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The Xbox series X is coming up to a year old, yet it is still consistently sold out everywhere across the UK. A worldwide shortage of semiconductors, combined with collapsing supply chains at home and abroad, has slowed production of Microsoft’s newest Xbox for the past 10 months.

The cheaper and less powerful Xbox series S is easier to find online, but the more powerful Xbox series X sells out within minutes or even seconds of new stock appearing. Knowing where the Xbox will be restocked next is key to grabbing one in time.

If you’re wondering where to buy an Xbox series X in the UK today, our stock-tracking liveblog is here to help. We’ll update you with the latest stock drops 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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What’s the difference between Xbox series X and series S?

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It’s looking like another quiet day in Xbox land, so let’s brush up on the fundamentals and remind ourselves of the key differences between the Xbox series S and series X – apart from, you know, how one is readily available and the other simply isn’t.

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. More specifically, both consoles can play 4K content like videos streamed from Netflix, but only the series X can play games in 4K.

The Xbox series S does not have a disc drive, has half the storage capacity of the series X (512GB compared to 1TB) 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 (Amazon.co.uk).

Here are all the technical details:

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

Alistair Charlton28 September 2021 11:49

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When did Very last have an Xbox restock?

Very had just one restock in July and one in August. So far it has also had just one this month too, on 14 September. The retailer’s website currently states that Xbox stock will be “coming soon”, and unlike most shops this applies to the series S too, which is also out of stock at Very.

With a bit of luck, we hope to see Very restock its Xbox supplies either at the end of September or in the first half of October, but we can’t be any more specific than that for now.

Alistair Charlton28 September 2021 11:32

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Can you can play Xbox games on a laptop?

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Yes! 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. All this works a bit 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. The game is being run on Microsoft’s servers, then its picture and sound is streamed to whatever device you’re using to control it.

Cloud gaming requires a membership to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (£32.99, Argos.co.uk), which unlocks on-demand access to more than 100 games. Thankfully, decent laptops are much easier to find than the Xbox series X. If you’re thinking of upgrading, check out our list of the best laptops in 2021.

Alistair Charlton28 September 2021 11:02

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The best TVs for gaming on Xbox series X

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To get the most out of the Xbox series X, you’ll need a television with a 4K resolution.

Many next-generation games allow you to choose between a performance mode and a graphics mode. The former lowers the visuals slightly for a smoother and more consistent frame rate, while the latter mode enables higher resolutions and enhanced visual effects at the expense of frame rate.

If your TV only goes up to 1080p (also known as Full HD), you won’t be getting the most out of your new Xbox series X. To help you upgrade your television without breaking the bank, we’ve pulled together a list of the best 4K TV deals for entertainment, movies and gaming.

Alistair Charlton28 September 2021 09:47

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Can the Xbox series X be bought in-store?

Yes, but stock is extremely limited. Smyths Toys has a useful tool on its website for checking stock levels of its UK stores. Right now, only one store has stock, with five series X consoles available at Smyths’s Boucher Road branch in Belfast.

This tool is updated regularly, so it’s worth checking your local stores a couple of times a day to check if any stock has arrived.

Alistair Charlton28 September 2021 09:31

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When did Amazon last have Xbox series X stock?

Even retail-giant Amazon has struggled to keep up with demand for the Xbox series X this year. The website has had three restocks this month, on 8, 9 and 20 September. These followed two restocks in August.

It isn’t clear when Amazon will have more Xbox series X stock, as new consoles are often dropped onto the website without warning. Amazon currently says very little about when fresh stock will arrive, with a note on the website simply stating that it doesn’t know “when or if” it will come back into stock.

As with most retailers, the less powerful (but cheaper) Xbox series S is available to buy right now (£249.99, Amazon.co.uk).

Alistair Charlton28 September 2021 09:14

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When did Smyths last have Xbox stock?

Smyths Toys has had two Xbox series X restocks this month, on 9 and 24 September. The former was a tiny restock and online-only, while the second was only available through Microsoft’s All Access system, where the console and Game Pass is paid for monthly.

Smyths had just two restocks in August, but with the website saying stock will next arrive in September, we are hopefuly for a third restock before the end of this month.

Alistair Charlton28 September 2021 09:01

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When did Game last have Xbox stock?

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Game has already had two restocks of Xbox series X this month, on 8 and 24 September. However, these were both through Microsoft’s All Access system, where the console is paid for monthly. The package includes Game Pass, letting you play games for a monthly fee (included in the All Access price) without purchasing each one individually.

Prior to this, Game had no fewer than six Xbox series X restocks during August, so with just two so far in September we’re expecting more to come before the end of the month.

Alistair Charlton28 September 2021 08:42

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Which retailers might have new Xbox stock today?

We saw fresh stock drops from Argos and Asda yesterday (27 September) and now our eyes are trained on both Game and Smyths Toys. It isn’t an exact science though, as Xbox series X restocks tend to happen with no warning, unlike with the PS5. Smyths currently says new Xbox series X stock will arrive in September, and, with the month almost over this could happen any day now.

Alistair Charlton28 September 2021 08:37

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Good morning and welcome

Good morning Xbox hunters and welcome to a new day of the IndyBest restock live blog. As you all know by now, the Xbox series X is still incredibly difficult to get hold of. We’ll be here all day to help bring you the very latest news on UK restocks of the must-have game console.

Alistair Charlton28 September 2021 08:16

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