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The Xbox series X launched in late 2020, but since then the console has been reliably sold out across most UK retailers. Despite growing availability of the Xbox All Access scheme – the pay monthly alternative to paying £449 for the console – the Xbox series X itself is tricky to find in stock online.
The cheaper and less powerful Xbox series S is easy to find in stock (£243.08, Amazon.co.uk), but bottlenecks in the supply chain coupled with surging demand has left Microsoft’s most advanced games console absent from retailers like Very, Smyths Toys, Game, Argos, Asda and Amazon. When the Xbox series X does appear, the console 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 stockist 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, deals and discounts on Xbox accessories, and how to register your interest for new consoles before they go on sale.
Which UK retailers stock the Xbox series X?
- Follow along for live Xbox stock alerts
- What is Xbox All Access?
- What’s happening with Amazon’s Xbox series X stock?
- Can you buy an Xbox series X at Game right now?
‘Horizon Forbidden West’ launches on PlayStation today
11:28 , Steve Hogarty
Open world robo-dino hunting adventure Horizon Forbidden West debuts on PS5 and PS4 today. The Sony-exclusive sequel has been garnering rave reviews across the board for its mix of intense combat and rewarding exploration mechanics, as well as being really, really, really, ridiculously good looking.
Hey, guess what? We’ve been playing the heck out of it to bring you our Horizon Forbbiden West review. You won’t see this game popping up on Xbox either, so head over to our PS5 stock tracking liveblog if we’ve convinced you to give it a go.
Read our review of the new Nintendo Switch OLED
10:58 , Steve Hogarty
If handheld gaming is more your thing then check out our review of the new Nintendo Switch OLED (£309.99, Argos.co.uk). The console features an OLED display for the first time, which is larger than before and produces punchier colours and deeper blacks. There’s also a redesigned kickstand and double the internal storage of its predecessor.
Our reviewer said of the £309.99 console: “The larger display is fantastic and playing games in handheld mode is an absolute joy. The kickstand feels so solid and makes us never want to look at that little toggle on the back of the original Switch ever again…this is absolutely the best version of the console yet.”
Where is the Xbox series S in stock?
10:46 , Steve Hogarty
As fans clamour to get their hands on the most advanced member of the Xbox family, demand for the less powerful Xbox series S is smaller and so the console is easy to find in stock pretty much everywhere.
The Xbox series S is a brilliant games machine however, and a viable alternative to the more expensive Xbox series X. The console is backwards compatible and runs the same next-generation Xbox games, but with some of the fancier graphics options dialled down. It doesn’t have a disc drive, so you can only play downloaded games. The hard drive is also half as big.
What is Xbox All Access?
10:26 , Steve Hogarty
With all this talk of buying an Xbox series X by paying monthly, you’ll no doubt be wondering – what is this Xbox All Access thing, anyway? Well, gather round and let us explain.
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.
What’s happening with Amazon’s Xbox series X stock?
10:06 , Steve Hogarty
Amazon has been missing the Xbox series X since early December. Just before Christmas the global retailer treated us to a giant restock – the biggest and longest-lasting we’ve seen at Amazon since launch – which suggests that the well might have run dry again for the time being.
The world’s largest online retailer is predicted to have new PS5 stock arriving this week, so we’re hoping that fresh Xbox stock will follow.
If you can’t wait until then, Amazon currently has the less powerful Xbox series S in stock with a free copy of Rocket League and Fortnite (£249, Amazon.co.uk).
Asda has Xbox All Access in stock
09:44 , Steve Hogarty
The Xbox series X is 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. 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 heartily recommend grabbing a console this way.
Here’s how to find a PS5 in stock
09:31 , Steve Hogarty
Sony’s new console is suffering under the same supply constraints as other every piece of high-end electronics out there right now, so it’s about as difficult to find in stock as the Xbox series X.
Whether you’re searching for a PS5 today, or you’re generally interested in the stock situation on the other side of the aisle, we’ve launched our PS5 stock tracking liveblog to keep you up to date with the latest news on availability of Sony’s next-generation console.
Right now we’re tracking a mysteriously delayed drop at Game. Can’t get anything past us.
Can you buy an Xbox series X at Game right now?
09:14 , Steve Hogarty
The Xbox series X is currently sold out at Game. The retailer could have more Xbox consoles on the way this week, as it’s been restocking bundles more and more frequently as we sail into mid-February.
Game’s approach to restocking is hectic, with lots of repeated drops in quick succession, and dozens of very similar bundles to choose from each with their own stock levels, so we’re keeping a close eye on the site this week.
Xbox All Access is available at Smyths
08:58 , Steve Hogarty
Smyths Toys has Xbox All Access available this morning. The retailer also restocked the Xbox series X itself last week, with consoles appearing in store up and down and across the United Kingdom.
Since then it’s focused on stocking Xbox All Access, the pay monthly scheme that allows you to spread the cost of the console over two years.
This is a 0 percent finance scheme – Klarna gives you an interest-free loan and the Xbox series X belongs to you on day one – and if you’re able to afford it, the entire balance can be paid off immediately without any penalties.
If you were planning on subscribing to the excellent Game Pass Ultimate service anyway, Xbox All Access is the way to go.
Follow along for live Xbox stock alerts
08:48 , Steve Hogarty
Good morning Xbox fans, and welcome to a whole new week of our Xbox series X stock tracking liveblog.
Today we’ll be scouring the retail landscape for the first sign of Microsoft’s newest console in stock, bringing you live stock alerts as soon as the Xbox series X appears anywhere online. So if you’re searching for an Xbox series X today, you can put your feet up while we do the hard work.
Ready? Let’s get to a-huntin’.