It’s almost been 12 months since the release of the Xbox Series X and customers are still finding it hard to get their hands on Microsoft’s latest flagship console. While some individuals have been lucky enough to find an Xbox series X, most have struggled to even get on a pre order list.
Despite the cheaper Xbox Series S being named Black Friday’s most popular console, the same could not be said about the more powerful Series X. And yes, while we are seeing increased levels of restocking regularity, it’s still incredibly difficult to score yourself an Xbox Series X console – mainly thanks to a combination of eager players and scalpers cleaning them up as soon as they go live.
Let’s be honest though, it isn’t just Microsoft who are struggling to supply their fans with hardware this year. Almost every big hardware brand you can think of is experiencing the same shortage in supply. Whether you’re looking for a PlayStation 5, PC processor, graphics card, or even fridge, 2021 really is the year of diminished stock levels.
For anyone looking to make an Xbox Series X pre order this year, you’ve come to the right place. Our experience deals team will be working hard to find any available stock on Xbox Series X consoles, giving you the best chance of snapping up Microsoft’s flagship console.
Where to pre order Xbox Series X
If you want to keep an eye on all the best retailers for Xbox Series X pre orders, look no further. We’ve compiled a list of all the best retailers where restocks have been frequent over the last 12 months.
If you’re looking to snap up an Xbox Series X this Holiday season, here’s the best places to look:
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When will Xbox Series X pre orders start?
Microsoft officially launched the Xbox Series X over a year ago now, and pre orders have been live ever since. However, with demand being far greater than supply, big retailers have now removed the option to pre order – working on a first come first serve basis.
At present, retailers will only push the theoretical pre order button when they are guaranteed the consoles. Furthermore, in an attempt to reduce disappointment, you’ll only be able to pre order one console each – and when pre orders reach the number of consoles ordered by the retailer, the pre order option will again be removed.
How much does the Xbox Series X cost?
After officially launching on November 10th, 2020, the Xbox Series X went on sale for $499 (£449, €499, AU$749). When we compare this to the original Xbox – released back in 2001 for $300/£300 – it’s clear to see the inflation that has occurred. Pricing has been a little sporadic over the years, but the general trend is in the upwards direction – with the last Xbox One X (2017 release) costing £450/$500.
In contrast, the Xbox 360 hit shelves at £210/$300 – making the Xbox Series X questionable value for money. Granted, the internal hardware has come a long way since then – with the latest offerings delivering 120 frames per second in 4K screen resolution.
Ultimately, in the present climate, retailers can list the Xbox Series X for whatever they wanted and consumers would probably still dive in headfirst – and many do. We’ve seen both retailers and scalpers increase the price of the Xbox Series X in an attempt to exploit the current shortages.
When will we see Xbox Series X restocks?
Xbox Series X restock regularity seems to be in the region of every couple of weeks right now – when taking all available sources into consideration. While on paper this sounds great, with such high demand, it’s still incredibly different for consumers to actually bag a next-gen console.
Luckily, we’ll be making this page your one-stop-shop for everything Xbox Series X pre order-related. We’ll be keeping this page bang up to date with all the latest restocks so that you’ll never miss the opportunity to buy an Xbox Series X.
Xbox Series X Vs PlayStation 5: Pricing
If you haven’t decided which console takes your fancy, the pricing may be able to steer you in one direction or another – or not.
Both the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 are priced the same – yep, they’re both £449 and offer very similar features and gameplay. Like the disc-less Xbox Series S, the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition also doesn’t offer a disk drive. However, the Xbox Series S in this scenario is far cheaper – hitting shelves at £249 while the PlayStation 5 DE is £349.