Xbox October Update Introduces 4K Dashboard, Night Mode, and More
UPDATE: Game has stocks of Xbox Series X in some of its UK stores, as FIFA 22 the package sells as Curries
Almost a year since its launch, the Xbox Series X remains sold out at all UK retailers. As is the case with so many other high-end electronic devices, global chip production shortages effectively halted production of Microsoft’s next-gen console, leaving UK buyers wondering where to buy the new Xbox.
When it appears in stock, online shoppers respond quickly, and the Xbox Series X sells out in minutes, sometimes seconds. Knowing when and where the Xbox will be restocked is key to grabbing one in time.
That’s why we launched our live blog on Xbox Stock Alerts. If you’re wondering where to buy an Xbox Series X in UK today, we’re here to help. Below, we’ll keep you up to date with the latest live replenishment updates as they happen, along with all the news on planned replenishment dates, new games and accessories, and milestone events.
Check the UK Xbox Series X retailer stock below:
The best 4K TVs for the Xbox Series X
To get the most out of the Xbox Series X, you’ll need a 4K TV. More pixels make for a better picture, and if your TV can only handle 1080p resolution (also known as Full HD), your 4K-enabled Xbox X series isn’t delivering the picture quality it really can. .
The X series can also handle a higher frame rate of up to 120 frames per second, which older TVs cannot support. So if you want to get the most out of X Series games, a new TV is the way to go.
To help you improve your ensemble without breaking the bank, we’ve put together a list of best 4K TV deals for entertainment, movies and games.
Alistair CharltonOctober 27, 2021 4:02 PM
How to buy a PS5
Overall, the Xbox Series X has been more difficult to obtain than the PS5, with fewer UK restockings over the past two months.
In contrast, the less powerful Xbox Series S is widely available at a number of retailers, including Amazon, Curries, and Argos.
Alistair CharltonOctober 27, 2021 3:32 PM
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Alistair CharltonOctober 27, 2021 3:01 PM
New Xbox software update explained
Did you know that Microsoft recently rolled out a new software update for the Xbox Series X?
Released last weekend, the upgraded software features an all-new 4K dashboard. For context, before the upgrade, the console dashboard was converted to 1080p in 4K, but it will now be rendered in the native 4K resolution of the X series.
The new software also introduces Night Mode, allowing players to customize and reduce the brightness of their TV or monitor, as well as a Quick Settings menu to turn certain accessibility settings on and off without leaving a game.
Alistair CharltonOctober 27, 2021 2:32 PM
What is the difference between Xbox Series X and Series S?
After the excitement of yesterday, it has been calmer so far today. Let us therefore recall the fundamentals and recall the technical differences between the two versions of the new Xbox.
There are two next-gen Xboxes, the less powerful Xbox S series, and the higher end Xbox X series.
All old and new Xbox games will work on both consoles, although on the less powerful Xbox Series S the overall graphics quality will be reduced. The Xbox Series S has no disc drive, has half the storage capacity, and can only play downloaded games. The Xbox S series is much easier to find in stock than the X series. It’s also cheaper and costs just Â£ 249 (Amazon.com).
Here are the details, if you like to compare teraflops.
Xbox S Series Specifications:
- CPU: Custom 8-core Zen 2 processor
- GPU: 4 TFLOPS, 20 CUS
- Memory: 10 GB GDDR6
- Storage room: 512 GB SSD
- Resolution: 1440p at 60fps
Xbox X Series Specifications:
- CPU: AMD Zen 2 8-core @ 3.8 GHz
- GPU: 12TFLOPS, 52 UC @ 1.825 GHz
- Memory: 16 GB GDDR6
- Storage room: 1TB custom WD SSD, optional 1T
Alistair CharltonOctober 27, 2021 2:05 PM
The best games for your new Xbox Series X
If you’ve managed to get hold of an Xbox Series X or want to start building your game catalog for when the console is finally back in stock, we’ve got a list of the best games to buy right now.
The list includes extensive open world adventures such as Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, plus Xbox exclusive experiences like Microsoft Flight Simulator and Forza Horizon 4 – and on that, don’t forget Forza Horizon 5 will be released on November 5.
If you want to learn more about these and other Xbox titles, we’ve compiled a handy selection of best xbox x series games you can play right away.
We’ll update the list as more games are released, so be sure to bookmark it to make sure you’re always up to date on the latest games for Xbox Series X.
Alistair CharltonOctober 27, 2021 1:27 PM
Nintendo Switch OLED review
While waiting for the Xbox Series X stock to drop, it’s worth mentioning that Nintendo’s new Switch OLED console is out now.
The OLED switch features an all-new, slightly larger display with OLED technology for enhanced colors, increased contrast, and deeper blacks.
There’s also a redesigned kickstand and the new console has double the internal storage of its predecessor.
But is the new Switch worth the upgrade? We have reviewed the console so you can make an informed decision.
Alistair CharltonOctober 27, 2021 1:01 PM
The best gaming deals for Black Friday 2021
Black Friday, the shopping event of the year, is fast approaching. For 2021, the retail bonanza lands on November 26, but like in previous years, you can expect retailers to start sales sooner.
With the Xbox Series X still hard to buy, we don’t expect much of a discount on the Microsoft console. But that doesn’t mean retailers won’t include the readily available Xbox Series S in one or two discounted packs. And of course, there will be deals on other consoles, games, accessories and more.
To be in the know before and during Black Friday weekend, you can bookmark our guide to game offerings.
Alistair CharltonOctober 27, 2021 12:16 PM
Can you buy an Xbox Series X on Main Street?
Yes, but the stock is still extremely limited. The two Smyths Toys and Game sometimes have inventory available in their stores for walk-in customers to purchase. But we’re talking about single-digit quantities here.
We recommend that you call your local stores to see if stock is available or if stock is expected over the next few days. You can also check the Smyths website, which shows when individual consoles are available in all of its stores across the UK. At the time of writing, the website states that there is no Xbox Series X stock available in store.
Meanwhile, game stores tend to run fairly active Twitter accounts. These announce when Xbox (and PS5) stock is available in each store. You can follow this list of all the Twitter accounts of the UK Game store. We’ve seen several game stores with Xbox stock in the past few days, all promoted on their respective Twitter accounts.
Alistair CharltonOctober 27, 2021 11:43 AM
When was the last time AO had an Xbox restock?
Electronics retailer AO already had a few Xbox Series X restockings this month, October 12-19. As such, we don’t expect to see more AO consoles this week, but do hope for at least two restockings in November. AO’s website says the X-Series will be “back in stock soon.”
Prior to this month, AO restocked the Xbox on August 3, and then on September 1 and 17.
Alistair CharltonOctober 27, 2021 11:36
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