Xbox 20th Anniversary event time, Halo MP, Game Pass and Backwards Compatibility UPDATES

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Microsoft is getting ready to host its 20th Anniversary event for Xbox.

By clicking play in the YouTube embed below, you can watch the action live on November 15 from 6pm UK time.

The livestream will serve as a celebration of all things Xbox as the gaming brand turns 20.

And while Microsoft isn’t expected to make any new Xbox game announcements, fans can expect one or two surprises.

“We’re excited to celebrate this milestone with you as we celebrate some of our favorite moments from the past 20 years of Xbox.

“It’s been fun reminiscing about all the memories we’ve shared with the Xbox community over the years and we’re excited about what the next 20 years have in store as we keep playing.”

As an OG Xbox launch title, the Halo franchise will play a big part in Microsoft’s celebrations.

Fans can expect a new Halo Infinite trailer, and maybe even a surprise launch for the game’s multiplayer component.

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Interestingly, actor Pablo Schreiber Halo has told fans to expect an update on the upcoming TV show.

With Microsoft confirming it will be discussing the future of the Xbox, there’s a good chance we’ll find out more about Xbox Game Pass.

Finally, there are reports that Microsoft will make more classic Xbox and Xbox 360 games backwards compatible.

If this is true, expect an announcement during the Xbox 20th Anniversary livestream.

Where to buy an Xbox Series X in the UK
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Amazon UK – Xbox Series X 1TB Console

Amazon UK is one of the major retailers to take 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. While this will open up Xbox Series X orders to more customers, conversely, 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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Very – Xbox Series X Console and Bundles

Xbox Series X add-ons will also be available on Very in 2021. The online retailer is known to be taking orders for the Xbox Series X console only, or bundling which games, accessories, and Game Pass membership. Prices for the Xbox Series X at Very start at £449.99.

From €449.99

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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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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.

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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.

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AO.com – Xbox Series X Console Bundles

AO.com is another retailer that will get 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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