The Xbox series X is in stock at Currys
There are two Xbox bundles at Currys, and they’ve been in stock for weeks.
For reference, the console by itself costs £449 – so let’s take a look at these deals in that light.
For £589, the first bundle includes the ridiculously elite premium controller, which normally retails at £150, three times as much as a regular pad. While it’s undeniably a cool accessory – you can swap out the thumb sticks and adjust the tension in the shoulder triggers to your preference – you get a perfectly good standard controller with the Xbox series X anyway. Only pro-level players and specialist collectors would bother with the fancy version.
You can also purchase the Xbox series X as part of a bundle containing the Seagate 1TB expansion hard drive for £644. We’ve seen the expansion drive sell for around £190 in the past, so this is slightly cheaper than buying both products separately.
We reckon the bundle with the extra hard drive is the best value option here, if you can afford it. Expanding the Xbox’s capacity gives you more room for downloads, and games are taking up more and more space.
Steve Hogarty 4 January 2022 09:07
The Xbox series X is in stock at Smyths Toys
There are currently 10 Xboxes available to click and collect from
Smyths Toys in Beckton, London.
To get there, get off at Gallions Reach DLR station and hop on the 366 to Redbridge. Continue past the gas works. If you get to Beckton Sewage Treatment Works, you’ve gone too far.
Steve Hogarty 4 January 2022 08:33
Xbox stock trackers, activate
Good morning Xbox hunters, and welcome back to the Xbox series X stock tracking liveblog.
If you’re new here, here’s the deal. We’re constantly monitoring every UK retailer at once to bring you live stock information as it happens, giving you a fighting chance of finding an Xbox in stock and at a regular price.
Right now you can shell out a little extra for one of two
Currys bundles, but if you’d rather just pay £449 for the console by itself, stick with us on this page. We’re going to hunt one down for you today.
Steve Hogarty 4 January 2022 08:15
Xbox stock trackers, signing off
Well that’s all from us for another day, thank you for joining us here on the Xbox series X stock tracking liveblog.
Currys Xbox bundles are still ticking along nicely – the expensive add-ons seem to be putting people off – while Asda and Smyths Toys are also taking applications for Xbox All Access, the pay monthly alternative to paying full price for the console up front.
If you’re holding out for the console to appear back in stock without any bundled controllers and what have you, join us again tomorrow when we’ll be resuming the search. Bye bye!
Steve Hogarty 3 January 2022 16:59
Why doesn’t Amazon have the Xbox series X?
Amazon is completely sold out of the Xbox series X in the UK, and last restocked just before Christmas. In recent weeks the retail giant has had availability of Microsoft’s new console in Germany, France and Spain.
If you’re thinking about importing the Xbox from Europe you might want to consider some of the hidden costs first. Importing items above a certain value from the EU incurs a set of taxes, delivery charges and fees. Because of the added red tape 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, but on the upside your console will have a laid-back continental attitude and generally pleasing French electro vibes.
Steve Hogarty 3 January 2022 16:21
Here’s how to find the Nintendo Switch OLED
The newly redesigned
Nintendo Switch OLED launched in October and features a vastly improved display that leaves Nintendo’s explosively colourful games looking better than ever.
Steve Hogarty 3 January 2022 15:24
You can play Xbox series X games anywhere
Don’t have an Xbox series X yet? Well you can still play Xbox series X games. Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can play a selection of Xbox titles on their PC, phone or laptop right now using Microsoft’s cloud streaming service.
The game’s visuals are streamed to you over the internet almost instantaneously, so you don’t need a gaming PC, just a fast enough connection. Xbox Cloud Gaming streams games from Microsoft’s servers to a bunch of compatible devices, including the previous generation Xbox consoles. Cloud gaming requires a membership to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (£32.99,
Argos.co.uk), which unlocks on-demand access to more than 100 games.
Steve Hogarty 3 January 2022 14:29
What’s the best VPN for the Xbox?
A virtual private network can trick websites and streaming platforms into thinking you’re logging in from a country of your choosing, which means you can access TV shows and movies not normally available in your region. They’re also useful for hiding your browsing habits from your ISP or network operator, allowing you to bypass firewalls, censorship and other restrictions.
You might not think this matters much for the Xbox series X, but with the wealth of streaming apps available on the machine, it’s worth considering getting a VPN that plays nicely with the console. You can’t install a VPN directly to an Xbox series X, but you can install one on your laptop and route your console’s internet connection through that. You can also install some VPNs on routers to cover all of your devices in one go.
A slow VPN will really impact your ping during online gaming, so to keep your Xbox series X running at peak performance you’ll want to make sure the VPN you choose is fast and responsive enough to avoid lag and dropouts when playing online. Check out our
round-up of the best VPNs for torrenting, streaming and gaming.
The best VPN services on your iPhone, Firestick, Android and more in the UK for Netflix and streaming, including ProtonVPN, ExpressVPN, NordVPN and CyberGhost
Steve Hogarty 3 January 2022 13:31
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Steve Hogarty 3 January 2022 12:30
Hunting for a PS5 this January?
People like to refer to the PlayStation 5 as the “rival” next-generation console to the Xbox series X, but we prefer to think of them as old friends. One thing they have in common is their relative scarcity, as Sony’s next-generation console struggles with precisely the same supply chain issues as Microsoft’s own machine.
Over on the
PS5 stock tracking liveblog we’re tracking the availability of the giant white monolith, so head over there for the latest tips on where it might appear next.
Steve Hogarty 3 January 2022 11:30