The Xbox series X launched eight months ago, but since then production of the Microsoft’s next-generation console has slowed to a crawl. Ongoing supply chain problems and a global shortage of semiconductors have constrained supply of everything from games consoles to electric toothbrushes.
While the cheaper and less powerful Xbox series S is easier to find in UK stores, the flagship Xbox series X console is sold out everywhere. The few consoles that make it to the shelves sell out quickly too, which is why we’ve started this Xbox series X stock tracker.
If you’re want to know where to buy an Xbox series X today, we’ve got you covered. We’ll update you with stock drops as and when they happen, as well as any news on predicted restock dates.
Check stock from UK Xbox series X retailers below:
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Steve Hogarty26 July 2021 12:58
Shadow of the Tomb Raider got an Xbox series X upgrade
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (£10.99, Amazon.co.uk) also received a next-generation refresh over the weekend, meaning Xbox series X owners can enjoy improved graphics, smoother performance and faster loading times.
Just like Sniper Elite 4, the optimised version of Lara Croft’s 2018 adventure is a free update for anyone who owns the original game. That means if you haven’t already played Shadow of the Tomb Raider, there’s no reason to wait around until your Xbox series X arrives – the Xbox One version will miraculously become the Xbox series X version when you slide that disc into your new console.
Steve Hogarty26 July 2021 12:01
Flight Simulator on Xbox series X looks sharp
Just like on PC, the Xbox series X version of Flight Simulator (£59.99, Very.co.uk) supports player-create add-ons. This is good news, as the game has a thriving community of creators who work to add more detail to Asobo’s already meticulously recreated world.
One prolific developer of Flight Simulator add-ons, Orbx has teased some of the improvements its making available on the Xbox series X version of Flight Simulator, which launches tomorrow, 27 July. Look at the detail on London City Airport, phwoar.
Flight Simulator – which uses aerial photogrammetry, Bing satellite maps and artificial intelligence to render every last city, airport, mountain and blade of grass on the planet – also needs a massive amount of storage to run properly. The game streams in large chunks of visual detail as you fly, but requires plenty of local storage to keep things chugging along smoothly.
The Xbox series X comes with 1TB built-in, but players who need additional space can buy an optional Seagate expansion card (£199, AO.com) to boost that hard drive space up to 2TB.
Steve Hogarty26 July 2021 11:14
Sniper Elite 4 gets an Xbox series X upgrade
Popular first-person shooter Sniper Elite 4 (£16.99, 365games.co.uk) is now upgraded for Xbox series X.
The spruced up re-release features faster loading times, improved 4K resolution and smoother 60fps refresh rate.
Do you already own Rebellion’s long-range murder simulator on Xbox One? Well don’t worry, you can upgrade to the next-generation version for free once you get your paws on Microsoft’s elusive black cuboid.
Steve Hogarty26 July 2021 10:33
What is Xbox All Access?
There’s more than one way to buy an Xbox series X, assuming you can find one in stock. You can either pay the full £449 and own the console outright, as usual, or you can join Microsoft’s Xbox All Access programme.
You pay nothing up front and get an Xbox series X console and a subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for £28.99 per month. At the end of the 24 month term, you keep the console. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate costs £10.99 per month alone, meaning you end up paying £432 for the console over the course of the two year term – that’s a £17 saving.
Now you just need to find one in stock – stick with us and we’ll alert you as soon as consoles are available.
Steve Hogarty26 July 2021 10:03
When did Game last have the Xbox series X in stock?
That said, the Xbox series X is currently sold out at Game no matter which payment plan you choose. Game was one of the leading Xbox series X retailers at launch and had regular arrivals of new stock all the way up to the end of March, though things have dried up in June and July.
We’ve heard lots of reports on Twitter of shoppers having more success at finding the next-generation consoles in-store rather than online, so it’s worth asking at your local high-street branch of Game if they’ve the Xbox series X in stock.
Steve Hogarty26 July 2021 09:36
Is the Xbox series X in stock at Currys?
It’s not in stock right now of course, but Currys PC World is generally one of the best places to find an Xbox series X in stock.
The retailer has had regular restocks of Microsoft’s next-generation console throughout the year, and because Currys seems to receive large allocations they tend to stay in stock for more than just a few minute at a time. Currys usually only sells the Xbox series X in a bundle with three months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for £479.
The cheaper Xbox series S is currently in stock (£279, Currys.co.uk)
Steve Hogarty26 July 2021 09:11
When will AO.com have the Xbox series X in stock?
Which retailer will be first to break the Xbox drought this week? Let’s take a look at the most likely candidates.
The Xbox series X was last in stock there on 13 July, and was sold as part of a bundle costing £614. The bundle included a dual charging dock, an extra Volt controller and Turtle Beach wireless gaming headset. Bundles tend to stay in stock longer as they’re more expensive and less appealing to scalpers as the bundled accessories eat into their potential profit.
The last drop happened at midday on a Tuesday, so keep one eye on AO.com and another on our liveblog tomorrow.
Steve Hogarty26 July 2021 08:51
Follow the liveblog for the latest Xbox series X restock news
Good morning Xbox hunters!
Welcome to this week’s Xbox series X liveblog, where we’ll be monitoring every UK retailer to bring you news of Xbox series X restocks in real time.
Though things are slowing as we approach August, restocks are happening more frequently now, and we could see more availability this week.
When stock does appear it sells out quickly, so be sure to follow along with us as we bring you the latest Xbox series X restock news as it happens.
Steve Hogarty26 July 2021 08:32
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