Xbox Series X stock drought lasting ‘until second half of 2022’

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If you’re hoping Xbox Series X’s stock shortages will end soon, don’t hold your breath (Image: MICROSOFT)

If you’re hoping that the Xbox Series X will be more readily available in the coming months, we’ve got some bad news for you. AMD CEO Lisa Su has predicted when the global chip shortage that has affected both PS5 and Xbox Series X stock levels will be over. And unfortunately, this scarcity of critical components is expected to continue into next year.

As reported by CNBC (through Subway), Su has said that global chip shortages should be over by the second half of 2022. However, Su expects the first half of next year to remain “tight”.

Su said: “We’ve always gone through cycles of ups and downs, where demand has exceeded supply, or vice versa. This time it’s different. It can take 18 to 24 months to put in a new plant, and in in some cases even longer than that. These investments may have started a year ago”.

The comments come as Xbox boss Phil Spencer also warned that the Xbox Series X’s stock shortages aren’t going to end anytime soon.

Where to buy an Xbox Series X in the UK
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GAME – Xbox Series X Console, Bundles and All Access

GAME was one of the best retailers to buy a next-gen console in 2021. Xbox Series X standalone consoles and bundles were available to purchase during previous GAME restocks. If you want to spread out your Xbox Series X purchase, you can take advantage of Xbox Series X All Access. This program allows you to pay for your shiny new Xbox in monthly installments. And you get everything you need to game on your Series X, including access to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

From €449.99

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Argos – Xbox Series X Console

As with the PS5, the two heavyweights when it comes to Xbox Series X restocks this year were GAME and Argos. The availability of Xbox Series X depends on the region you’re in, so be sure to check the Argos website regularly to see if Microsoft’s powerful next-gen console is available for pick-up at your local Argos store.

£449.99

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Amazon UK – Xbox Series X 1TB Console

Amazon also took orders for the Xbox Series X this year. And, unlike the PS5, you don’t need Amazon Prime access to attempt to place an order. Conversely, while this opens up Xbox Series X orders to more customers, it means stock can sell out super fast – so make sure you act fast. You can put the Xbox Series X on your Amazon wish list if you want to keep an eye on the stock situation.

£449.99

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Microsoft Store – Official Xbox Series X Site

You can also buy the Xbox Series X – as well as its little brother the Xbox Series S – directly from Microsoft. The Redmond-based tech giant describes the Xbox Series X as its “fastest, most powerful Xbox ever”. The Xbox Series X packs a whopping 12 teraflops of power, is capable of 4K and 8K gaming, and super-smooth 120FPS visuals.

£449.99

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Currys – PlayStation, Xbox, Switch consoles

Currys is another UK retailer that has taken orders for the Xbox Series X in 2021. Previously, the retailer sent codes to gamers who pre-ordered the Xbox Series X in-store, allowing them to place an order online. This measure was introduced due to the skyrocketing demand for the next-generation console.

GAMING HUB

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John Lewis – Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X

Iconic British retail chain John Lewis is another place Xbox fans have been able to pick up a Series X or Series S this year. The Series S has been easier to stock in 2021, so if you’re eager to jump in and see what next-gen gaming is all about, this might be a better choice for you.

£249.99 AND £449.98

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BT – Xbox Series X code required

BT is also offering customers the chance to purchase an Xbox Series X from the official online store. To be eligible to buy Xbox Series X with BT, you must be a customer and have also registered an interest.

REGISTER

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EE – Xbox Series X code required

Like parent company BT, EE also lets customers purchase an Xbox Series X – this time through the Add to Plan program. This allows EE customers to spread the cost of an Xbox Series X by adding it on top of their regular monthly bill.

REGISTER

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AO.com – Xbox Series X Console Bundles

AO.com is another retailer that has received new stocks of the Xbox Series X in 2021. The online retailer has listed a range of bundles, including additional accessories and games.

ORDER HUB

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The Game Collection – Xbox Series X Hub

You can register your interest in the Xbox Series X at The Game Collection. This specialist gaming retailer has received new stocks of both the Xbox Series X and PS5 in 2021.

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Speak with the cover (through VGCThe Xbox bigwig also said Xbox Series X stock shortages will continue into 2022.

Spencer said: “I think it’s probably too isolated to just talk about it as a chip problem.

“When I think about it, what does it mean to get the parts needed to build a console today, and then get it into the markets that are in demand, there are multiple kinds of bottlenecks in that process. And I think unfortunately it’s going to be months and months with us, certainly until the end of this calendar year and into the next calendar year.”

While Xbox Series X additions are few and far between in the UK, there are still opportunities for gamers to buy the console.

The Xbox Series X is on sale today (Monday, October 11) in the official Microsoft Store, but according to Stock Informer, the stock sold out in minutes.

If you missed this quick restock, Smyths Toys says on its website that it expects another Xbox Series X restock sometime this month.

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