Xbox Series X stock update – all you need to know
After a long period of not being able to pick up an Xbox Series X, stock has now completely stabilised and the console is readily available and sticking around much more reliably. Here’s what you need to know if the stock does become more sparse again:
- The Series X stock is now beginning to stabilise and you should be able to reliably pick one up
- If Xbox Series X stock does begin to dwindle again keep tabs on all the UK's major retailers and if you're really keen to get a console, set up accounts with them and add your payment details. Some retailers won't 'secure' you a console even if you're the first to add it to your basket, meaning that spending time adding in your payment and delivery details could be the difference between getting a Series X and not.
- So far the most reliable retailers for Xbox Series X stock have been Currys, Game, Very and the Microsoft Store. The Microsoft store in particular has been a reliable way to get the Xbox Series X console on its own and not as part of a bundle.
- As we're now starting to see more reliable stock, the value of Xbox Series X bundles is getting better with retailers actually offering Xbox Series X bundles that save you money. We're hoping as we reach the end of 2023 the value of Xbox Series X deals and bundles gets even better. During Black Friday 2022 we saw Very drop the console down to £429.99 and we hope for some similar sales as we approach Christmas and beyond.
- The first special edition of the Xbox Series X was released alongside Halo Infinite, bundling in both the game and a limited edition controller. The console sold out almost instantly and so far is the only special-edition console of this generation. We're hoping to see more as we approach more of Xbox's big exclusives in 2023 as it's been a quiet year for special edition consoles from Xbox this year.
- Another route to go down is eBay. All the eBay listings you see on Gaming Deals are from approved sellers on eBay, selling new consoles (unless specified in the deal row). We've seen quite a bit of Series X stock filter through with these sellers, typically as part of huge bundles. These are a lot more expensive than the Series X's RRP, but if you've got the budget, or if you think you'd be buying much of what's included in the bundle anyway, they can be a great way of securing a console.
- StockX is also a good option for an Xbox Series X if the console is out of stock. They're selling the console for barely above RRP and will verify everything is fine with the console you're purchasing to give you peace of mind.
- We've also started to see Xbox Series X refurbished consoles with are available for around £400-£420 from MusicMagpie and the Microsoft Store. This might be a decent route if you're looking to save yourself a bit of money on your Xbox Series X console.
The next generation of Microsoft console is the Xbox Series X
Having already claimed the mantel of the most powerful home gaming console ever with the Xbox One X, Microsoft is now aiming to retain that title with their next-generation console, the Xbox Series X. It arrived worldwide in November 2020, offering everyone the chance to experience the latest games at 4K quality at a smooth 60 frames per second. Graphics, load times, frame rate and more are much improved for the next generation of console gaming.
Helping it stand apart aesthetically from all prior Xbox consoles is its vertical height, which sees it resemble more of a PC than a traditional home console setup. The Xbox Series X is actually three times as tall as an official Xbox One Controller, but it can also be titled to the side – your current home media centre is safe. The Xbox Series X will welcome another decade of great games, seeing the return of tentpole franchises like Halo and Gears in addition to all-new ones we know are already in the works.