Introducing the Xbox Gamescom Storefront
The Xbox Series X is nearly impossible to find in stock online, even today. Eight months after the launch of the next-gen console, supply chain issues associated with a global semiconductor shortage have slowed production at a breakneck pace.
The cheaper, less powerful Xbox Series S is easier to find in stock in most UK stores, but the more advanced Xbox Series X is in much more demand. New stocks often appear without warning and sell within minutes.
That’s why we created our Xbox Series X Inventory Tracking Live Blog. If you want to know where to buy an Xbox Series X today, we’ve got you covered. Our blog will be updated with the latest stock drops as they happen, along with all the news on planned restock dates and milestone events.
Check the UK Xbox Series X retailer stock below:
You can play Xbox Series X games on a laptop
There are ways to play Xbox games that don’t involve owning an Xbox Series X.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can now play a limited selection of Xbox games on their PC using Microsoft’s cloud streaming service.
You don’t even need a gaming PC, just a pretty fast internet connection. Xbox Cloud Gaming streams games from Microsoft’s servers to your laptop or phone, through your internet browser or the Xbox app. You’ll need an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription (£ 32.99, Argos.fr), which unlocks on-demand access to over 100 games.
Fortunately, decent laptops are much easier to find than the Xbox Series X. If you’re considering an upgrade, check out our list of the best laptops in 2021.
Steve hogartyAug 12, 2021 11:36
Xbox at Gamescom 2021
Microsoft will be showcasing new and upcoming Xbox games at this year’s Gamescom all-digital event.
Introducing the Xbox Gamescom Storefront
Nothing has been announced yet, but we expect to see more details around the likes of Halo: infinite and Forza Horizon 5.
Steve hogartyAug 12, 2021 11:05 AM
Xbox Game Pass for PlayStation Now
Microsoft and Sony both offer their own game streaming services.
PlayStation Now and Xbox Game Pass allow gamers to pay a monthly subscription to access an ongoing library of hundreds of games, rather than purchasing games directly. Both services also let you play games via cloud streaming, which is essentially like making a Zoom call with a game you control.
Separated from Xbox Game Pass and PlayStation Now, there are Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus, the respective console’s subscription plans for multiplayer games. These also offer free games as perks. Xbox Live Gold is included with Xbox Game Pass, and many predict that the two will eventually be combined into one subscription.
Don’t know about Game Pass? We don’t blame you. Read our explainer and we’ll tell you everything you need to know.
Steve hogartyAug 12, 2021 10:40 AM
When will Smyths have the Xbox Series X in stock?
Smyths Toys is currently sold out in the Xbox X series, but may have more stock soon.
When the Xbox is in stock, Smyths is one of three retailers (along with Game and 4Gadgets) to offer the Xbox All Access program, a paid alternative to purchasing the console at full price. You pay £ 28.99 per month for 24 months, get Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, and own the console at the end of the term.
The retailer restocked the console through Xbox All Access on August 5. And last week, Smyths Toys in Ireland restocked the base Xbox Series X console, even though it wasn’t available for purchase in the UK.
It is possible to find the console in some physical stores. If you have a local branch, it’s worth dropping by and inquiring about availability.
Steve hogartyAug 12, 2021 10:14 AM
Where to buy a PS5 today?
As we wasted away in Xbox territory, the PS5 was restocked every day in August. These guys don’t know how bad they have it.
Much like the Xbox Series X, the global chip shortage has slowed production of the rival PS5, but Sony seems to have found a way to get the supply chain off the ground and let PlayStations flow. But while PS5 restockings are more common, consoles still sell out in a flash.
To give you a chance to find a PS5 in stock online, we have a PS5 inventory tracking liveblog that is constantly updated with the latest information on retailers who have the PS5 in stock.
Steve hogartyAug 12, 2021 09:50
Microsoft Store sends Xboxes
The Microsoft Store was the most recent place to have the Xbox Series X in stock.
The official console storefront had not been restocked for three months and dropped a bunch of Xboxes around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday night. Those lucky enough to have one received their new consoles this morning.
If you haven’t had one, here’s a pic of an Xbox to relax you.
Steve hogartyAug 12, 2021 09:34
Will there be an Xbox restock at Argos?
Argos last restocked the Xbox Series X on August 5, when the console was available for click and pickup at a range of local stores across the country. Whether or not your nearest store had one was a matter of luck. We believe the retailer could restock this week or next.
When available for delivery, the best way to buy an Xbox Series X from Argos is through the app. You should also try adding the console to your wishlist. You’re more likely to verify by following the link on your wishlist page rather than through the product page.
Steve hogartyAug 12, 2021 9:05 AM
Is the Xbox Series X in stock at Amazon?
Amazonhas regularly restocked the PS5 lately, but the retail giant hasn’t shown such love for the Xbox X series. Boo.
It’s been 29 days since Amazon had Microsoft’s new console in stock, and even then the Xbox sold out in seconds. While Amazon requires PS5 buyers to have a Prime account before they can grab Sony’s console, there are no restrictions on who can buy an Xbox – meaning automated bots and scalpers can get started and store as much as they can. Legitimate buyers need to be particularly quick.
Here are our top tips for securing the console:
- Make sure to use Amazon Smile – a separate website that donates part of the cost of your purchase to a charity of your choice. Amazon Smile receives a lot less traffic than the regular Amazon website, so if there are any issues, Smile should perform better.
- Add the console to your wishlist and then add it to your cart – apparently people are more successful this way
Steve hogartyAug 12, 2021 8:46 AM
Can we expect an Xbox restock at Very this morning?
The Xbox Series X has been out of stock for a whole 38 hours.
So where do we think we could restock next? Very last restocked Microsoft’s next-gen console on July 20, so the retailer is behind another Xbox allocation overnight.
The online store tends to restock between 9 a.m. and noon, and uses a queue system to control the crowds of shoppers clamoring for a new Xbox.
Steve hogartyAug 12, 2021 8:28 AM
Follow our live blog for Xbox restocking updates as they happen.
Hello, Xbox hunters!
Welcome to the Xbox Series X inventory tracking liveblog, where we are constantly scouring the internet for any trace of Microsoft’s next-gen console. If we get a puff of the thing, we will scream so loud that we will set off car alarms.
This morning our hopes and dreams are based on Very, Amazon and Argos. All three retailers are late for a restocking and today could be the day they take their first steps. But the field is wide open and, as always, whatever is possible.
Stay with us to be the first to know when Microsoft’s next-gen console launches.
Sarah YoungAug 12, 2021 8:15 AM
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