Update: The Xbox series X is in stock for customers at EE. Read on for more details.
The Xbox series X is more than a year old, but global supply chain issues triggered by a shortage of component parts has left Microsoft’s next-generation console out of stock consistently since launch.
As last year drew to a close UK retailers released thousands of stockpiled consoles to meet consumer demand, with the likes of Very, Smyths Toys, Game, Argos, Asda and Amazon selling the Xbox series X in droves. But January has been a drier affair so far, with just a handful of retailers receiving additional stock.
When it does appear, the Xbox series X sells out in minutes as customers snap up the available units as soon as they arrive. That’s why we launched our Xbox stock tracking liveblog, where we track every UK retailer at once to bring you live stock alerts as they happen.
We’ll also bring you tips and advice for beating the crowds to bag an Xbox series X, including which sites to pay attention to, where the Xbox might be restocked next, and how to register your interest for new consoles before they go on sale.
Which UK retailers stock the Xbox series X?
Can the Xbox series X storage be expanded?
Games are getting bigger, and while a one terabyte hard drive might sound vast it can quickly fill up if you intend on playing large games such as Microsoft Flight Simulator, Call of Duty: Vanguard and Apex Legends.
The Xbox series X comes with expandable storage if you’re not in the habit of uninstalling older games. The Seagate storage expansion card that can add an additional 512GB, 1TB or 2TB of storage to your console.
This 1TB model is available for £199.99 (Argos.co.uk) and is compatible with the Xbox series X and S.
Steve Hogarty19 January 2022 10:35
How do you find an Xbox series X in store?
We track every online retailer at once to catch the Xbox series X the moment it appears on sale.
Keeping track of available Xbox stock in physical shops is trickier, but it can be done. We rely on tips from shoppers and reports from social media to pinpoint the next-generation console popping up out there in the real world.
Here are some tips for finding the Xbox series X in stock in stores:
- Argos, AO and Smyths Toys are often rumoured to have the Xbox available in stores. To a lesser extent we’ve heard of John Lewis & Partners, Currys and Game restocking their shelves.
- Plug your post code into 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.
Steve Hogarty19 January 2022 10:02
Can you buy an Xbox series X at Game right now?
The Xbox series X is currently sold out at Game. The retailer did have limited stock available late last week, which suggests it could have more Xbox consoles on the way this week.
Game’s approach to restocking is hectic, with lots of repeated drops in quick succession, and dozens of very similar bundles to choose from, so we’re keeping a close eye on the site this week.
Steve Hogarty19 January 2022 09:44
Does Smyths Toys have Xbox All Access?
The Xbox series X product page over at Smyths Toys proudly claims to have the console in stock via Xbox All Access, the pay as you go alternative to shelling out full price for the Xbox series X.
Steve Hogarty19 January 2022 09:30
Where is the Xbox series X in stock?
It’s possible to apply to the Xbox All Access programme at Asda this morning, though we’ve heard reports that shoppers are completing registration only to find there’s no console waiting for them at the end of the process.
The pay monthly scheme lets you spread the cost of the console over two years. There’s no up front payment, instead 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, especially considering how expensive new games are, so we can recommend grabbing a console this way if you can.
Steve Hogarty19 January 2022 08:57
Xbox series X stock available for EE customers
EE is offering the Xbox series X as an add-on to new and existing phone contracts. The offer has been available all week.
Bundling the Xbox series X with your phone plan costs £31 per month for 24 months, with a £10 upfront payment, and includes two years of Game Pass Ultimate, the Netflix-style games on demand service.
It’s basically the Xbox All Access deal, though a little more expensive. Xbox All Access has no upfront fee and costs £28.99 per month.
Steve Hogarty19 January 2022 08:40
Follow along for live Xbox stock alerts
Good morning Xbox hunters!
Welcome to Wednesday’s stock tracking liveblog, where we’ll be scouring the internet for any sign of the Xbox series X in stock. By tracking every UK retailer at once, we can alert you to stock the instant it appears, giving you the best chance of bagging Microsoft’s latest console.
Steve Hogarty19 January 2022 08:23
Xbox stock trackers, signing off
Well, that’s all from us for today. We hope you’ve managed to pick up an Xbox series X at Very while stock lasted, or that you’ve at least added one to your EE phone contract.
If you’re not an EE customer, and you’re feeling sad that Microsoft’s latest console slipped through your fingers yet again, don’t worry. We’ll be resuming the search tomorrow morning, so join us then to be in with the best chance of finding the Xbox in stock.
Steve Hogarty18 January 2022 16:50
The best TVs for gaming on Xbox series X
With all this focus on where to buy an Xbox series X, let’s not overlook the thing you’re plugging it into. Is your TV ready for Microsoft’s next-generation console?
The Xbox series X can technically output at 8K resolution, though most games will only ever be running at a maximum of 4K. That’s the highest resolution most reasonably priced TVs can reach today.
If your TV only goes up to 1080p, games will still look great but 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.
Steve Hogarty18 January 2022 16:22
The Xbox series X is still in stock at Very
The Xbox series X is selling out at Very, with only the £504.98 Forza Horizon 5 bundle left available.
Steve Hogarty18 January 2022 15:34
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