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The best Xbox Series X deals: How to enter a ballot to get an Xbox

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It's been an exciting but frustrating time for gamers recently. The Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S are here, but many people haven't been able to get hold of them. The good news is that some retailers have been able to restock around the end of February, and some others are already talking about restocking in January. We've got all the details of where you can get your hands on an Xbox Series X and an Xbox Series S right here, including how you can enter a ballot to get an Xbox in the UK. 

With in-store purchases not possible, your best chance of getting the new Xbox Series X or Series S is online. But even that's been a scramble, as thousands around the world are all trying to be the first to get the console at the same time. Online stocks are selling out faster than retailers are able to upload them, so if you really want a new Xbox, unless you've entered a ballot system, you're going to need to be hot on the refresh button (and you'll probably want to bookmark this page).

Where to buy Xbox Series X|S: Retailers with Xbox Series X stock in the UK

Please note: All retailers listed below are the most likely places to find Xbox Series X or S stock, but due to high interest, the stock might not be available initially or consistently. The consoles are on a first come, first served basis, so you'll need a bit of luck on your side to get hold of one. But these are the best places to try, so if you persevere it may well pay off. Good luck!

Enter the ballot to get an Xbox!

Box has chosen to have a ballot system to handle its Xbox restock. All you have to do is enter the ballot and you could be randomly selected to buy an Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S, with stock expected on 7 and 14 December. Enter the ballot for the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S to be in with a chance.
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Amazon has had Xbox Series X and S stock on and off recently, with new stock dropping without any warning. Not surprisingly, the deals are selling out quickly once they do arrive, but you never know, Cyber Monday could be your lucky day!View Deal

Microsoft Store
You'd think that Microsoft would be most people's first port of call when it comes to the Xbox, and you'd be right. Microsoft had the most reliable (trickle) of deals during pre-orders and we're expecting more stock soon.
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Game has had some stock earlier this Black Friday week, so we're keeping our fingers crossed there's more on the way. In the meantime, you can always stock up on some games or accessories for your new toy.
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Smyths Toys
Smyths Toys is a good bet for an Xbox Series S and X restock, so it's worth checking its page to try your luck. Both the Series X and Series S are currently expected in December (which isn't that far away). Fingers crossed!
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Currys PC World
You might have to wait in a queue to enter the Currys PC World website, but hopefully when you get there an Xbox will be waiting for you. Currys' size and presence in the UK means we expect it'll be getting a restock soon.
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No luck at any of the above? You could also try Argos, Simply Games, Shopto, Very or John Lewis

Where to buy Xbox Series X|S: Retailers with Xbox Series X stock in the US

If anyone's going to have stock for the new consoles, you'd expect it to be retail giant Amazon, especially over Cyber Monday. There's no news yet but it's definitely worth checking back, and being super, super quick if a console does come up.

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Microsoft Store
The advantage of checking the Microsoft Store is that it shows you several retailers at once, saving you the bother of clicking through them all. And surely if you really want to find something, it's best to go straight to the source.

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Walmart released more stock on 25 November, and although it hasn't announced plans for the next stock drop of these hot consoles, we think it's well worth checking back on Cyber Monday to see if anything's changed.

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Newegg isn't the first place many people will go for their new Xbox Series X or S, which may mean you'll have more chance of getting your hands on a console if/when they do drop there. At the moment, it's all sold out, but it's worth checking back.

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B&H Photo
B&H Photo offers to notify you when the latest Xbox becomes available, which will save you a lot of refreshing. It's another retailer that not everyone will associate with consoles, too, so you could be lucky. We don't expect a lot of stock, though.
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No luck? You could also try Best Buy, Target or Sam’s Club

As we've said, many of the above retailers may still be out of stock, as the new Xbox consoles has been popular, to say the least. But if you're completely committed to getting one of the new Xbox consoles, then there are at least some lovely Xbox and gaming accessories that you can get right now...

Want more deals, on a range of products? Keep an eye on our Cyber Monday sales roundup.

Xbox Series X|S release: At a glance

  • Xbox console options: Xbox Series X (4K, Blu-ray drive); Xbox Series S (digital only).
  • Xbox price points: Xbox Series X: $499.99 / £449.99; Xbox Series S: $299.99 / £249.99
  • New Xbox games confirmed: Halo Infinite; Assassins Creed Valhalla; Borderlands 3; Bright Memory 1.0; Cuisine Royale; Dead by Daylight... plus many more!
  • Previous Xbox release: Xbox One S released in 2016, and the higher-end Xbox One X released in 2017.

Xbox Series X vs Xbox Series S: Design

First of all, before all that great gaming, is the look. And there's quite a difference in how each of these consoles look. The bigger, chunkier Xbox Series X is massive. Its design gives off an impressive aura of weightiness. It wants you to take it seriously, and considering what's inside it, that totally makes sense. It's available in black only, with some green highlights. 

The S in Series S, we're guessing, is for slim (certainly compared to Series X (XXL)). It actually resembles the Xbox One S, and we love the black, round grill surrounded by white body. Both are classy in our eyes, but we'll admit they also have a 'love it or hate it' kind of design vibe. 

Xbox Series X vs Xbox Series S: Power and price

Each of these Xboxes come with a AMD Zen 2 eight-core processor... what does this mean? It means that both of these things are super powerful. This will mean significant faster loading time with way more stability than any previous Xbox to date. For context, the Series S boasts four times the processing power of the Xbox One, and the Series X much more. 

As for the graphics processing, the X has 12 TFLOPS (52CUs at 1.825GHz) of RDNA 2 graphics; while the S has 4 TFLOPS (20CUs at 1.565GHz) of RDNA 2 graphics. And when it comes to RAM, the bigger brother sports 16GB, while the S offers 10GB.

Of course, the main difference for many players is the fact that the Series X has a disc drive, and the Series S does not. That's reflected in the price difference: $499.99 / £449.99 for the X, $299.99 / £249.99 for the S. So do you take the less powerful (though still plenty powerful compared to previous models), digital only Xbox, or shell out more for the disc-carrying Xbox X, with the option of selling on any game discs that you're done with? Decisions, decisions...

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