hogarty27 January 2022 09:44
Xbox All Access is still available from Asda
It looks like there is still some Xbox All Access consoles available from Asda. For anyone who can afford to pay £28.99 per month for 24 months, and can pass a Klarna credit check, it’s a viable option to get your hands on the elusive Xbox series X. The programme is interest-free and you can pay off 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 the deal good value if you plan on using it to play Xbox exclusives such as Halo Infinite and Forza Horizon 5.
Steve Hogarty27 January 2022 09:29
What’s happening with Amazon’s Xbox series X stock?
Aside from a small restock in early January, Amazon has been missing the Xbox series X since late last year. Just before Christmas the retailer treated shoppers to an enormous restock – the biggest and longest-lasting we’ve seen at Amazon since launch – which suggests that the well has run dry.
The world’s largest online retailer is predicted to have new PS5 stock arriving this week, so we’re hoping that fresh Xbox stock will follow.
If you can’t wait until then, Amazon currently has the less powerful Xbox series S in stock (£249, Amazon.co.uk).
Steve Hogarty27 January 2022 09:10
Can you buy an Xbox series X at Game right now?
The Xbox series X is currently sold out at Game. The retailer did have lots of stock available on Tuesday, which suggests we’ll be waiting another couple of weeks before it appears on the shelves again..
That said, Game’s approach to restocking is hectic, with lots of repeated drops in quick succession and dozens of very similar bundles to choose from, so we’re keeping an eye on the retailer this morning.
Steve Hogarty27 January 2022 08:55
Where is the Xbox series X in stock?
The Xbox series X is effectively sold out everywhere in the UK right now.
However, you can have the console added to your phone plan if you’re an EE customer. For a £10 upfront cost and £31 per month you get the console along with membership to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, the Netflix-style library of more than 100 games. That usually costs £10.99 per month.
Steve Hogarty27 January 2022 08:41
Xbox stock trackers, activate
Good morning! Welcome to Thursday’s Xbox series X stock tracking liveblog.
If you’re on the hunt for an Xbox today, we’ve got your back. We’re scanning the retail horizon for any available stock, to bring you live alerts as soon as Microsoft’s newest console appears.
That way, you’ve got the best chance of bagging one before it sells out again.
Steve Hogarty27 January 2022 08:25
Xbox stock trackers, signing off
That’s all from us for another day, thank you for reading the Xbox series X stock tracking liveblog.
There were vanishingly few consoles to report on, but we can confidently say that we didn’t miss any. There simply aren’t many consoles around. Besides a handful of Xboxes scattered around random Argos stores up and down the country, we were left wanting.
But each passing day brings us closer to the next restock. To be the first to know when it happens, join us again tomorrow when we’ll be resuming the search.
Steve Hogarty26 January 2022 17:09
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 fast enough internet connection. Xbox Cloud Gaming streams games from Microsoft’s servers to your laptop or phone, via your internet browser or the Xbox app. You’ll need a membership to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (£32.99, Argos.co.uk), which unlocks on-demand access to more than 100 games.
Thankfully, 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 Hogarty26 January 2022 16:28
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