Xbox series X stock UK – live: Very restock could drop this week – how to get a console

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The Xbox series X is still incredibly difficult to buy, despite launching all the way back in November 2020. Delays in the manufacturing process and a worldwide shortage of microchips have brought production of Microsoft’s next-generation console to a juddering halt.

While it’s easier to find the cheaper but less powerful Xbox series S in stock, the more powerful Xbox series X sells out as quickly as new stock appears. Knowing when the Xbox will be restocked is key to grabbing one before everybody else does.

If you’re wondering where you can buy an Xbox series X in the UK today, or when the Xbox will be back in stock, this stock tracking liveblog is here to help. We’ll alert you to the latest stock drops as soon as they happen, as well as any news on predicted restock dates, new games and accessories, and milestone events.

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  • When will Smyths have the Xbox series X in stock?
  • When did Argos last restock the Xbox series X?

There’s movement at Currys

14:58 , Steve Hogarty

As we predicted earlier today, Currys appears set to restock the Xbox series X shortly.

The retailer has just published a brand new listing for an Xbox series X bundle costing £679, and includes the console, three months of Game Pass Ultimate and the official Seagate storage expansion card.

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Confusingly, while the listing is visible in search results there seems to be no stock available to buy just yet. Currys might still be in the process of update the site, so stay poised and ready to pounce.

Install the Currys app and make sure you’re logged in and ready to go.

Check out our review of the Nintendo Switch OLED

14:20 , Steve Hogarty

The newly redesigned Nintendo Switch OLED launches tomorrow and features a massively improved screen that’s bright, vivid and swimming in colour. It’s the premium Switch model we’ve all been waiting for.

If you’re about ready to hang up your Xbox hunting hat and admit defeat, there’s no better consolation prize.

Buy now £309.99, Amazon.co.uk

We’ve been playing around with the new handheld all week to see if it’s worth the upgrade. Go ahead and read our full review if you’re interested.

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Check out some Black Friday 2021 tech deals

13:28 , Steve Hogarty

You’re unlikely to find a discounted Xbox series X in there, but if you head on over to our Black Friday tech deals guide you can browse our hand-picked deals on the best tech, gadgets and gaming gear from Amazon, John Lewis & Partners, Currys, and Argos.

Black Friday starts earlier each year, with retailers cutting prices far in advance of the big day itself. We’ll be adding new deals as they appear in the run up to the annual shopping event, so check back for updates as Black Friday approaches.

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There are two ‘Halo Infinite’ Xbox controllers

11:05 , Steve Hogarty © Provided by The Independent (Microsoft)

Microsoft’s hidden passion is designing limited edition Xbox controllers. There’s a good chance that Microsoft launched the Xbox simply so it could produce thousands and thousands of limited edition Xbox controllers.

Halo Infinite is the biggest Xbox series X game yet, so naturally it gets two whole limited edition controllers. There’s a standard, black Halo Infinite themed controller, which comes bundled with the new Halo Infinite themed Xbox series X.

But there’s also a new elite controller (pictured above) themed around Master Chief’s iconic green armour. The elite controller launches 15 November – Halo Infinite’s intended release date before it slipped to 8 December – and can be pre-ordered from the Microsoft Store when stock is available.

(Can you guess if stock is available? That’s right, it’s sold out.)

Here are your basic Xbox series X controller options, setting aside the tidal wave of other limited edition pads sloshing around out there.

  • Xbox wireless controller: From £49.99, Amazon.co.uk
  • Xbox elite wireless controller series 2: £159.99, Argos.co.uk
  • Xbox elite wireless controller series 2 – Halo Infinite limited edition: £179.99, Xbox.com

4gadgets is now sold out of Xbox All Access

10:39 , Steve Hogarty

4gadgets is no longer taking new applications for the Xbox All Access programme, the pay monthly alternative to buying the console at full price. The online store had the scheme in stock earlier this morning.

There are only three retailers in the UK that offer the Xbox series X through this special interest-free credit scheme. They are Smyths Toys, Game and 4gadgets.

All three have partnered with Microsoft to enable shoppers to spread the cost of the console over two years, and as supplies of the Xbox run dry, all three have prioritised selling Xbox All Access deals rather than standalone consoles.

Is the Xbox series X in stock at Currys?

10:14 , Steve Hogarty

The Xbox series X is not in stock at Currys.

Currys – the high-street electronics retailer dropped the “PC World” in its big, bold brand refresh – has now gone exactly one month without restocking the Xbox series X.

We’re in uncharted territory here. Currys has never gone so long without selling the Xbox, which either means the supply chain has gone utterly AWOL or that the retailer is on the verge of a long-overdue restock.

The store’s Twitter account has not tweeted the word “Xbox” in months, and won’t return the Xbox’s calls.

Can you buy an Xbox series X at Argos?

09:56 , Steve Hogarty

While the console itself is sold out online, last week a lucky handful of Argos customers found they could successfully place a click and collect order for the Xbox series X at certain local Argos stores.

Whether or not your nearest branch has the Xbox in stock seems entirely down to luck, so read your horoscope, or stick your postcode into the Xbox product page to search your local store.

The best way to buy an Xbox series X from Argos is through the app. Add the console to your wish list, which lets you slip the Xbox into your basket in advance for a speedy checkout when the time comes.

The ‘Halo Infinite’ themed Xbox is sold out everywhere

09:24 , Steve Hogarty

Back in August, and very briefly, Game and the Microsoft Store were the only two places you could pre-order the limited edition Halo Infinite themed Xbox series X bundle (£479.99, Microsoft Store).

If you’ve been following this stock tracking blog for any length of time, you won’t be surprised to learn that this rare Xbox is also impossible to find in stock online.

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The branded box celebrates 20 years of Master Chief and boasts “a custom console design imprinted with stars as seen from the surface of Zeta Halo – extending onto the fan behind a blue vent inspired by Cortana.”

The Halo Infinite themed Xbox series X launches 15 November, and we’re hoping to see at least one more round of pre-orders pop up before then.

Does Smyths have the Xbox series X in stock?

09:05 , Steve Hogarty

Smyths Toys is another retailer likely to restock the Xbox in the coming days.

The toy shop last had the Xbox series X in stock on 10 August, when it made the console available for click and collect from local branches up and down the country. Since then it’s restocked the Xbox All Access programme – the pay as you go alternative to paying full price for the console –twice.

As always, we’ll be monitoring retailers throughout the day to bring you live stock updates as they happen, so feel free to give your F5 key a rest.

What are the chances of a Very restock today?

08:48 , Steve Hogarty

We make no guarantees, but Very is rumoured to restock the Xbox series X this morning.

The retailer had been pegged to drop more consoles this week, and with the window of opportunity rapidly closing it can only really happen in the next couple of hours if it’s to happen at all.

Very operates a waiting room system during stock drops. It can take hours to reach the front of the queue, so we recommend you don’t refresh your browser window once you’re in the waiting room.

4gadgets has restocked Xbox All Access

08:27 , Steve Hogarty

4gadgets is currently accepting new orders for Xbox All Access, the pay as you go alternative to purchasing the Xbox series X at full price. Rather than fork out £449 up front, you pay monthly instalments of £28.99 over two years.

Included in the price is a two year subscription to Game Pass Ultimate, the console’s Netflix-style, games-on-demand service. This means that Xbox All Access works out slightly cheaper than buying the console and Game Pass Ultimate separately.

This is essentially an interest-free loan, so you’ll need to pass a credit check with Klarna to proceed to checkout.

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Wakey wakey, Xbox hunters!

08:10 , Steve Hogarty

Good morning, and welcome back to another day of hunting the elusive Xbox series X.

It hasn’t been easy to find the Xbox in stock, but restocks are still happening at a rate of three or four a week right now. You just have to be quick, as the Xbox appears without warning and sells out in minutes.

Today we’re hoping to see an Xbox series X restock from Very, but we’ll be monitoring every UK retailer to give you the best chance to scoop up your Xbox. There’s one out there with your name on it.

Xbox stock trackers, signing off

Wednesday 6 October 2021 16:58 , Steve Hogarty

That’s all from us! Thank you as always for reading the Xbox stock tracking liveblog – and apologies that there weren’t more, well, Xboxes.

Rest assured that it wasn’t for lack of trying. No UK retailer restocked the Xbox series X today, it was a day entirely untroubled by restocks.

This makes us even more hopeful that the rumoured Very restock could land tomorrow morning between 9am and 12pm, so join us again then to be the first to know when (or if) the Xbox series X makes an appearance.

Have a great evening!

Play Xbox series X games on your laptop

Wednesday 6 October 2021 16:19 , Steve Hogarty

This might tide you over while we wait for the Xbox series X to come back into stock: Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can play a selection of Xbox games on their PC right now using Microsoft’s cloud streaming service.

You don’t 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. Cloud gaming requires 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 2021.

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Check out some Black Friday 2021 tech deals

Wednesday 6 October 2021 15:22 , Steve Hogarty

The Xbox series X is far from alone in all of this supply chain anarchy – maybe you’ve seen the news?

Everything from laptops to smartphones has been affected by production delays, with shortages of many high-end consumer electronics predicted to stretch into next year.

To give you the best chance of finding the cool tech you’re after, we launched our Black Friday tech deals guide. You’ll find great deals on tech and gaming accessories from Amazon, John Lewis & Partners, Currys PC World, and Argos.

We’ll be adding new deals as they appear in the run up to the big shopping event, so check back for updates as Black Friday approaches.

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Check out our review of the Nintendo Switch OLED

Wednesday 6 October 2021 14:42 , Steve Hogarty

The newly redesigned Nintendo Switch OLED launches on Friday, featuring a vastly improved display that leaves Nintendo’s explosively colourful games looking better than ever.

Buy now £309.99, Amazon.co.uk

We’ve been playing around with the new handheld all week to see if it’s worth the upgrade. Go ahead and read our full review if you’re interested.

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Can you pre-order the ‘Halo Infinite’ bundle at the Microsoft Store?

Wednesday 6 October 2021 14:27 , Steve Hogarty © Provided by The Independent (Microsoft)

The Halo Infinite limited edition Xbox series X bundle launches on 15 November, though the branded console has already sold out at the pre-order stage.

So far, there have only been two places you can pre-order this even rarer variant of Xbox: Game and the Microsoft Store. Pre-orders for the limited edition Xbox opened on 25 August and were snapped up in 20 minutes flat.

We predict we’ll see another round of pre-orders before the bundle launches, and hopefully a few units reserved for launch day itself.

The best Xbox series X games to play right now

Wednesday 6 October 2021 13:28 , Steve Hogarty

Let’s take a quick break from Xbox hunting to gaze longingly at a bunch of games you could be playing on your shiny (well, matte black) new console.

There are some unmissable next-gen exclusives to be found in our list of the best Xbox series X games, such as the spectacular looking Microsoft Flight Simulator, as well as remastered and zhuzhed up versions of Xbox One classics.

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Wednesday 6 October 2021 12:29 , Steve Hogarty

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When will the Xbox series X be back in stock?

Wednesday 6 October 2021 11:34 , Steve Hogarty

That’s the million dollar question.

The short answer is that nobody knows when the Xbox series X will be back in stock.

With a few exceptions, retailers restock the Xbox without any warning and in such small numbers that the console sells out quickly. Game has been known to alert customers to an imminent drop on its Twitter feed, but most stores aren’t so courteous.

Here on the Xbox stock tracking liveblog, we can predict when the next drop might happen by paying close attention to each retailer’s restocking habits – as well as any rumours or tip-offs we’ve received. Many stores get their allocations of consoles on a regular basis, so we can often make an educated guess as to when to expect a resupply.

But the best way to find the Xbox in stock is to keep following our liveblog. We can alert you the instant the Xbox series X appears online, giving you a fighting chance of grabbing one before they’re gone again.

What’s happening with Amazon’s Xbox stock?

Wednesday 6 October 2021 11:10 , Steve Hogarty

Amazon is currently sold out of the Xbox series X in the UK, but in recent weeks the retail giant has restocked Microsoft’s new console in Germany, France and Spain.

Tempted to import the Xbox from Europe? You might want to consider some of the hidden costs first. Importing electronics from the EU incurs a set of taxes, delivery charges and fees. Because of the additional paperwork required, many courier services have hiked up their prices too.

You can expect to pay at least £100 extra to buy an Xbox this way.

If you’ve given up on waiting, Amazon has the less powerful Xbox series S in stock (£249.98, Amazon.co.uk) – with a whopping one pence off the RRP.

Where is the Xbox series S in stock?

Wednesday 6 October 2021 10:49 , Steve Hogarty © Provided by The Independent (Microsoft)

We don’t track the availability of the Xbox series S, simply because it’s in stock pretty much everywhere and around the clock. Demand for this version of the console is lower as it’s the less powerful of the pair.

The Xbox series S is backwards compatible and runs the same next-generation games, but at a lower resolution and with some of the fancier graphics options dialled down or switched off. It also doesn’t have a disc drive, so you can’t play your physical games collection, only the games that you download. The hard drive is also half as capacious.

For that reason the Xbox series X is considered by purists to be the “true” next-generation Xbox, and so the more powerful console is in much higher demand. This means it’s relatively easy to find the Xbox series S in stock online. Here are a few spots you can pick one up today.

Can you buy an Xbox series X in store?

Wednesday 6 October 2021 10:20 , Steve Hogarty

We continually monitor online retailers for the arrival of fresh Xbox stock, but did you know that we also keep tabs on the availability in physical stores around the country? We rely on tweets from happy customers, news from around the web, and a fictional network of covert spies embedded in every shopping centre in the UK.

Argos is currently your best bet, as we’ve heard reports of shoppers finding the console available at their local branch as recently as last week. These Xbox restocks often don’t appear online, so it’s worth popping into your nearest store if you’re passing by.

To a lesser extent the Xbox series X is has been spotted in-store at John Lewis & Partners, Game and Smyths, all while each retailer’s online stores reported the Xbox as sold out.

Here are the games coming to Game Pass in October

Wednesday 6 October 2021 09:50 , Steve Hogarty © Provided by The Independent Back 4 Blood (Warner Bros)

Microsoft has announced the first batch of games coming to Xbox Game Pass in October, which includes the hilarious, physics-based army game Totally Accurate Battle Simulator.

Another highlight is Back 4 Blood, the spiritual successor to the classic co-op zombie blaster Left 4 Dead. Here’s the full list.

  • Totally Accurate Battle Simulator – Out now
  • The Procession to Calvary – 7 October
  • Visage – 7 October
  • Back 4 Blood – 12 October
  • Ring of Pain – 14 October
  • The Riftbreaker – 14 October
  • The Good Life – 15 October

When will Smyths have the Xbox series X in stock?

Wednesday 6 October 2021 09:14 , Steve Hogarty

There’s a very good chance we’ll see an Xbox restock at Smyths Toys later this month.

The retailer has been dragging its heels since mid-August, with just a smattering of consoles appearing for sale online, but shocked the nation to its very core with a surprise in-store restock of the PlayStation 5 yesterday morning.

When the Xbox is in stock, Smyths is one of three retailers – along with Game and 4Gadgets – to offer the Xbox All Access programme, a pay-as-you-go alternative to buying the console at full price. You pay £28.99 per month for 24 months, get Xbox Game Pass Ultimate thrown in, and own the console at the end of the term.

Which retailers have restocked in October so far?

Wednesday 6 October 2021 09:02 , Steve Hogarty

Let’s get ourselves in an optimistic mood by counting our wins so far this month.

Yesterday, John Lewis & Partners restocked the Xbox series X exclusively in the John Lewis app. This broke with convention – the department store typically only ever restocks at 7am – and was over very quickly, with just a handful of consoles sold.

Before that, on Monday, the BT Shop came out of the blue with an allocation of Xbox consoles for customers who had previously registered their interest. Only BT customers could take advantage of this restock, however.

When did Argos last restock the Xbox series X?

Wednesday 6 October 2021 08:45 , Steve Hogarty

Argos currently claims to have “limited stock” of the Xbox series X online, and while it’s possible to add the console to your trolley there aren’t any collection or delivery options available at checkout.

(“Limited” in this case probably means “none” – none is the most limited amount of anything it’s possible to have.)

We’ve heard rumours of some in-store restocks happening at stores around the country, but it’s been two months since the retailer last had any stock on the site as normal.

The best way to buy an Xbox series X from Argos is through the app. Add the console to your wish list, which lets you slip the Xbox into your basket in advance for a speedy checkout when the time comes.

When did Currys last restock the Xbox series X?

Wednesday 6 October 2021 08:31 , Steve Hogarty

Another retailer in our sights this morning is Currys PC World.

Tomorrow will mark precisely one month since Currys last had the Xbox series X in stock, which is officially the longest the retailer has ever gone without selling Microsoft’s console.

In the past Currys has restocked on Wednesdays and Thursdays, placing it right near the top of our list of retailers we think might restock the Xbox next.

Very could restock today

Wednesday 6 October 2021 08:19 , Steve Hogarty

All eyes are on Very this morning.

The hot-pink retailer is forecast to restock the Xbox series X either today or tomorrow, most likely before 11am. That’s according to twitter user @StockCheckerUK.

It’s been three weeks since Very last had the Xbox in stock. The retailer rarely goes more than four without dropping consoles.

We’ll alert you if Very so much as blinks today.

Xbox stock trackers, activate

Wednesday 6 October 2021 08:07 , Steve Hogarty

Good morning, Xbox hunters!

Welcome back to Wednesday’s Xbox series X stock tracking liveblog, where we’ll be monitoring every UK retailer for fresh stock of Microsoft’s next-generation console, so you don’t have to.

The moment that elusive black box appears somewhere online, we’ll alert you, giving you the best possible chance to snap up an Xbox.

Let’s begin.

Live blog signing off

Tuesday 5 October 2021 17:00 , Alistair Charlton

With a heavy heart, we’ve to bring the Xbox live blog into land after another unsuccessful day of series X hunting. Did you manage to find a console in your local Game or Smyths Toys store? Or perhaps you someone managed to grab one during that strange John Lewis restock earlier?

Either way, fear not! We will be back again in the morning – and remember, we’re expecting a restock from Very this week on 6 or 7 October, so hopefully your patience will finally be rewarded.

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What’s the difference between Xbox series X and series S?

Tuesday 5 October 2021 15:05 , Alistair Charlton © Provided by The Independent (Microsoft)

It’s been a quiet start to October, with just a single.series X restock from BT to get excited about. So let’s brush up on the fundamentals. Know your enemy and all that.

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 is dialled down. The Xbox series S does not have a disc drive, has half the storage capacity (500GB compared to 1TB) and can only play downloaded games. The Xbox series S is currently 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:

  • CPU: Custom Zen 2 8-core CPU
  • GPU: 4 TFLOPS, 20 CUS
  • Memory: 10GB GDDR6
  • Storage: 512GB SSD
  • Resolution: 1440p at 60fps

Xbox series X specs:

  • CPU: AMD 8-core Zen 2 @ 3.8 GHz
  • GPU: 12TFLOPS, 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz
  • Memory: 16GB GDDR6
  • Storage: 1TB custom WD SSD, optional 1T
  • Resolution: 4K at 60fps

How to preorder the Nintendo Switch OLED

Tuesday 5 October 2021 14:29 , Alistair Charlton © Provided by The Independent (iStock/The Independent)

Nintendo has a new version of its Switch handheld console on the way. Called the Switch OLED, the new model features a larger and improved OLED display promising more vivid colours and deeper blacks. The console also features a redesigned kickstand with more adjustability, and more storage than the regular Nintendo Switch.

The Nintendo Switch OLED is available to pre-order from a bunch of UK retailers now, including Amazon, Argos, Game, Smyths Toys and My Nintendo Store. The console is priced at £309.99 and goes on sale on 8 October.

You can play Xbox series X games on your laptop

Tuesday 5 October 2021 14:01 , Alistair Charlton

You don’t actually need an Xbox series X to play Xbox series X games. Instead, you just need a fast enough internet connection and a compatible streaming device.

Xbox Cloud Gaming streams games from Microsoft’s servers to your console, laptop or phone, via your internet browser or the Xbox app. How does cloud gaming work? Well it’s basically like being on a Zoom call with a game that you’re controlling, meaning you can jump into new games at the push of a button rather than waiting around for an installation. The sound and picture of the game is streamed to you, like a Zoom call, while your inputs are streamed back to the Microsoft server the game is running on.

Cloud gaming requires 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 at the moment. If you’re thinking of upgrading, check out our list of the best laptops in 2021.

The best TVs for gaming on Xbox series X

Tuesday 5 October 2021 13:02 , Alistair Charlton © Provided by The Independent (iStock/The Independent)

To get the most out of the Xbox series X, you’ll need a a television with a 4K resolution, also known as Ultra HD or UHD.

Many next-generation games allow you to choose between a performance mode and a graphics mode. The former downgrades the visuals slightly for smoother framerates, while the latter mode enables higher resolutions and more detailed visual effects at the expense of framerate.

If your TV only goes up to 1080p (also known as Full HD), you won’t be getting the most out of your new Xbox series X. To help you upgrade your set without breaking the bank, we’ve pulled together a list of the best 4K TV deals for entertainment, movies and gaming.

How to buy a PS5

Tuesday 5 October 2021 12:03 , Alistair Charlton © Provided by The Independent (iStock/The Independent)

Done with waiting for an Xbox and fancy a PS5 instead? Well you’re in luck, because Sony’s next-generation console is currently easier to buy than the Xbox series X. And in even better news, the Indybest team is also running a live blog to keep you up to date on the latest PS5 restock news from right across the UK.

PS5 restocks tend to be announced ahead of time, making it easier to know when to reach for your wallet and click the order button.

You can even find PS5 stock in physical stores, with Smyths Toys today having a nationwide restock across its branches. We’re also expecting a PS5 restock to happen at Very this week too.

Click here to visit the IndyBest PS5 restock live blog.

Xbox series X briefly appears on the John Lewis app

Tuesday 5 October 2021 11:54 , Alistair Charlton

Just after we said how John Lewis & Partners never has any stock, the retailer appeared to make the Xbox Series X available exclusively through its smartphone app. But no sooner had the console landed, complete with ‘add to basket’ button, it quickly disappeared again. The app is now showing the Xbox series X as sold out, and with the ‘add to basket’ button returning the message: “Sorry, something went wrong. Please try again later.”

Will more stock arrive later today? Did you manage to grab a console in the brief moment they appeared to be available? As ever, Xbox hunting is as fast-paced and unpredictable as it is frustrating.

The best Xbox series X games to play right now

Tuesday 5 October 2021 11:34 , Alistair Charlton © Provided by The Independent (iStock/The Independent)

Managed to buy an Xbox series X? Well done! We’re proud of you, and a little surprised given how rare restocks are at the moment.

Console secured, you’ll now be wanting to know which games to buy for your shiny new Xbox. The good news is, we’ve published a look at some of the best Xbox series X games to play on your new machine right now.

Many of the best games to play on the Xbox series X today are upgraded and remastered versions of Xbox One games. But already there are some unmissable next-gen exclusives to be enjoyed, such as the spectacular looking Microsoft Flight Simulator.

We’ve included some of the console’s most highly anticipated upcoming games too. Click here to read more.

Will AO have more Xbox series X stock soon?

Tuesday 5 October 2021 11:08 , Alistair Charlton

According to the retailer itself, yes it will. AO’s website currently says the Xbox series X will be “back in stock soon”. There’s no more detail on when that might be, but we’re hopeful of a restock landing at some point in October. AO tends to restock several times each month, with four batches of Xbox series X consoles arriving in June, followed by three in July, just one in August, and two in September.

The most recent restocks, on 1 and 17 September, are a few weeks ago now, so hopefully we won’t have much longer to wait for new Xbox stock at AO. When it does arrive, AO tends to sell the console as part of a bundle. The website currently lists bundles with a headset, a second wireless controller, and with a headset, controller, and twin controller charging dock. These are priced from £504 to £614, so you’ll end up paying more than the console on its own. But bundles tend to put off scalpers, as selling the accessories eats into their profit margin, so new stock tends to hang around for longer.

Is John Lewis a good place to buy an Xbox series X?

Tuesday 5 October 2021 10:47 , Alistair Charlton

In short, no. In normal times we’d recommend John Lewis as a great retailer of expensive electronics like games consoles, because of the included two-year guarantee. You can even add two years of accidental damage cover for £15. But, while all retailers have struggled with Xbox series X stock, John Lewis has had an especially tough time of it.

By our records, John Lewis has only had three restocks of Xbox series X since the start of the summer, on 22 June and 7 and 12 July. There has been no stock since. And, while the odd console might have landed in a physical store since, the website currently says stock information at local stores is unavailable. So, while the two-year guarantee is a nice bonus, we’d recommend IndyBest readers shop elsewhere for their Xbox series X.

When did Game last have an Xbox series X restock?

Tuesday 5 October 2021 10:13 , Alistair Charlton © Provided by The Independent (Microsoft)

Game has had more Xbox restocks than most other retailers this year. It had no fewer than six (six!) through August, followed by more on 8 and 24 September, although these were through the Xbox All Access programme.

Speaking of All Access, the monthly payment programme was available – with the Xbox series X, no less – for a good chunk of September. This let gamers bag themselves a series X for £28.99 a month for 24 months. As well as the console, this also includes Game Pass Ultimate, giving you access to loads of games to play without buying them individually.

There’s no catch. It’s an interest-free loan that requires a credit check with Klarna, and over the two years it’s actually slightly cheaper than buying the console and Game Pass Ultimate separately.

Does Amazon have Xbox series X stock?

Tuesday 5 October 2021 10:02 , Alistair Charlton © Provided by The Independent (The Independent)

We all know Amazon sells pretty much everything. But does it have any Xbox series X stock? No, it does not. In fact, the retail giant hasn’t offered much Xbox at all stock compared to its rivals, with just a couple of restocks in September and two in August (albeit only on its French and Germany sites).

While it is possible to buy an Xbox series X from Amazon’s international websites (when they have stock, at least) doing so will incur extra taxes and shipping fees, often to the tune of around £100. So unless you are desperate, we recommend waiting for Amazon UK to get some more stock. Whenever that may be…