Xbox series X stock – live: Game and Currys restocks available now – how to get a console

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UPDATE: The Xbox series X is in stock now at Currys.

The Xbox series X is in short supply. While UK retailers restocked as many consoles as they could in the run up to Christmas, following the festive break Microsoft’s new console appears to be sold out. Supply chain issues coupled with a global shortage of semiconductors slowed production to a crawl, but the Xbox can still be found if you look hard enough.

The less powerful and cheaper Xbox series S is in stock at pretty much everywhere, but the more advanced Xbox series X is in higher demand. New stock appears without warning and sells out in seconds.

But, our liveblog is here to update you with the latest stock drops as soon as they happen, as well as any news on predicted restock dates and milestone events. If you want to know where to buy an Xbox series X today, we’ve got you covered.

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Check Xbox series X stock at UK retailers below:

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  • The Xbox series X is still in stock at Currys
  • How to buy an Xbox series X online
  • Xbox series X in stock at Game

Xbox series X on all access – in stock now at Game

08:53 , Eva Waite-Taylor

Game has dropped the Xbox series X as part of the All Access programme.

An alternative to paying full price for the console, Xbox All Access lets you spread the cost of the console over two years. It costs £28.99 per month and includes 24 months of Game Pass Ultimate, the Netflix-style games on demand service that usually costs £10.99 when purchased separately.

That’s £713 worth of stuff for £696, so represents good value for anyone hunting for an Xbox series X.

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Xbox series X still in stock at Currys

08:49 , Eva Waite-Taylor © Provided by The Independent (The Independent)

The gaming console is in stock at Currys, with two bundles. The cheapest option includes the Xbox series X and elite series 2 wireless controller (£589, Currys.co.uk). The high-end controller costs a whopping £150 alone.

The other option is to buy it with the Seagate 1TB expansion hard drive (£659, Currys.co.uk). We’ve seen the expansion drive sell for around £190 in the past, so this is close to what you’d pay if you were to buy both products separately.

If you can afford it, we’d suggest the bundle with the extra hard drive is the best value option here. Expanding the Xbox’s capacity gives you more room for downloads, and modern games are taking up more and more space.

Buy now

Good morning Xbox hunters

08:45 , Eva Waite-Taylor

Welcome to Thursday’s Xbox stock tracking liveblog.

Today we’re tracking every UK retailer at once for any sign of Microsoft’s elusive black cuboid, to bring you live Xbox restock updates as they happen.

If you’re on the hunt for an Xbox, stick with us to be the first to know when the console drops. Ready? Let’s go.

Xbox stock trackers, signing off

Wednesday 29 December 2021 17:10 , Daisy Lester

Well that’s all from us, thank you for following the Xbox stock tracking liveblog. It’s been an eventful day, with stock still available at Currys in two bundles. The cheaper bundle ( £589, Currys.co.uk) includes the series X console and elite series 2 wireless controller while the pricier includes the Xbox series X as part of a bundle containing the Seagate 1TB expansion hard drive (£659, Currys.co.uk).

Continue to stay ahead of the game and be in with the best possible chance of finding the Xbox in stock by joining us again tomorrow when we’ll be resuming the search.

Goodbye!

How to buy an Xbox series X in store

Wednesday 29 December 2021 17:00 , Daisy Lester

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:

  • The retailers rumoured to have in-store stock are Argos, Smyths Toys and Game. To a lesser extent we’ve heard of John Lewis & Partners, and Currys having physical stock.
  • Enter your post code on the retailer’s online product page to check for local stock. If you can, scroll around to peek at other stores farther away from you.
  • Xbox not in stock? Don’t lose hope. Many stores don’t log returns or uncollected Xbox pre-orders back into their stock systems. Pop into your local shop in person and ask a member of staff.

Xbox series X console bundles are still available at Currys

Wednesday 29 December 2021 16:30 , Daisy Lester

Buy now

While we may not have seen any other restocks today, Currys still has stock of the Xbox series X as part of two bundles. The cheaper bundle ( £589, Currys.co.uk) includes the series X console and elite series 2 wireless controller. The high-end controller costs a whopping £150 alone.

You can also purchase the Xbox series X as part of a bundle containing the Seagate 1TB expansion hard drive (£659, Currys.co.uk). We’ve seen the expansion drive sell for around £190 in the past, so this is close to what you’d pay if you were to buy both products separately.

If you can afford it, we’d suggest the bundle with the extra hard drive is the best value option here. Expanding the Xbox’s capacity gives you more room for downloads, and modern games are taking up more and more space.

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

Wednesday 29 December 2021 16:00 , Daisy Lester

The post-Christmas console drops are few and far between. 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 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:

  • 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

Need some new wireless earbuds?

Wednesday 29 December 2021 15:00 , Daisy Lester

Earbuds might not be great for gaming, but that doesn’t stop us from using them while playing a bit of Fortnite. We’ve tested a range of the latest models in our review of the best wireless earbuds, primarily focusing on audio quality, but also checking out the various features and styles currently on the market.

Whether you’re a style-conscious pop lover, a fitness fan on a budget or a blasphemous earbud-wearing gamer, there’s something for everyone in our earbuds guide. Our top pick are the Sennheiser CX 400BT true wireless earbuds. Our reviewer said that they were a “top-notch” pair for those who don’t want to splash.

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Our tech writer found 15 wireless earbuds for quality sound at every budget

Where is the Xbox series S in stock?

Wednesday 29 December 2021 14:00 , Daisy Lester

While your (and everyone elses) focus may be trying to grab the Xbox series X – the most advanced member of the Xbox family – demand for the less powerful Xbox series S is much smaller and so the console is easy to find in stock in a bunch of different places.

The Xbox series S is a brilliant games machine capable of playing all the same next-generation games as the Xbox series X. The console is backwards compatible with older Xbox games and has slightly lower grade components, meaning some of the fancier graphics options dialled down. It doesn’t have a disc drive either, so you can only play downloaded games. The hard drive is also half as big, so you need to redownload games more often.

There’s now an official Xbox series S + Fortnite + Rocket League bundle on the shelves too, costing £249.99. You can find it at Very, Game, Amazon and more.

The Xbox series X headsets to look out for

Wednesday 29 December 2021 13:00 , Daisy Lester

The Xbox series X is often bundled with a gaming headset to bump up the price and stave off scalpers.

The console doesn’t come with its own headset ,but it’s 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 play through them rather than your TV, which is ideal if you’re sharing a room with somebody you don’t want to disturb.

If you need to upgrade or you don’t have your own headset yet, Microsoft sells the wireless Xbox series X headset separately (£89.99, Game.co.uk). Lots of third-party manufacturers make Xbox compatible headsets too. We’ve rounded up the best gaming headsets you can buy today.

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Immerse yourself in play with one of the best gaming headsets

The best VPN for the Xbox series X

Wednesday 29 December 2021 12:00 , Daisy Lester

If you stream Netflix on your Xbox, a virtual private network allows you to spoof your location and access movies and TV shows not normally available in your country.

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. You can also install some VPNs on routers to cover all of your devices in one go.

A slow VPN will hinder your online gaming, so to keep your Xbox series X running at peak performance you’ll want to make sure the VPN you choose is fast and responsive enough to avoid lag and dropouts when playing online. Check out our round-up of the best VPNs for torrenting, streaming and gaming.

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The best VPN for every type of device

The best Xbox series X games to play right now

Wednesday 29 December 2021 11:30 , Daisy Lester

Did you manage to grab an Xbox recently? Well have a gander at our round-up of the best Xbox series X games to decide what to play first.

Both the Xbox series X and the PlayStation 5 have endured a slow launch, with the global pandemic putting the brakes on development of many new titles. You’ll notice that many of the best Xbox series X games are upgraded and remastered versions of Xbox One games, but there are some genuine next-gen experiences to be enjoyed already.

Wondering what to play next? Here’s our list of the best Xbox series X games of 2021

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Managed to find the Xbox series X in stock? Here are the games you need to play

Stay in the know and sign up to the IndyBest newsletter

Wednesday 29 December 2021 11:00 , Daisy Lester

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You can play Xbox games on your laptop

Wednesday 29 December 2021 10:30 , Daisy Lester

You don’t actually need an Xbox series X to play Xbox series X games, just 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.

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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The ultimate guide to the best laptops of 2021

The best TVs for gaming on Xbox series X

Wednesday 29 December 2021 09:30 , Daisy Lester

To get the most out of the Xbox series X, you’ll need a 4K television.

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 fancy effects at the expense of framerate.

If your TV only goes up to 1080p, 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 TVs for entertainment, movies and gaming.

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9 best 4K TVs for needle-sharp viewing

How to buy an Xbox series X online

Wednesday 29 December 2021 09:00 , Daisy Lester

While there are no more restocks to report on, let’s go over some of 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.

  • Register an account and save your payment details at each of the retailers that stock the Xbox series X. They’re listed in the main article above
  • Are you a BT customer, or know somebody who is? Register your interest on the BT site to get exclusive access to BT’s next drop
  • Download each retailer’s app (if they have one) and add the Xbox series X to your wish list or “save for later” list
  • When the console drops, use the link in your wish list to add the Xbox to your trolley – this usually has a higher success rate than navigating through the website
  • Keep note of the prices of bundles to ensure you’re getting a good deal. Rounding up, the console itself is £450, controllers are £50, the official headset is £90, and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate costs £11 per month. Newly released game are £60, but retailers usually bundle older games with the console
  • The pay-as-you-go Xbox All Access programme is good value for money, so long as you don’t already have a Game Pass subscription

The Xbox series X is still in stock at Currys

Wednesday 29 December 2021 08:26 , Daisy Lester

Buy now

Currys has restocked the Xbox series X as part of two bundles. The cheaper bundle ( £589, Currys.co.uk) includes the series X console and elite series 2 wireless controller. The high-end controller costs a whopping £150 alone.

You can also purchase the Xbox series X as part of a bundle containing the Seagate 1TB expansion hard drive (£659, Currys.co.uk). We’ve seen the expansion drive sell for around £190 in the past, so this is close to what you’d pay if you were to buy both products separately.

If you can afford it, we’d suggest the bundle with the extra hard drive is the best value option here. Expanding the Xbox’s capacity gives you more room for downloads, and modern games are taking up more and more space.

The best way to buy an Xbox series X from Currys 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.

Good morning, Xbox hunters!

Wednesday 29 December 2021 08:25 , Daisy Lester

Welcome to Wednesday’s Xbox stock tracking liveblog.

Today we’re tracking every UK retailer at once for any sign of Microsoft’s elusive black cuboid, to bring you live Xbox restock updates as they happen.

If you’re on the hunt for an Xbox on this Twixmas morning, stick with us to be the first to know when the console drops. Ready? Let’s go.

Xbox stock trackers, signing off

Tuesday 28 December 2021 16:50 , Steve Hogarty

Well that’s all from us. Thank you for following the Xbox stock tracking liveblog today.

Currys has a seemingly endless supply of the console, with both of its bundles still in stock as we close out the liveblog. Asda is also selling Xbox All Access, the pay monthly alternative to paying £449 for the console up front.

Still trying to find an Xbox series X without the add-ons? Then join us again tomorrow when we’ll be resuming the search.

The Xbox series X headsets to look out for

Tuesday 28 December 2021 16:28 , Steve Hogarty

The Xbox series X doesn’t come with its own headset, but it’s compatible with all existing headsets for the Xbox One. You’ll often see many retailers bundling third-party headsets with the console too. So which one is the best?

The Xbox wireless controller (£54.99, Argos.co.uk) also has a headphone jack, so you can plug in your regular headphones to have game audio play through them rather than your TV, which is ideal if you’re sharing a room with somebody you don’t want to disturb.

If you need to upgrade or you don’t have your own headset yet, Microsoft sells the wireless Xbox series X headset separately (£89.99, Argos.co.uk). Lots of third-party manufacturers make Xbox compatible headsets too. We’ve rounded up the best gaming headsets you can buy today.

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Immerse yourself in play with one of the best gaming headsets

Can you install a VPN on an Xbox?

Tuesday 28 December 2021 15:32 , Steve Hogarty

If you stream entertainment on your Xbox, a virtual private network allows you to spoof your location and access movies and TV shows not normally available in your country.

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. You can also install some VPNs on routers to cover all of your devices in one go.

A slow VPN will hinder your online gaming, so to keep your Xbox series X running at peak performance you’ll want to make sure the VPN you choose is fast and responsive enough to avoid lag and dropouts when playing online. Check out our round-up of the best VPNs for torrenting, streaming and gaming.

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The best VPN for every type of device

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

Tuesday 28 December 2021 14:32 , Steve Hogarty © Provided by The Independent (Xbox)

While we wait for more Xbox stock to arrive – Currys is currently your best bet – let’s brush up on the fundamentals.

There are two next-generation 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:

  • 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

Where is the Xbox series S in stock?

Tuesday 28 December 2021 13:32 , Steve Hogarty © Provided by The Independent (Microsoft)

While everyone’s focused on trying to grab the Xbox series X, which is the most advanced member of the Xbox family, demand for the less powerful Xbox series S is much smaller and so the console is easy to find in stock pretty much everywhere.

Thing is, the Xbox series S is a brilliant games machine capable of playing all the same next-generation games as the Xbox series X. The console is backwards compatible with older Xbox games and has slightly lower grade components, meaning some of the fancier graphics options dialled down. It doesn’t have a disc drive either, so you can only play downloaded games. The hard drive is also half as big, so you need to redownload games more often.

There’s now an official Xbox series S + Fortnite + Rocket League bundle on the shelves too, costing £249.99. You can find it at Very, Game, Amazon and more.

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Tuesday 28 December 2021 12:28 , Steve Hogarty

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Can you buy an Xbox on the high street?

Tuesday 28 December 2021 11:28 , Steve Hogarty

Yes, but consoles are currently as tricky to find in stores as they are online. Your best bet is to try your local branches of Game and Smyths Toys, as these both 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 aTwitter 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.

Looking to save on tech? Read our guide to the Boxing Day sales

Tuesday 28 December 2021 10:50 , Steve Hogarty

Don’t let the words “Boxing Day” fool you, the bad boy of Christmas sales rumbles on well into 2022, intermingling with January sales and winter sales and festive sales until we’re neck deep in discounts with nowhere to go.

But don’t stress out about it. We’re here to help guide you toward the deals that are actually worth paying attention to. In our guide to the best tech deals this Boxing Day you’ll find bargains on popular products like the Nintendo Switch, plus everything from TVs, games and smart speakers to vacuum cleaners and plenty more. To find out more, read our full guide.

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The Xbox series X is in stock at Currys

Tuesday 28 December 2021 10:33 , Steve Hogarty

Let’s recap these two Currys bundles, which are still defiantly in stock. You can’t purchase the console separately, and bear in mind that the console’s RRP is £449.

Currys is selling the Xbox series X bundled with the premium elite controller (£589, Currys.co.uk). The fancy high-end controller costs a whopping £150 alone.

You can also purchase the Xbox series X as part of a bundle containing the Seagate 1TB expansion hard drive (£659, Currys.co.uk). We’ve seen the expansion drive sell for around £190 in the past, so this is close to what you’d pay if you were to buy both products separately.

We reckon the bundle with the extra hard drive is the best value option here, if you can afford it. Expanding the Xbox’s capacity gives you more room for downloads, and these fancy modern games are taking up more and more space.

Xbox All Access is in stock at Smyths Toys

Tuesday 28 December 2021 10:15 , Steve Hogarty

Want to spread the cost of your Xbox over two years? Smyths Toys still has availability of Xbox All Access, the pay as you go alternative to shelling out full price for the Xbox series X. You pay £28.99 per month and get Game Pass Ultimate thrown in, which usually costs £10.99.

Right now there aren’t any consoles available for collection or delivery, with the next restock date mooted for 2022.

Hunting for a PS5 this Christmas?

Tuesday 28 December 2021 09:55 , Steve Hogarty

If you’re on the hunt for a PS5 today, you might want to pop over to our PS5 stock tracking liveblog.

We’re tracking the availability of a bunch of Game pre-order bundles right now, and predicting a few more drops before the end of the year.

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Where else has the Xbox series X in stock?

Tuesday 28 December 2021 09:35 , Steve Hogarty

The Xbox series X is also available at Asda through the Xbox All Access programme this morning.

The pay monthly scheme lets you spread the cost of the console over two years. You pay nothing up front, you pay £28.99 per month, and you get two years of Game Pass Ultimate (worth £10.99 per month) included. Game Pass is a Netflix-style games-on-demand service giving you access to a library of over 100 games.

It’s good value, we can recommend grabbing a console this way.

Follow along for live Xbox stock alerts

Tuesday 28 December 2021 09:20 , Steve Hogarty

Good morning Xbox hunters!

Welcome back to another day of Xbox series X restock tracking. If you’re searching for Microsoft’s next-generation console today, we’ve got you covered. We’re tracking every retailer at once to bring you stock updates as soon as they happen.

In fact, the Xbox is in stock at Currys right now, as part of a bundle including the £150 premium controller or the £190 additional hard drive. If you don’t fancy the extras, we’re almost certain to see the console restocked today without any expensive add-ons attached. Stick with us!

Xbox stock trackers, signing off

Monday 27 December 2021 16:50 , Steve Hogarty

Well that’s all from us. Thank you for following the Xbox stock tracking liveblog on whatever day of the week this is supposed to be. Monday? That can’t be right. Well would you look at that. It’s Monday!

Currys has been carrying the torch for Xbox fans today, with both of its bundles still in stock. Asda is also selling Xbox All Access.

To be in with a chance of finding even more consoles, join us again tomorrow when we’ll be resuming the search. Bye bye!