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Today marks 20 years since the original Xbox first launched in North America, and to celebrate the milestone, Microsoft held an Xbox Anniversary Celebration livestream today. And it was an event not to be missed, giving anyone who has bought an Xbox Series X or S plenty of reasons to be happy with their purchase. The biggest announcement was the surprise reveal that the multiplayer portion of Halo Infinite is launching in beta today.

This means that the free-to-play download will be available for nearly a month before Halo Infinite launches on December 8. The surprising Halo Infinite multiplayer release is an exciting reason to own an Xbox Series X or S now. But there’s another one, with Microsoft further enhancing one of the best reasons to own an Xbox instead of a PlayStation.

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 additions will also be available on Very in 2021. The online retailer has been known to only take orders for the Xbox Series X console, or bundle 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.

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 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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One of Microsoft’s greatest strengths in recent years has undoubtedly been its level of backward-compatible support.

While the PS5 only plays PS4 games via backward compatibility, the Xbox Series consoles can play games from any Xbox generation.

With the Xbox Series X, you can bring in discs from the original Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox One eras and play them with modern enhancements, such as better frame rates and improved textures.

With the Xbox Series S, since it is a digital console, you have to download these games from the Xbox Store.

Playing a game from the early 2000s on your next-gen console with improvements that transform the visuals, essentially giving it a remaster-esque treatment, is quite something.

And now Microsoft has further improved its backward compatibility support by adding some 70 new games to the library.

If you’re a fan of the original Xbox: 20 games from Microsoft’s influential debut console are now playable via back-compat.

These titles include the FromSoftware-developed Otogi and Otogi 2, SEGA shooter Gunvalkyrie, Red Dead Revolver, Max Payne 1 and 2, Munch’s Oddysee, TimeSplitters 2, and Xbox launch game Dead or Alive 3.

In terms of Xbox 360 games, a lot of brilliant titles have just been added via backwards compatibility as well.

This includes the FEAR games, Max Payne 3, Manhunt, the original Nier, Ridge Racer 6, and Binary Domain.

If you like retro games, or just want to catch up on some classic titles you missed the first time around, today’s news will be music to your ears – and the ideal way to celebrate 20 years of Xbox history.

EE offers gamers a FREE Xbox
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Get a Free Xbox Series S with Samsung Phones

EE is offering customers the chance to get their hands on a free Xbox Series S when they purchase a contract Samsung Galaxy A52s phone. This deal includes 10 GB of data plus unlimited calls and texts.

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Get a free Xbox Series S with Pixel 6 phones

EE is also offering customers a free Xbox Series S when you buy a new Pixel 6. This deal includes 10 GB of data plus unlimited calls and texts.

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The original Xbox first launched on November 15, 2021 in North America and brought with it a number of innovations that changed console gaming forever.

Most notably, the OG Xbox is the first console ever with a built-in hard drive, with rival systems like the PS2 and Nintendo GameCube relying on memory cards for game storage.

In addition to adding a convenient way for gamers to save their progress, the inclusion of hard drives in consoles would change the way games were developed forever.

The original Xbox also introduced Xbox Live, with that focus on online gaming also being a huge first for the console market.

The Dreamcast was the first console to go big in online gaming, but unfortunately after that ambitious SEGA console was discontinued after two years, the torch passed to Microsoft’s system.

Finally, the launch of the original Xbox also marked the debut of a now legendary gaming icon: Master Chief.

Bungie’s hugely influential and groundbreaking shooter Halo: Combat Evolved was a launch game for the original Xbox.

And it’s arguably one of the best launch games ever, alongside big names like Super Mario 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

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