PS5 Restock – Xbox series x restock – live: Today’s UK news and dates from AO, Game, John Lewis and more
Update: The Xbox series X is now sold out at AO.com
Supply chain problems continue to plague the Xbox series X, making it virtually impossible for shoppers to find Microsoft’s next-generation console in stock online.
While the cheaper Xbox series S is easier to find in most UK stores, the more powerful Xbox series X console is in higher demand. It’s now been eight months since the console’s launch, but new stock is sporadic and sells out in minutes.
If you want to know where to buy an Xbox series X today, we’ve got you covered. Our stock tracking liveblog will update you with the latest stock drops as soon as they happen, as well as any news on predicted restock dates and milestone events.
Check stock from UK Xbox series X retailers below:
Can you buy an Xbox series X in store?
Not only do we scan for fresh stock at online retailers up and down the information superhighway, but our diligent network of little birdies keeps tabs on the availability of the Xbox in physical stores around the country.
Finding the Xbox series X on an actual shelf is rare, but it does happen.
Most recently we’ve heard of the Xbox series X in stock at the John Lewis in the Bluewater Shopping Centre in Dartford last week. Before that we had reports of high-street Game and Smyths stores reserving physical stock of the Xbox, which can’t be purchased online.
It’s a long shot, but it’s worth popping into local shops to ask about the Xbox series X.
Steve Hogarty3 August 2021 14:24
The best TVs for gaming on Xbox series X
With all this focus on where to buy an Xbox series X, let’s not overlook the thing you’ll be plugging it into. Is your TV ready for Microsoft’s next-generation console?
The Xbox series X can output at 8K resolution, though most games will only ever be running at a maximum of 4K. That’s the highest resolution most reasonably priced TVs can reach.
Here’s the cheat sheet to explain things – a pixel is the individual dot you see when you get right up close to the screen, and more pixels means a sharper image.
- 720p (standard HD) – 1280 x 720 pixels
- 1080p (full HD) – 1920 x 1080 pixels
- 1440p (a common PC gaming resolution) – 2560 × 1440 pixels
When we go sharper than this, the marketing folks start measuring by horizontal pixels (and rounding up?!) to make things sound more impressive.
- 4K (ultra HD) – 3840 x 2160 pixels
- 8K (just silly) – 7680 × 4320 pixels
If your TV only goes up to 1080p, you won’t be getting the most out of your new Xbox series X. To help you upgrade your set without breaking the bank, we’ve pulled together a list of the best 4K TV deals for entertainment, movies and gaming.
Steve Hogarty3 August 2021 13:26
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Steve Hogarty3 August 2021 12:27
What about Argos Xbox stock?
Argos could restock as early as this afternoon.
It’s been more than a month since the retailer had any stock of the Xbox series X, and the store tends to make new consoles available once every four weeks on average. That places Argos near the top of our list of retailers most likely to restock soon.
The best way to buy an Xbox series X from Argos is through the app and by adding the console to your wish list. You have better luck checking out by following the link on your wish list page rather than through the product page.
Steve Hogarty3 August 2021 11:30
Does Smyths have the Xbox series X in stock?
Online retailers are likely to restock the Xbox series X around the same time as Sony’s next-gen console, so head to this Smyths Toys page to check for new availability. By bookmarking the search results page rather than the product page, you’ll also catch any potential Xbox bundles that appear.
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Of course, we’ll be dutifully monitoring retailers throughout the day to bring you live stock updates, so feel free to give your F5 key a rest.
Steve Hogarty3 August 2021 11:04
Is the Xbox series X in stock at John Lewis?
The Xbox series X is not in stock at John Lewis. Or anywhere for that matter.
The historic department store restocked the PlayStation 5 at around 7:15am this morning. That’s 15 minutes later than usual, and spoils one of our most reliable pieces of stock tracking intel. Until now John Lewis was a 7am restocker, come rain or shine.
We’re seeing PS5 and Xbox stock arriving in tandem now, so all eyes should be on John Lewis tomorrow morning at (or shortly after) 7am.
Steve Hogarty3 August 2021 10:38
When is the Xbox series X back in stock at Currys?
The retailer last had the Xbox series X in stock on 25 June, and before that was a reliable and regular stockist of Microsoft’s next-generation console.
We spotted a small change to the product listing on the Currys website, which happened over the weekend and could indicate an imminent restock. The “sorry this item is out of stock” notice was replaced by a more alluring “email me when back in stock” button.
Does this mean that Currys is expecting another allocation of Xboxes soon? We think it might.
One thing’s for certain though, the cheaper Xbox series S is currently in stock (£279, Currys.co.uk).
Steve Hogarty3 August 2021 10:22
Where is the Xbox series X in stock today?
So which retailers are most likely to have the Xbox series X in stock today?
We already know that Amazon UK and Game are both prepping for a big restock of the PlayStation 5 in mid-August, and increasingly we’re seeing Xbox series X restocks happening alongside restocks of the rival Sony console. So let’s pop those two retailers in a holding pattern for now.
As for the chances of something happening today? Since AO.com dropped its stock this morning, we’re setting our sights on the two retailers most overdue an Xbox series X restock.
Steve Hogarty3 August 2021 10:01
Will August have more Xbox stock?
As we venture further into August, we should start to see a real increase in the number of available consoles arriving on shelves. Microsoft will want to unstick whatever’s clogging up its pipeline as much as it can in the run up to the busiest shopping season of the year.
And as always, stay with us to be the first to hear about more Xbox restocks happening today. Not to pat ourselves on the back too much, but we did predict the AO.com Xbox restock yesterday evening. Pat pat pat pat pat.
Steve Hogarty3 August 2021 09:29
How to buy an Xbox series X from AO.com
Whenever AO.com restocks the Xbox series X, the retailer requires shoppers to jump through some strange hoops to get the console into their basket. The “add to basket” button will stay firmly greyed out, despite the console being available.
Here’s what you need to do. This only works on Google Chrome on the desktop.
- On the AO website, copy the Xbox series X’s product code, and paste it somewhere safe. You can find this code by right click on the Xbox’s product page, selecting ‘Inspect’ and searching for ‘productCode’. The most recent bundle was product code “RRT-00007AO-KTS1”.
- Now navigate to any random item on AO’s website. You’re just looking for a working ‘add to basket’ button.
- Right-click on the green ‘add to basket’ button beneath the random item and click ‘Inspect’. In the panel that appears at the side of the screen, replace the random product’s code with the Xbox’s product code. It’s the series of numbers and letters that immediately follows ‘data-productcode=’
- You’ve recoded this product’s working ‘add to basket’ button to point it to the in-stock Xbox. Well done Edward Snowden.
- Now click the button, the Xbox will slide into your basket.
Steve Hogarty3 August 2021 08:58
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