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Update: The Xbox series X is available at Game via Xbox All Access. Read on for more details.
The Xbox series X is almost one year old, but since launching has been consistently sold out everywhere in the UK. A global shortage of microprocessors, combined with collapsing supply chains at home and abroad, has slowed production of Microsoft’s newest Xbox to a crawl.
The cheaper and less powerful Xbox series S is easier to find online, but the more advanced Xbox series X sells out within minutes or even seconds of new stock appearing. Knowing where the Xbox will be restocked next is key to getting hold of one.
If you’re wondering where to buy an Xbox series X in the UK today, our stock tracking liveblog is here to help. We’ll update you with the latest stock drops as soon as they happen, as well as any news on predicted restock dates and milestone events.
Check stock from UK Xbox series X retailers below:
The best VPN for the Xbox series X
If you watch movies and TV shows on your Xbox, a virtual private network allows you to spoof your location and access content not normally available in your country.
If your internet access is restricted somehow – maybe you’re playing Call of Duty at work or at college – a VPN can disguise your web traffic to bypass firewalls.
You can’t install a VPN directly to an Xbox series X, but you can install one on your laptop and route your console’s internet connection through that.
The best VPN services on your iPhone, Firestick, Android and more in the UK for Netflix and streaming, including ProtonVPN, ExpressVPN, NordVPN and CyberGhost
How to buy an Xbox series X in store
Lately, more retailers have opted to restock the Xbox in store rather than online. This helps avoid scalpers and get the console into the hands of legitimate customers.
Keeping track of the stock situation in physical shops is tricky, but not impossible. We rely on tips from shoppers, reports from Twitter, and intel from our shady network of spies embedded in every brick-and-mortar shop in the country.
Here are some tips for finding the Xbox series X in stock out there in the wild:
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You play a wandering nomad, zooming across a vast desert on your hoverbike in search of mysteries and ancient ruins and all manner of fascinating stuff.
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Can you pre-order the ‘Halo Infinite’ bundle at the Microsoft Store?
The Halo Infinite limited edition Xbox series X launches on 15 November. While it’s absolutely sold out now, there have only been two places you can pre-order the console, Game and the Microsoft Store.
Pre-orders for the limited edition Xbox opened on 25 August and were snapped up in 20 minutes flat.
Game teased us by tinkering with their Halo Infinite Xbox series X product page yesterday evening, momentarily listing it as in stock before any stock was available.
Smyths Toys is selling the Xbox series X
Smyths Toys is selling the Xbox series X via the Xbox All Access programme.
To recap: with Xbox All Access you pay for the console in 24 monthly instalments of £28.99 rather than paying £449 up front.
This includes two years of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, the games subscription service allowing you to access more than 100 games on demand.
Game is also still selling the Xbox series X via Xbox All Access.
Who else might restock the Xbox today?
While Game continues to stock Xbox All Access online, several other retailers are poised to drop more Xbox stock today.
We’ve got our sights set on Currys PC World. The retailer hasn’t restocked the Xbox series X since 7 September. That’s over two and a half weeks ago and the longest the retailer’s gone without restocking since early August.
Does Xbox All Access charge interest?
Is Xbox All Access interest-free?
Yes. Xbox All Access is an interest-free credit agreement between you and the buy-now-pay-later service Klarna. There are no service charges and the cost includes the console itself and 24 month subscription to Game Pass Ultimate, the Netflix style library of over 100 games.
Can you pay off Xbox All Access early?
Yes. You can make early repayments or pay off the remaining balance at any time for no extra fee.
What happens if I stop paying Xbox All Access?
The same thing that happens if you default on any loan. You’ll be in trouble with Klarna’s debt collectors and your credit score will take a big hit. Your Xbox account could be suspended and your console taken as collateral, and you’ll start racking up interest and other late payment charges.
Make sure you’re in a position to make the payments comfortably – especially considering the unpredictable age we’re living in.
How does Xbox All Access work?
When Game restocks the Xbox, it’s often through the Xbox All Access programme, which isn’t very well signposted on the Xbox product page.
Clicking the “buy new” button returns an “out of stock” message. Click “learn more” instead.
So how does Xbox All Access work?
Rather than pay £449 for the console in one go, you pay 24 monthly instalments of £28.99. This includes two years of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, the games subscription service allowing you to access more than 100 games on demand.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate usually costs £10.99 per month alone, which makes Xbox All Access slightly cheaper than buying the console and Game Pass Ultimate separately.
Xbox All Access requires passing a credit check with Klarna, the buy-now-pay-later service.
Xbox All Access is in stock at Game
Game is currently selling the Xbox series X through the Xbox All Access programme, a scheme that lets you spread the cost of the Xbox over two years.
A quick note: at the time of writing we are able to reserve a console at Game for 20 minutes and begin the Klarna credit check process. Many readers have been in touch to say that the Xbox is sold out by the time they click through, or once their credit check is completed.
We’ll do our best to keep you updated on availability if it changes.
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