Who will restock Microsoft’s in-demand Xbox Series X this Cyber Monday?

Who will restock Microsoft’s in-demand Xbox Series X this Cyber Monday?
Where is the Xbox series X in stock today? Follow our restock tracker blog for live UK stock alerts and Xbox news from Smyths, Amazon, Argos and more

Today is 29 November and that can only mean one thing – it’s Cyber Monday! This used to mean in-store Black Friday deals shifting to the internet, but now it’s more a case of the Black Friday sales weekend rolling on into another week. Although we’re not expecting any Xbox Series X dicounts today, retailers might have a restock or two up their sleeve.

The Series X is now over 12 months old. Microsoft’s next-generation console has been breaking sales records all over the place these last 12 months but, despite its apparent success, the Series X is still almost impossible to find in stock anywhere in the UK, both online and in-store.

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 crawl, leaving shoppers in the UK wondering where to buy an Xbox.

The smaller, less powerful and much cheaper Xbox Series S is easier to find in stock, but the more advanced Series X typically 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.s

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.

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Check stock from UK Xbox Series X retailers below:


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Joe Sommerlad29 November 2021 11:45

The best VPN for the Xbox Series X

If you stream Netflix on your Xbox, a virtual private network (VPN) 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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Joe Sommerlad29 November 2021 11:25

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

We’ve had a slow start to the week so far, with no new Series X stock drops in sight. 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 (

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
Joe Sommerlad29 November 2021 11:05

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 all listed above below my intro
  • 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
Joe Sommerlad29 November 2021 10:45

Did you know you can play Xbox games on your laptop?

Oh you better believe it!

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,, which unlocks on-demand access to more than 100 games. Thankfully, decent laptops are much easier to find than the Xbox Series X.

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Joe Sommerlad29 November 2021 10:25

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Joe Sommerlad29 November 2021 10:05

The best TVs for gaming on Xbox Series X

To get the most out of the new Xbox, 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 1080px, 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.

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Joe Sommerlad29 November 2021 09:45

The best Xbox Series X games to play right now

Did you manage to grab an Xbox last week? If so, congratulations! Now why not have a gander at our round-up of the best Xbox series X games to help you decide which ones you need 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.

Here’s our list of the best Series X games of 2021, from Forza Horizon 4 to Sea of Thieves and Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

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Joe Sommerlad29 November 2021 09:25

Cyber Monday’s best deals and discounts for gamers

Cyber Monday is here and the sales are underway. 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 Cyber Monday 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.

Here are Alistair Charlton and Alex Lee with the latest news.

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Joe Sommerlad29 November 2021 09:05

The best tech deals for Cyber Monday

It’s a little quiet on the restock front just now – with a Saturday drop of Xbox Series Xs at Game the only development of note since last we spoke on Black Friday.

Delighted new owners have been showing off their prizes on Twitter – so, in the immortal words of Journey, don’t stop believing.

It can be done.

In the meantime, here are Louise Whitbread and Sarah Young to round up the best tech deals from UK retailers this Cyber Monday.

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