Microsoft begins testing cloud gaming on Xbox consoles
The Xbox series X is still incredibly difficult to find in stock online, despite launching almost a year ago in November 2020. Delays in the manufacturing process coupled with a worldwide shortage of microchips have brought production of Microsoft’s next-generation console to a juddering halt.
While it’s easier to find the cheaper but less powerful Xbox series S in stock, the more powerful Xbox series X sells out as quickly as new stock appears. Knowing when the Xbox will be restocked is key to grabbing one before everybody else does.
If you’re wondering where you can buy an Xbox series X in the UK today, or when the Xbox will be back in stock, this stock tracking liveblog is here to help. We’ll alert you to 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.
Check Xbox series X stock from UK retailers below:
Will Very have an Xbox restock this week?
We began the week hopeful that Very would have an Xbox restock. But so far those hopes are yet to become reality. Since the retailer always restocks on Tuesdays, we now have our eyes on next Tuesday, 19 October. These restocks tend to happen between four and five weeks apart, and with the last one happening at Very on 14 September, now four weeks ago, next week looks even more likely.
Alistair Charlton14 October 2021 08:13
Xbox stock trackers, awaken
Good morning Xbox hunters!
Welcome to what can only be described as Thursday’s Xbox series X stock tracking liveblog. Sit back and stay tuned, as we’ll be continuously monitoring the internet for signs of Microsoft’s perennially out of stock console, to bring you live stock updates as they happen.
Are you ready? Then we shall begin.
Steve Hogarty14 October 2021 08:10
Xbox stock trackers, signing off
That’s all from us for today, thanks for following the Xbox liveblog.
This morning we had what appeared to be a restock at Asda, but which turned out to be a wild goose chase for countless disappointed customers. One liveblog reader successfully ordered the console for click and collect, only to be told once reaching the store that there was no available stock.
Others have had their orders for home delivery cancelled and refunded, which suggests there’s been an embarrassing SNAFU on the retailer’s webpage.
We’ll keep investigating, and will bring you word of any actual restocks as they happen.
Join us again tomorrow morning to be the first to find out when the Xbox drops.
Steve Hogarty13 October 2021 17:03
Check out some Black Friday 2021 tech deals
With shortages of some high-end consumer electronics and in-demand tech predicted to last until Christmas, you might want to consider getting your gift shopping out of the way earlier than usual.
We’ll be adding new deals as they appear in the run up to the big shopping event, so check back for updates as Black Friday approaches.
Steve Hogarty13 October 2021 16:24
Here’s how to find a PS5 in stock
The rival PlayStation 5 is a little easier to find in stock right now. Demand is still high, but the console is more frequently restocked too.
If you’re not quite ready to give up just yet, then stick with us here to bag an Xbox series X. More drops are coming, we promise.
Steve Hogarty13 October 2021 15:26
When will Smyths Toys restock the Xbox?
It’s sold out right now, but Smyths Toys is one of three retailers to sell Microsoft’s console through the Xbox All Access programme, the pay-as-you-go alternative to ponying up £449 for the Xbox series X up front.
The retailer last stocked the Xbox All Access scheme on 24 September and last had any stock of the Xbox series X itself on 9 September.
Those previous restocking patterns suggest another restock at Smyths nearer to the end of October, but potentially as soon as next week.
Steve Hogarty13 October 2021 14:28
The 20th anniversary Xbox controller is sold out
Last week Xbox revealed a new limited edition controller to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the launch of the original Xbox.
The special edition Xbox wireless controller (£59.99, Xbox.com) resembles the original Xbox debug kit in translucent black and the 2001 console’s original green flash, which looks even more green than we remember.
Unsurprisingly, pre-orders sold out in less than a day, though the pad frequently appears back in stock at the Microsoft Store.
The controller launches alongside a matching Xbox headset on 15 November.
Steve Hogarty13 October 2021 13:29
Asda is cancelling Xbox orders
Did you manage to grab an Xbox series X from Asda earlier?
It seems many customers are being refunded and told their Xbox orders have been cancelled, so check your inbox for any updates.
Customers who ordered to collect the Xbox in store at Asda are finding there’s no console available when they arrive, but are being advised to reorder the console for home delivery instead.
Steve Hogarty13 October 2021 12:47
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Steve Hogarty13 October 2021 12:29
Differences between the Xbox series X and series S
There are two next-gen Xboxes: the less powerful Xbox series S and the more advanced Xbox series X.
They both run the same next-gen games (as well as older Xbox games through backwards compatibility), but the cheaper Xbox series S has less processing power and storage space. This means graphics won’t look as detailed and performance may be a little slower, and you’ll have to use an external hard drive or delete and redownload games to make space.
For that reason, the Xbox series X is considered to be the “true” next-generation console here – but both consoles are excellent games machines. The Xbox series S has another big advantage in that it’s much easier to find in stock than the Xbox series X.
The Xbox series S costs £249 (Amazon.co.uk), which looks positively bargainous compared to the Xbox series X at £449.
Steve Hogarty13 October 2021 11:31
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