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UPDATE: An Xbox series X bundle with Fifa 22 and the Elite series 2 controller is now available at Currys, and in-store restocks have been happening at Game.
Almost a full year since launching, the Xbox series X remains sold out across all UK retailers. As is the case with so many other high-end electronics, global chip production shortages have effectively halted production of Microsoft’s next-generation console, leaving shoppers in the UK wondering where to buy the new Xbox.
When it does appear in stock, online shoppers are quick to react and the Xbox series X sells out within minutes, sometimes seconds. Knowing when and where the Xbox will restock next is key to grabbing one in time.
That’s why we’ve launched our Xbox stock alerts liveblog. If you’re wondering where to buy an Xbox series X in the UK today, we’re here to help. Below, we’ll update you with the latest live restock updates as soon as they happen, as well as any news on predicted restock dates, new games and accessories and milestone events.
Check stock from UK Xbox series X retailers below:
How to check for in-store Xbox stock at Game
As well as visiting your local Game or giving them a call, you can check for Xbox series X stock on Twitter too. Each Game shop has a Twitter account, which they use fairly regularly to announce in-store restocks of Xbox and PS5 consoles. Helpfully, they also say when stock has run out to save you a wasted journey.
You can view the tweets of all Game branches on this Twitter list; keep an eye on it and you should see when an Xbox restock happens at your local store. Some let customers call up to reserve a console, while others insist that you can only reserve and purchase one in person.
Xbox in-store restocks at Game
Yesterday we saw a lot of Game stores announce small Xbox series X restocks. They were sold on a first come, first served basis and stock disappeared quickly, but it’s great to see the consoles are finally available on the high street. It’s worth popping into your local Game store or giving them a call to see if they expect to receive Xbox stock today, or later in the week.
We’ll be keeping an eye out for in-store Xbox stock and post on this blog about any available consoles. Good luck!
Good morning Xbox hunters, and welcome back to the live restock blog! We already have some exciting news to share today – the bundle that dropped at Currys yesterday afternoon is still available. Yeah, we know. We’re just as shocked as you are. It’s a little pricey, we admit, as it includes Fifa 22, a three-month Game Pass Ultimate subscription and the Elite series 2 wireless controller. But as a £679 package it’s still a good deal.
What else can you expect today? We’re still hopeful for October restocks from Very and Smyths. And we also hope to see more in-store stock at branches of Game today too.
Live blog signing off
What a busy day that was! At least by Xbox series X restock standards, anyway. We saw a restock at EE this morning, followed by numerous Game shops receiving consoles and quickly selling out – proof that buying a series X on the high street is just as tricky as it is online.
Then the highlight of the day came mid-afternoon, when Game opened pre-orders on over 20 bundles featuring the Halo Infinite edition of the Xbox series X. We haven’t seen these pre-orders since August, so it was a big deal. And, naturally, everything sold out in under 20 minutes. After this, Currys restocked a bundle with the Xbox series X, Fifa 22 and three months of Game Pass Ultimate for £679.
Still, so much activity brings renewed hope that the Xbox series X might – might – just becoming easier to get hold of as we head towards Christmas.
As for tomorrow and the rest of the week, we’re still hopeful for online restocks from Very, Currys and Smyths.
Xbox series X ‘Fifa 22’ bundle lands at Currys
Currys is rounding out a busy day of Xbox series X restocks with a Fifa 22 bundle. Priced at £679, the bundle includes the console, Fifa 22, the Elite series 2 wireless controller, and a three-month subscription to Game Pass Ultimate.
What’s the difference between Xbox series X and series S?
As we wait (and wait) for the next Xbox restock, it’s time to remind ourselves on the key differences between the series X and series S. Other than how the latter is available to buy, of course.
There are two next-gen Xboxes, the less powerful Xbox series S and the top-of-the-range Xbox series X.
All Xbox games old and new will run on both consoles, though on the less powerful Xbox series S the overall graphics quality will be dialled down. The Xbox series S does not have a 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 and costs just £249 (Amazon.co.uk).
Here are the details, if you’re into comparing teraflops.
Xbox series S specs:
Xbox series X specs:
Xbox series X Halo Infinite edition sells out in minutes
Well, that was quick. According to our stopwatch it took less than 20 minutes for Game to run out of Halo Infinite edition pre-orders. The website showed over 20 bundles to pick from, including the Halo-themed Xbox series X on its own, but there’s no telling how many (or how few) of each the retailer actually had available. If you were quick enough to get one ordered then it should be with you on 15 November.
Xbox series X Halo Infinite Edition pre-orders open at Game
Game has just opened pre-orders for the Xbox series X Halo Infinite edition. There are over 20 different bundles to pick from, with the cheapest being the console itself, with Halo Infinite and a three-month subscription to Game Pass for £512.98. The Halo-themed console is also offered on its own, without the game, for £479.99.
This is big news for Xbox fans, as we haven’t seen this version of the console available to order since 25 August.
The special edition console and all bundles offered by Game today will be released on 15 November.
How to buy an Xbox series X online
While we wait for the next restock, let’s go over some of the basic tips when it comes to securing a console. Preparation is key to success, and there are a bunch of things you can do right now to ensure you’re ready when the next restock happens.
Even more Game stores receive Xbox stock
It’s been a busy day for in-store restocks at Game, and now we’ve seen further Xbox series X stock, available right now, at the following branches:
Stock also arrived at the Game stores in Maidstone and Guildford House of Fraser earlier today, but both have now sold out.
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