Xbox Series X UK restock set for this month, sign-ups now live at Box
The latest opportunity for Brits to grab Microsoft's new Xbox Series X console.
UK retailer Box.co.uk has outlined plans to restock Xbox Series X, with a new allocation kicking off the new year through its ballot system. The latest flagship Xbox console from Microsoft remains hard to come by in early 2021, with supply shortages throughout the launch only worsened by current world events. It makes Xbox Series X (and the affordable Xbox Series S) hot commodities over two months after launch, making it crucial to act fast on potential restocks.
Box UK hosted two Xbox Series X restocks in December, with a similar system set to return for January 2021. While the retailer hasn't confirmed firm dates, the release comes in two allocations, presenting two opportunities to score a device. It also revives its ballot system, handling the process a little differently compared to most storefronts, with sign-ups live for a chance to purchase a console. The retailer then selects a handful of buyers, presented with an opportunity to acquire a console without a crazy rush to check out.
The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, like the PlayStation 5 family, remain scarce in the early weeks of the year. That's expected to continue into the coming months, with the latest console generation in high demand, only worsened when we're all stuck at home. Even items like the best 4K TVs for Xbox Series X may prove challenging to find. Xbox CFO Tim Stuart previously stated Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S shortages are forecasted to continue into April 2021, with no sign of interest easing right now.
The Xbox Series X represents Microsoft's best right now, with leading hardware pushing 4K resolution up to 120 frames-per-second (FPS) and solid-state drive (SSD) storage slashing load times. It costs £450 in the UK at launch, but with a more affordable Xbox Series S available for £250. That includes many of the same advancements, albeit targeting a lower resolution between 1080p and 1440p, and reduced storage.
The full next-generation experience.
Xbox Series X is Microsoft's new flagship, as its most powerful console with over 12TF GPU performance and a custom SSD. It boasts up to 4K resolution and 120 FPS, full backward compatibility across four generations, and ray-tracing support.
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