Xbox Series X|S pre-orders UK – Series X out of stock again, Series S still available

After the chaos of last week, Microsoft are hoping that the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S pre-orders are a bit more orderly. Pre-orders will be going live today at 8AM local time, and we’ve got links to all participating retailers in the UK ready below.

Updates: Some sites have continued to struggle, and Xbox Series X is now out of stock, while Xbox Series S is available to pre-order almost across the board. We’ve got retailer updates below. Keep trying and good luck!

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The Xbox Series X will be priced at $499.99 / £449.99 / €499.99, while the lower-powered Xbox Series S comes in at $299.99 / £249.99 / €299.99. Alternatively, there is All Access 24-month payment plan available at select retailers. Both consoles will be launching globally on 10th November, marking the start of the next generation.

Xbox Series X | S UK Pre-Orders:

Xbox Series S available to order

Upcoming Xbox Series X availability

  • John Lewis ** – Seemingly not part of the pre-order gang just yet… 

Out of Stock

* Deposit required ** Payment required at time of order

Additionally, Microsoft, Game and Smyths Toys will be selling the console under the All Access payment plan in the UK. This spreads out the cost to be $24.99 / £20.99 per month for Series S, and $34.99 / £28.99 per month for Series X. This also bundles in an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription, which will soon include EA Play games and benefits.

Elsewhere in the world, the console will be available, or already is available at the following locations.

  • United States (8AM PT / 11AM ET): Microsoft Store, Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Walmart, Target, Sam’s Club, Newegg, and other participating retailers
  • Canada (8AM PT): Microsoft Store, Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, EB Games, The Source, and other participating retailers
  • Australia (8AM AEST): Microsoft Store, JB Hifi, EB Games, Telstra, Harvey Norman, and other participating retailers
  • New Zealand (8AM NZST): Microsoft Store, JB HiFi, EB Games, Spark, and other participating retailers
  • Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (9AM CEST) at Microsoft Store, Amazon, MediaMarkt, GameStop, FNAC, Elkjøp/Elgiganten, and other participating retailers. These will differ from country to country.

Yesterday, Microsoft stunned the gaming world by announcing they are buying Bethesda and its catalogue of beloved studios and game franchises. Bethesda will continue to publish game independently, and existing exclusivity deals and partnerships will remain, but there’s a very real possibility that the next Elder Scrolls game, Wolfenstein, Starfield, and more could become Xbox Series X|S console exclusives. At the very least, all Bethesda games will now be added to Xbox Game Pass.

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8 Comments

  1. Oh well this is going just as swimmingly as the PS5 mess then :)

  2. So that extra cheap Series S isn’t turning out to be as good an idea as everyone thought then? If it’s still available all over the place.

    Ok, it’s probably more complicated than that. Reasonable to assume both MS and Sony will have roughly the same number of consoles available by launch. Sony seem to have had a lot more full-fat PS5s than the digital PS5 up for pre-order (only about 20-25% digital). MS clearly have a lot more of the S than the X available. And still available everywhere.

    What’ll happen in the next month or so? Sony are going to keep making more PS5s available. Keeps the “PS5s are available again. And they’ve sold out” headlines coming. What are MS going to do? More of the X available while there’s still loads of the S unsold?

    Will we have massive sales for the PS5, shooting ahead of the Series X, while the Series S has slow but steady sales, especially next year when people start to get one as a second console for all that Game Pass value? Have MS just massively underestimated how much people are willing to pay and there was no need for the cheap Series S?

    And most importantly, is it too early to jump to conclusions after a couple of hours of pre-order sales when who knows what could happen by November, given the way this year is going?

    • That’s a heck of a lot of assumptions given you have zero sales or preorder data.

      • We know Sony had less of the digital PS5s available for pre-order. Seems to be roughly 20 to 25%, less in some places. That’s from various reports last week from actual shops.

        The only assumptions I made was that both Sony and MS will have roughly the same number of both models available. Seems reasonable, doesn’t it? Sony have already claimed they’ll have lots (however many millions it was), and it seems unlikely MS would have many more. And they couldn’t be so incompetent as to have a whole load less when launching at roughly the same time, could they?

        And is it not reasonable to assume MS have more of the S than the X? They’ve obviously put a lot of effort into promoting that and Game Pass (which is a pretty decent plan, really), and there’s a lot of the S still available.

        I didn’t think Sony’s pre-order thing was particularly “disorganised” either. Some retailers obviously fucked things up by putting it all online earlier than planned (can’t blame Sony for that, can you?), and exactly what I was expecting seems to have happened. Limited pre-orders were available, and sold out straight away. More will appear over the next month or so, and I doubt there’ll be a huge problem getting hold of one for around launch time.

        So, a couple of reasonable assumptions, and some speculation on what that means. I could quite possibly be wrong. Or right. I don’t really mind either way, unlike some people. Hopefully MS do well out of it. Competition is always good. I think it would be fairly silly to think they’re going to sell more than Sony though. That’s not happened 3 times already, and now we’ve got that backwards compatibility thing MS were so keen on, which is probably going to work in Sony’s favour with those 100m+ PS4 owners and all their games working on the PS5.

      • Microsoft and Nvidia both imposed a strict pre-order times for their new hardware, on penalty of reduced stock in future. Sony could have done the same, so can be blamed.

        Everything else is just speculation. Series S power won’t appeal to early adopters who have saved up expecting a $500+ Series X/PS5, but its price brings it closer to a different audience and simple availability when other things aren’t in the run up to Christmas could be MS’ strategy. Also, the US hasn’t gone yet, which is Microsoft’s biggest audience by far.

      • Do we know Sony didn’t impose any strict pre-order times? Or is that just speculation too? Maybe Sony haven’t been strict enough in the past so some people decided it was worth the risk?

        Either way, you can’t really blame Sony can you? The pre-orders went live early in some places, a few people got overly upset about it, and that’s entirely down to those retailers, no matter what threats of punishment Sony did or didn’t make.

        And sure, the S won’t necessarily appeal to all those early adopters. And I’m sure it’ll do well. Not convinced it’ll get all the “nothing else is available” sales for christmas. Can’t see there being Nintendo levels of stock shortages, especially if Sony really do have so many more PS5s than they had PS4s when that launched.

        The main thing is, the S/X haven’t instantly sold out. It’s stupid and completely artificial that such things matter, but I’m sure it’s not what MS were hoping for. Of course, now we’ll see people trying to claim the S and X are entirely separate things and the X has sold out instantly. Ignoring the way MS are treating them both as part of the same thing, along with the XBone and everything else.

        On the other hand, maybe MS aren’t that worried about selling millions straight away. Slowly grow it along with Game Pass and see if streaming takes off for them as well?

        It’s going to be the most interesting start to a console generation though. No doubt that Sony will sell more consoles, but I think MS are going to do better this time. Which is good for everyone. And I’m still tempted by a Series S sometime next year.

      • Well in that case Sony didn’t exert enough control and let it spiral into chaos. They still have to take some blame for not announcing a time and not keeping retailers in check, when so many other tech companies are able to do so.

        The most direct rival to PS5 is Series X and it sold out, so job done, but yeah, who knows about Series S right now? I’m sure we’ll find out. It’s still a very different option, regardless of console family marketing, and I expect people pre-ordering would want the more powerful one.

  3. I knew it would go this way, they sell out and it’s “they’re just as disorganised as Sony were, but don’t sell out and its “there is no demand”. Can’t win with some people.

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