THE new Xbox Series X sold out in the UK within minutes on Tuesday – and it’s not clear when stores will restock the sought after console.
Retailers including GAME, Argos and John Lewis have given no indication as to when the high-powered machine will go back on sale, but gamers have good reason to hope they’ll bag one in time for Christmas.
Series X sold out – what happened?
Microsoft released two new consoles – the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S – worldwide on November 10.
Stocks at multiple UK retailers ran dry shortly after orders opened at 8am UK time (3am ET) on launch day.
Boasting 8K graphics and a powerful processor that almost eliminates loading times, it’s no surprise the consoles flew from the shelves.
Some stores have opened up sales of specific bundles in the days since, but these have also gone in a flash as word spread across social media.
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When will UK stores restock?
It’s all a bit up in the air at the moment.
Some retailers, such as Smyths, have published when they expect a restock of Microsoft’s consoles.
Others have maintained radio silence to avoid a mad rush when sales re-open.
Below are links and some dates for Xbox Series X/S restocks in the UK.
Due to sky-high demand and the coronavirus pandemic, most retailers are only selling the consoles online.
That means you can’t walk into a store and grab one, unless you pre-ordered a console online.
- Argos – “currently unavailable”
- Currys – restocked November 12 but now sold out
- GAME – restock due December 18
- John Lewis – currently unavailable
- Microsoft – currently unavailable
- Smyths Toys – restock due this month
- Very – stock “coming soon”
What are the Xbox Series X and Series S?
The Xbox Series X and Series S are the latest consoles from Microsoft.
They’re the follow ups to the Xbox One X and Xbox One S respectively.
The Series X is all about power and performance, and is said to be so fast that it virtually eliminates loading times.
It’s capable of processing games in glorious 8K definition and can render huge virtual worlds not seen in any console before it.
The Series S is a bit smaller and cheaper, with lower specs and no disc tray.
Gamers have to download all of the titles they want instead of buying physical copies.
Both consoles launched November 10 worldwide.
PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X – when are they out and how much will they cost?
Microsoft launched the Xbox Series X and its smaller, cheaper sibling, the Series S, on November 10.
The release date covered the UK, US, Australia and a bunch of other countries worldwide.
The disc-free Series S costs £249/$299, while the Xbox Series X comes in at £449/$499.
So how does that compare to the new Xbox’s biggest rival, the PlayStation 5?
Sony has revealed the PS5 release date falls on November 12, but not everywhere.
That date only stands for the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea.
In the UK, you won’t be able to get it until November 19.
The PS5 proper costs £449.99/$499.99, while the digital edition comes in at £359/$399.
Xbox Series X games – what to expect
Microsoft has lined up a handful of brand new games that will be ready to play for launch.
Here’s a selection of Xbox Series X games you’ll be able to enjoy, though not all at launch:
- Assassins Creed Valhalla
- Bright Memory Infinite
- Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
- Call of the Sea
- The Ascent
- The Medium
- Scarlet Nexus
- Second extinction: Reclaim Earth
- Yakuza: Like A Dragon
- Madden 21
But the tech giant also says that thousands of classic games from previous consoles are supported from day one.
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