Update: The Xbox series X is available at Smyth’s Toys. It’s also via Xbox All Access at Asda and for EE customers. Read on for more details.
Since launching in November 2020, the Xbox series X has been consistently sold out across most UK retailers. Pandemic-induced supply chain bottlenecks, coupled with a surge in consumer demand, has made available stock of Microsoft’s flagship games console a rare sight online.
While the tail end of 2021 saw huge numbers of restocks from retailers like Very, Smyths Toys, Game, Argos, Asda and Amazon, since then the supply of Xbox consoles has slowed to a trickle. When it does appear, the Xbox 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?
The Xbox series X is in stock at Smyths Toys
Smyths Toys has restored the console in stores around the UK.
Xbox All Access is also available, but if you prefer to pay £449 in one go, now’s your chance.
Steve Hogarty8 February 2022 11:39
Can you buy an Xbox on the high street?
It’s technically possible to walk into a shop and pick up an Xbox series X, though it’s rare to find one out in the wild. There’s a drip feed of consoles that get sold online, and when they’re somewhere physical they’re usually pre-ordered only for click and collect.
If you’d like a nice big walk anyway, your best bet is to try your local branches of Game and Smyths Toys, as these retailers sometimes have consoles on their shelves. But these in-store restocks are often very small and sell out quickly, usually within hours.
Game stores each have a Twitter account, which they use to promote the arrival of Xbox stock. This Twitter list is a great way to keep an eye on all Game store Twitter accounts. Meanwhile, the Smyths website has a tool for checking on console stock levels at all of its UK stores.
Steve Hogarty8 February 2022 11:27
Hunting for a PS5 today?
If there’s any consolation for Xbox, it’s that Sony is suffering with the same supply issues dogging all high-end electronics right now.
If you’re searching a PS5 today, you might want to pop over to our PS5 stock tracking liveblog for a quick nose around. Several major retailers are expected to drop new consoles shortly, and Very restocked earlier today. It’s all happening, and we’re bringing you the latest news on where to expect the PS5 next.
Steve Hogarty8 February 2022 10:58
Can you buy an Xbox series X from another country?
Amazon is currently sold out of the Xbox series X in the UK, but in recent weeks the retail giant has restored Microsoft’s new console in Germany, France and Spain.
You might want to consider some of the hidden costs of important the console from the continent. Since the whole Brexit business, importing electronics above a certain value from the EU incurs a set of taxes, delivery charges and fees. Because of the additional paperwork required, many courier services have hiked up their prices too.
You can expect to pay at least £100 extra to buy an Xbox this way, and your Xbox could have an accent.
If you’ve given up on waiting, Amazon has the less powerful Xbox series S in stock as part of a bundle with Fortnite and Rocket League (£248.99, Amazon.co.uk).
Steve Hogarty8 February 2022 10:43
What is Xbox All Access?
When it’s in stock, Game, Asda and Smyths sell the Xbox series X through the Xbox All Access programme. But what is that exactly, what’s going on here, and who is this?
Xbox All Access is a zero per cent finance option that lets you spread the cost of the Xbox series X or Xbox series S over two years. Rather than pay £449 for the console in one go, you pay 24 monthly installations of £28.99 and nothing up front.
If you suspect that adds up to more than £449 over two years, you’d be right. That’s because your Xbox series X also comes with over 100 popular games included. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, the games subscription service allowing you to access more than 100 games on demand, includes the likes of halo-infinite (£46.99, Currys.co.uk) and ForzaHorizon 5 (£44.99, Currys.co.uk), and usually costs £10.99 per month.
That works out as £712 worth of stuff for £695, meaning Xbox All Access is pretty good value for money.
Steve Hogarty8 February 2022 10:22
Can we expect an Xbox restock at John Lewis?
The department store hasn’t had an Xbox restock for many, many months. But don’t lose faith: John Lewis & Partners is still in the business of selling next-gen consoles. It had the PlayStation 5 in stock in late December, so we’re expecting some movement on the Xbox series X front shortly.
The retailer is an early bird, preferring to restock between 7am and 7:30am, so set your alarms.
Steve Hogarty8 February 2022 10:01
Where is the Xbox series X in stock?
Unless you want to sign up to Xbox All Access, the Xbox series X is effectively sold out everywhere in the UK right now.
The console is available via the pay monthly scheme from Asda and Smyths Toys. You can spread the cost of the console over two years, paying £28.99 per month and nothing up front. You get Xbox Game Pass Ultimate thrown in too, a Netflix-style library of more than 100 games worth £10.99 per month.
It’s an excellent deal.
The Xbox series X is also available to EE customers for a £10 upfront cost and £31 per month.
Steve Hogarty8 February 2022 09:44
Very just restored the PS5
Hot pink retailer Very just restored the PlayStation 5 (£419.98, Very.co.uk), a week earlier than we predicted.
However, while the store nearly always restocks both next-gen consoles simultaneously, Very doesn’t seem to have any supplies of the Xbox series X this morning.
We’re watching the shop like a hawk, just in case.
Steve Hogarty8 February 2022 09:22
Xbox All Access is available at Smyths
Smyths Toys has Xbox All Access available this morning. The retailer last restored the Xbox series X by itself on 22 December, with consoles appearing in stores up and down and across the United Kingdom.
Since then it’s only stocked 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.
Steve Hogarty8 February 2022 08:59
Follow along for live Xbox stock alerts
Good morning Xbox fans, and welcome back to 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’.
Steve Hogarty8 February 2022 08:47
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