Where is the Xbox series X in stock today? Follow our restock tracker blog for live UK stock alerts and Xbox news from AO, Currys, Amazon and more
Launched in November 2020, the Xbox series X is now one year old. Microsoft’s next-generation console has been breaking sales records left and right, but despite its apparent success the Xbox series X is still almost impossible to find in stock anywhere in the UK, both in-store and online.
Bottlenecks in the manufacturing process as a result of a worldwide supply chain crisis and chip shortage have slowed the production of Microsoft’s next-generation console to a trickle, leaving shoppers in the UK wondering where to buy an Xbox.
The less powerful and much cheaper Xbox series S is easier to find in stock, but the more advanced Xbox series X sells out within minutes of hitting the shelves. Knowing when and where the newest Xbox will be restocked next is key to grabbing one before they sell out again.
That’s why we 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:
The best gaming deals for Black Friday 2021
Black Friday is now just a couple of weeks away, and some sales have already started. As ever, technology and gaming will be hot topics, with discounts expected on consoles, games, accessories and more. The IndyBest team will be with you every step of the way, highlighting the best deals from right across the web.
Gaming deals this Black Friday will be up for grabs far and wide, from specialists like Game and ShopTo, as well as general retailers like Amazon, Very, Argos, Currys and more. We can’t promise discounts on the still-tricky-to-find Xbox series X and PlayStation 5, nor the Nintendo Switch OLED – which we have recently reviewed, but you can definitely expect to see money off games, accessories, other consoles and digital services.
How to buy an Xbox series X online
While there are no 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
Xbox website suggests Smyths stock could be arriving soon
We’ve just had it pointed out to us by an eagle-eyed reader that the Xbox.com website says the series X is “in stock” at Smyths Toys. This has changed from “out of stock” over the weekend, but the Smyths website itself is still showing the console as unavailable, with more coming at some point in November. We’re not sure if this is a mistake by the Xbox website, or if it’s a sign that Smyths is about to have a series X restock. Either way, we’ll let you know more as soon as we can.
Is Argos due an Xbox restock soon?
Over these past few weeks Argos has been restocking the Xbox in a handful of stores around the country, but it’s been months since the retailer last had any stock available for delivery. It’s a long shot, but pop your postcode into the product page to check your nearest store.
Download the Argos app and add the Xbox to your wish list to be in with the best chance of grabbing one when actual stock appears. You can also more easily browse local branches of Argos for click and collect options as the app has a helpful map you can pan around.
Can you buy an Xbox series X on the high street?
Yes, in theory at least. Problem is, Xbox series X stock is just as tricky to find in shops as it is online. In our experience, we’ve found that Game and Smyths Toys are your best options. The former had series X restocks at a number of stores across the UK in late-October, but we’re talking just a handful of consoles at a time, and they sell out within a few hours.
Will Smyths have more Xbox stock this month?
Yes, the Smyths Toys website says more Xbox series X stock is due later in November. But, as ever, the retailer isn’t being more specific than that. Smyths might be holding back until Black Friday, which is 16 November, but we’re not expecting any discounts on the series X this year, so hopefully the stock will land before then.
As ever, we’ll bring you the news of any Xbox series X restocks as soon as we hear it.
When is the ‘Forza Horizon 5′ release date?
The biggest game launch of the week is Forza Horizon 5, the massive, open-world racing game which for this instalment is set in Mexico. The game is available now for those who bought the premium version, while everyone else can get their hands on Horizon 5 from tomorrow, 9 November. The game is available to download from the Microsoft store directly onto your console, or purchase on disc.
The game will also be available on Xbox Game Pass from its 9 November release date too, and it’s a title that is optimised for series S and series X, but also works on the previous-generation Xbox one too.
What Xbox restocks to expect this week
November got off to a very slow start last week, with just three restocks at Game, Box and Argos. With consoles landing in various branches of Game the previous week, we were hopeful that Microsoft’s year-long supply issues might finally be subsiding. But that doesn’t seem to be the case.
As for this week, there’s a chance we’ll see some fresh Xbox series X stock from the Microsoft store itself. Smyths also says it will receive new stock this month, but hasn’t been more specific.
With blockbuster title Forza Horizon 5 due out tomorrow, 9 November, we’re hopeful that at least some retailers will have new Xbox series X stock to tie in with that release.
Good morning, Xbox hunters, and welcome back to the series X restock live blog. After just three – three – restocks last week, we’re hoping for much, much more from Microsoft this week. Especially as we approach Black Friday and the Christmas shopping season. So sit down, buckle up and get ready to read about all of the UK Xbox restocking news, the moment we have it.
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