Can’t buy an Xbox Series X? You can now play next-gen games on your Xbox One

Can’t buy an Xbox Series X? There’s some good Xbox One news (Image: MICROSOFT)

Microsoft has announced today that Xbox Game Pass games can now be played via the cloud on your Xbox Series X, S or Xbox One console. Previously, the cloud-capable games included with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate were only playable via devices such as your smartphone, laptop, PC or tablet. This new feature means you can play games without having to install them on your hard-drive, which will help free up crucial space.

And, select next-gen games which currently are only playable on the Xbox Series X and S will now also be available to play on the Xbox One via the cloud. Series X and S games available to play right now on your Xbox One via the cloud include Bloober Team’s The Medium, The Riftbreaker and Recompile. And this library is set to expand with more next-gen games going to be added, including the critically acclaimed Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Where to buy a 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 that has been taking orders for the Xbox Series X this year. And, unlike with the PS5, you don’t need Amazon Prime access to try and place an order. While this opens Xbox Series X orders up to more customers, it conversely means stock can sell out super fast – so be sure to act quick. You can the Xbox Series X to your Amazon wish list if you want to keep tabs on the stock situation.

£449.99

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Very – Xbox Series X console and bundles

Xbox Series X restocks have also been available at Very in 2021. The online retailer has been known to take orders for the Xbox Series X console on its own, or bundles which games, accessories as well as Game Pass membership. Prices for the Xbox Series X at Very begin at £449.99.

From £449.99

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GAME – Xbox Series X console, bundles and All Access

GAME has been one of the best retailers to purchase a next-gen console at in 2021. Xbox Series X standalone consoles and bundles have been available to purchase during past GAME restocks. While if you want to spread out the purchase of your Xbox Series X you can take advantage of Xbox Series X All Access. This programme lets you pay for your shiny-new Xbox with monthly instalments. And you get everything you need to get gaming on your Series X, including access to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

From £449.99

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Argos – Xbox Series X console

Like with the PS5, the two heavyweights when it comes to Xbox Series X restocks this year have been GAME and Argos. Xbox Series X availability will depend on the region you’re in, so be sure to check the Argos website often to see if Microsoft’s powerful next-gen console is available for collection at your local Argos store.

£449.99

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Microsoft Store – Official Xbox Series X site

You can also purchase the Xbox Series X – as well as its little sibling 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 has a whopping 12 teraflops of power, is capable of 4K and 8K gaming as well as super-slick 120FPS visuals.

£449.99

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Currys – PlayStation, Xbox, Switch consoles

Currys is another UK retailer that has been taking orders for the Xbox Series X in 2021. Previously the retailer sent codes out to gamers that had pre-ordered the Xbox Series X in store, which allowed them to place an order online. This measure was introduced due to the sky-high demand for the next-generation console.

GAMING HUB

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John Lewis – Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X

Iconic British high street retailer John Lewis is another place where Xbox fans have been able to purchase a Series X or Series S this year. The Series S has been more readily available in stock in 2021 so if you’re keen to jump in and see what next-gen gaming is all about it may be a better choice for you.

£249.99 AND £449.98

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BT – Xbox Series X code required

BT also offers customers the chance to purchase an Xbox Series X on its official online shop. To be eligible to purchase the Xbox Series X with BT, you need to be a customer and you also need to have registered an interest.

SIGN UP

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EE – Xbox Series X code required

Like its parent company BT, EE also lets customers purchase an Xbox Series X – this time via the Add to Plan programme. This lets EE customers spread out 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 has been getting restocks of the Xbox Series X in 2021. The online retailer has listed a range of bundles including extra 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 been receiving restocks of both the Xbox Series X and PS5 in 2021.

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The big new Game Pass feature was announced in a post on the Xbox Wire. In it Catherine Gluckstein, vice president and head of product for Xbox Cloud Gaming, said: “Wow, what a week it has been celebrating the 20th anniversary of Xbox, together. And we’ve got more news to share as we take another step toward our mission of bringing gaming to more people where and when they want to play: Today you can play Game Pass games from the cloud on your Xbox console.

“We’re excited that Xbox Cloud Gaming (Beta) is now available on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S consoles with a Game Pass Ultimate subscription. We are launching in 25 regions with Brazil coming soon. This capability will initially roll out with our November release to a subset of Xbox gamers and scale to all gamers in supported markets over the coming weeks.”

 The surprise news comes during the week that Xbox celebrated its 20th anniversary.

Monday November 15 marked two decades since the original Xbox first launched in North America, with the gigantic Duke controller and arguably one of the best console launch games ever – Bungie’s iconic Halo: Combat Evolved.

And to celebrate this landmark occasion Microsoft this week has given Xbox fans plenty of reasons to cheer.

The biggest announcement was the surprise reveal that the free multiplayer portion of Halo Infinite is available right now.

This free download dropped on Monday, and was released almost a month before the official release date for Halo Infinite in December.

Elsewhere, Microsoft has also added 70 new backwards compatible games to its OG Xbox and Xbox 360 library this week.

Original Xbox games that have been added include launch game Dead or Alive 3, FromSoftware’s Otogi and Otogi 2, SEGA shooter Gunvalkyrie and the brilliant Munch’s Oddysee.

While the new back compat 360 games include Ridge Racer 6 (Riiiidddgggge Racer!), the FEAR games, Max Payne 3 and Binary Domain.

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