Xbox series X stock – live: today’s UK news on the replenishment of Argos, Smyths, Game and more

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More retailers are expected to drop this week

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The Xbox Series X launched a year ago, quickly becoming Microsoft’s best-selling console. But despite its success, the next-gen gaming machine is still hard to find in stock anywhere in the UK, both online and in physical stores.

Bottlenecks in the manufacturing process and a global semiconductor shortage have slowed production of the latest Xbox to a snail’s pace, leaving UK buyers wondering where they can get their hands on one.

The less powerful Xbox S series is easier to find in stock, but the more advanced X series is more in demand and typically sells out within minutes of going on sale. Knowing when and where the most recent console will be restocked is key to grabbing one before it sells out again.

That’s why we launched our live blog on Xbox Stock Alerts, and if you’re wondering where to buy an Xbox Series X in the UK today before Christmas, we’re here to help. Below, we’ll keep you up to date with the latest live replenishment updates as they happen, along with all the news on planned replenishment dates, new games and accessories, and milestone events.

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Check the UK Xbox Series X retailer stock below:

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Can you buy an Xbox directly from Microsoft?

Normally yes, but at the moment the Microsoft Store currently has no stock of Xbox Series Xs. The consoles were last available on Microsoft’s website on December 7th, and before that we witnessed a restocking on November 30.

There is no sign as to when more of the X Series will be available from Microsoft, but the cheaper, less powerful S Series is available for purchase now, as it is at most other retailers.

Steve hogartyDecember 8, 2021 11:31

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Is Tesco selling the Xbox Series X?

The country’s largest retailer – and infamous where one in ten pound is spent in UK stores – Surely Tesco would have to order an entire container ship of Xbox Series X consoles to supply its thousands of stores across national.

But that’s not how the world works. The retail goliath hasn’t sold a single console since we posted this liveblog here, having apparently refocused its efforts on selling products that are easier to keep in stock, such as guardians of the galaxy (£ 50, Tesco.co.uk), Far cry 6 (£ 54, Tesco.co.uk) and two-kilogram bags of cat food (£ 4.25, Tesco.co.uk).

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If we were to speculate, we would assume that Tesco’s size works against it. The costs of negotiating with vendors for an allowance of gaming consoles that wouldn’t cover even a fraction of Tesco’s stores might not be worth it.

Steve hogartyDecember 8, 2021 10:44 AM

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Xbox series X is in stock at select Argos stores

While not available for purchase online, today we hear reports of inventory available at physical Argos stores on Main Street. Specifically in Sheffield, but this will likely be the case in many other branches in the UK.

Visit your local store if you pass by and educate yourself.

Steve hogartyDecember 8, 2021 10:10 AM

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When will Smyths Toys restock the Xbox?

It’s completely sold out right now, but Smyths Toys is one of three retailers selling Microsoft’s console through the Xbox All Access program, the monthly alternative to the £ 449 upfront payment for the Xbox Series X.

The retailer last stocked the program on Friday last week and had no inventory of the fully paid Xbox X series on November 20.

Smyths Toys likes to blind analysts with random restockings, but based on what we know from the retailer, we pretty much expect a further drop in 2021.

Steve hogartyDecember 8, 2021 9:52 AM

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What is the Xbox inventory situation today?

If you are unlucky enough to be a lifelong reader of the liveblog, you will experience the exercise this morning. But for those who have just joined us, let’s get up to speed.

Xbox Series X is currently sold out across the board.

Restocking takes place three or four times a week. Most often, the console is sold through the Xbox All Access program, the monthly payment program that looks a bit like a phone contract.

Xbox Series X is often resold online at dramatically inflated prices by unscrupulous resellers looking to make a quick profit. The practice hurts legitimate customers looking to buy the console for a fair price, so we do not cover stock availability at auction sites and thrift stores.

The console can appear anywhere and without warning, so stay with us today to be the first to know when the Xbox Series X goes live.

Steve hogartyDecember 8, 2021 9:32 AM

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Here’s how to find a PS5 in stock

Want to buy a PlayStation 5 today? Well, you’re in luck because Amazon is reportedly set to drop more consoles this morning.

Steve hogartyDecember 8, 2021 9:16 AM

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Launch of “Halo Infinite” today

Master Chief in ‘Halo Infinite’

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The long-awaited entry of a new generation into the Halo The series launches on Xbox Series X today. Infinite halo (£ 54.99, Very.co.uk) had been delayed for a year due to the pandemic, before landing on December 8.

Steve hogartyDecember 8, 2021 8:52 AM

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Who will restock the Xbox Series X next?

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So with the Xbox sold out again and Very and Currys only having restocked yesterday, where do we think we see Microsoft’s next-gen console appear next?

Our patented inventory tracking algorithm predicts Amazon. That’s a vague prediction, but right now it tops the list of retailers most likely to restock the Xbox next.

It’s been two weeks since Amazon last sold an Xbox, and the retailer is giving up inventory every three weeks on average. We keep our eyes open and our mouse clicking fingers balanced.

Steve hogartyDecember 8, 2021 8:36 AM

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Follow live Xbox stock updates

Hello and welcome to the Xbox Series X inventory tracking liveblog.

Right now the Xbox is sold out across the board, but as always we are stubbornly scouring the internet for any sightings of Microsoft’s new console. With Christmas looming on the horizon, we hope to see additional consoles offered by retailers in the remaining few weeks. Keep an eye out on this liveblog, as we’ll be posting all the latest Xbox UK restocking news as soon as we get it.

Steve hogartyDecember 8, 2021 8:15 AM

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Xbox action trackers, sign out

Well that’s all about us, we are lowering the inventory tracking tools for the rest of the evening.

Hope you managed to get a console from Currys or Very early in the day, and you won’t be obscuring our door with your relentless need for Xbox.

We’re nearing the last drops before Christmas, so if you’re still trying to get Microsoft’s latest gaming machine under the tree, we recommend that you join us again tomorrow when we resume hunting.

Steve hogartyDecember 7, 2021 4:49 PM

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