NOTE: Next-gen is finally here, and anyone who missed the original wave of pre-orders should be able to buy Xbox Series S deals today. That’s the theory, anyway. A couple of retailers have promised that more stock will be available today (November 10) from 12pm EST, so we’ve gathered a few quick links below to get you to the offers as fast as possible. As always, remember to move fast. These consoles are going to sell out quickly.
As for the UK, only Currys seems to have Xbox Series S deals left. Or they did, at least – it’s now saying you can only collect in store, and deliveries are unavailable (boo). If you’re able to get to a store in person safely and in a socially distanced manner during the UK lockdown, we’d recommend getting your order done as soon as possible though. It isn’t likely to last long, and everywhere else appears to have sold out.
Release day is finally here, and we’re holding out hope for more Xbox Series S deals before it’s over. Because the Xbox Series S price is half that of the Xbox Series X and PS5, any offers are worth considering. With that in mind, we’ve got some quick links below to retailers most likely to have stock before launch. We’ll also update this page as and when fresh offers appear, so keep an eye out in the coming weeks.
Yes, the rush for Xbox Series S deals (and Xbox Series X stock, for that matter) has been intimidating, but it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still try. In fact, our chances of fresh stock are better than expected; as an example, the UK got surprise deals in with very little fanfare. We’d suggest bookmarking this page or your favorite stores and revisiting every now and then as a result. You never know, you might get lucky.
Either way, just remember to be quick. Because of the low Xbox Series S price, any offers will be snapped up before long. More specifically, this is an entry-level console that aims to get players into the next generation of gaming as cheaply as possible; its cost is only $299 in the US, £249.99 in the UK, and $499 in Australia. By way of comparison, the Xbox Series X price and PS5 price are twice as much. Even the more affordable PS5 Digital Edition adds an extra $100 / £100 to the cost.
Alright, so the Xbox Series S doesn’t have a disc drive (all games must be downloaded digitally) and can’t display games in 4K resolution. However, it can still play all the same games with fancy next-gen improvements you’d find on the more powerful consoles. That means you’re getting the same experience, just not in 4K. If you don’t have a 4K TV anyway, that’s perfect. And if you do? The Series S will simply upscale your games. It won’t look as good as true 4K, but that’s not a huge problem unless you absolutely must have top-of-the-line visuals.
With that in mind, Xbox Series S pre-orders are a no-brainer if you want to save money, you don’t have a 4K TV, or you’re buying it as a secondary console for Xbox exclusives. It’s easily the cheapest next-gen console in a long, long time, and of the two new Xbox consoles, it’s the one more likely to hang around for longer when stock returns.
Ready to start? We’ve got everything you need to know about Xbox Series S pre-orders and the Xbox Series S price below. We’ll also update this page as and when deals appear for the Xbox Series S. Be sure to drop back in occasionally to stay in the loop! Don’t forget to sign up for email alerts via the link below, either.
Xbox Series S price – how much does it cost?
We now have an official Xbox Series S price, and it’s surprisingly affordable. In fact, it costs less than some current generation systems. That’s a big deal, and could help Microsoft win over plenty of gamers this Holiday season when the console launches November 10. The prices in the US, UK, and Australia are as follows:
- US: $299.99
- UK: £249.99
- AU: $499.99
Not too shabby, then. And because the Xbox Series S is also able to play all next-gen games (digitally, anyway – it doesn’t have a disc drive), that’s incredible value for your money. We can’t remember the last time a next generation console was this cheap.
Sure, it’s not as powerful as the Xbox Series X – that system has significantly more grunt behind it. However, the S doesn’t need all that horsepower. Because it doesn’t need to display games in 4K resolution, it can ditch a lot of the tech dedicated to doing just that. And when the result is half the price, it’s hard to complain all that much. Considering how many must-have games are slated for next-gen – including Cyberpunk 2077 and Fable – being able to get in on the action for less is tempting.
Wondering about those rumors of another, more powerful digital edition Xbox? We’d take them with a hefty grain of salt. For starters, it’s too late in the day for Microsoft to surprise us with another announcement; the November 10 release date isn’t that far away, after all. And frankly, it’d confuse things unnecessarily. The differences between the Series S and X have already caused plenty of head-scratching, so adding yet another alternative would be unwise.
Where can I get Xbox Series S pre-orders?
Where can you get Xbox Series S pre-orders next? Although it’s a struggle to find stock at the moment due to the next-gen console’s popularity, more might arrive before the November 10 release date. We’ve listed a few suggestions below that are most likely to get stock back in before then. Unsurprisingly, the biggest chains are going to be your best bet. Even though small stores may get extra console allocations here and there, the larger ones have much more pull.
For the US, that means heading over to the usual suspects – we’re talking Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, and GameStop. Thanks to them being amongst the country’s biggest names when it comes to retail, chances are high that they’ll secure a few more console pre-orders before launch day. Just be careful with GameStop; while it’s one of the nation’s favorite stores when it comes to gaming, coronavirus hasn’t been kind to brick-and-mortar shops. That means certain branches might close down before November 10 arrives.
If you’re in the UK, we’d recommend visiting Amazon, Currys, Argos, and Game first of all. Amazon and Game have been the most consistent of them all, so keep a close eye on them. Beyond that, the likes of TheGameCollection, AO.com, and Base.com may be solid bets for Xbox Series S pre-orders as well. Oh, and don’t forget about John Lewis. It offers a free two-year guarantee on its electronic products, and that makes it a very tempting option.
When it comes to Australia, Amazon is becoming a great choice. If that fails, keep an eye on EB Games and JB Hi-Fi. They’re almost certainly going to get lots of Xbox Series S pre-orders in, so it’s worth starting your search there.
If all else fails, Microsoft offers Xbox Series S pre-orders as well. Because it’s the company behind Xbox, you’d hope it’ll get dibs on more stock before anyone else (and if not, at least you can fill up on any Xbox One accessories you might need). However, don’t expect discounts.
You’ll find these retailer links below. Good luck!
Xbox Series S pre-orders (US)
We’d be willing to bet that the biggest kid on the block will get more Xbox Series S pre-orders in soon. Keep hitting that refresh button as a result – you never know, you may get lucky. All the same, be aware that plenty of other people will have a similar idea. Amazon Prime delivery is tempting, after all.View Deal
Naturally, Microsoft is a solid choice when it comes to Xbox Series S pre-orders. As the company behind the console, you’d assume it’ll get more stock in before anyone else. Again, keep an eye on the Series S store page every now and then to see if the console is available.View Deal
Walmart is an equally fair bet when it comes to securing your own Xbox Series S pre-order. It’s one of the biggest retailers in the US, so is likely to receive more stock before long. In addition, you can pick up your console in store if you’re worried about missing the delivery.View Deal
Best Buy is another big name that will definitely be worth watching if you’re hunting for next-gen consoles – if it can’t get more Xbox Series S pre-orders, who can? The retailer also offers in-store pickups for your order, meaning you don’t have to worry about missing delivery. That sort of flexibility is no bad thing.View Deal
Xbox Series S pre-orders (UK)
In terms of top UK retailers for Xbox Series S pre-orders, Amazon leads the pack. It’s easily amongst the biggest retailers so is sure to get lots of stock to offer. What’s more, those quick Amazon Prime deliveries make it a very tempting choice. Just remember, everyone else will have the same idea. That makes getting some backup choices ready a good plan.View Deal
Of course, Microsoft is comfortably one of the best options for Xbox Series S pre-orders. Its online store will presumably have lots of stock to go round, making it a solid bet if you’re looking to pick up your copy of the next-gen console.View Deal
Currys PC World
As one of the biggest names on the UK high street, there’s no doubt that Currys will have plenty of Xbox Series S pre-orders on offer. It’s been one of the most consistent for good deals during the pandemic, so expect them to knock it out of the park here as well.View Deal
Argos should be a great choice as well; it’s big enough to get a lot of Xbox Series S pre-order stock. It should also allow you to collect your online order in-store. That means you don’t have to worry about missing the delivery if you’re in work that day.View Deal
John Lewis is a strong contender for Xbox Series S pre-orders for a reason – it offers a two-year warranty as standard on electronics. Most retailers only provide one and charge for anything extra, so this is a very tempting deal.View Deal
What about Xbox Series S bundles and deals?
Will there be Xbox Series S bundles on launch day? You can bet your bottom dollar on it. There are plenty of big releases hitting shelves around the same time, so we expect at least a couple of them (like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla) to make the grade for inclusion.
That said, it’s worth bearing in mind that the Xbox Series S is a digital-only system. This will limit what retailers can bundle with the console, so don’t expect to have lots of choice from the range of upcoming Xbox Series X games. Rather, we’d expect the majority of deals to feature accessories. That means bonus controllers or Play and Charge Kits are likely to be the most common Xbox Series S deals. Headsets could sneak in there too.
Just don’t expect big discounts, if any. Price drops are tremendously uncommon this early in a console’s life-cycle, so Xbox Series S deals will probably be the same price as buying all the items separately. The only exception may be reductions on Xbox Live Gold deals or a few free months of Xbox Game Pass.
Regardless of what the bundles end up being, Halo Infinite won’t join them. That game’s been delayed to 2021, so we won’t be playing Master Chief’s latest mission with any Xbox Series S deals this year.
Xbox Series S and X – what’s the difference?
This is where things get interesting – what makes the Xbox Series S different to the Series X? For starters, it’s a sizeable 60% smaller than the Xbox Series X and doesn’t have a disc drive. It’ll still manage next-gen games, though. A leaked trailer highlighted the specific tech inside, from a custom NVME 512GB SSD powered by Xbox Velocity Architecture to graphics capable of DirectX ray tracing, 1440p, and up to 120 frames-per-second.
In short, the Xbox Series X is still capable of cool next-gen features such as variable-rate shading, ultra-low latency, and blindingly fast loading times. It reduces loading to a few seconds instead of minutes, so our gaming experiences will change for the better on Series S.
All this means that games will run better and faster on Xbox Series S than you’ll be used to on the current Xbox One X or PS4 Pro. Just remember, it won’t be able to match the more expensive Xbox Series X graphically – it’s simply not as powerful. Games will still look great, of course, but they’re limited at 1440p instead of 4K. That won’t matter too much if you don’t have a 4K TV, but it’s something to bear in mind in terms of future-proofing (on the plus side, Microsoft says that the Xbox Series S supports 4K streaming media playback and 4K game upscaling).
Saving money on accessories and games
As we mentioned in our guide to PS5 vs Xbox Series X, backward compatibility is a big feature of next-gen. Microsoft has been banging the drum of Xbox Series X backward compatibility for some time now, and that’ll presumably be the case for the Series S as well.
It’ll make a huge difference. Rather than having to buy extra controllers, accessories, or subscriptions, you’ll be able to carry them over to your new console. All of your existing Xbox One peripherals and services like Game Pass are forwards compatible, allowing you to use everything from Xbox One external hard drives to Xbox One headsets on Series S. Many current-gen games are getting a free next-gen upgrade, too. It’s all a handy way of offsetting the Xbox Series S price.
Wondering what the difference will be between current and next-gen games? We break down just how important ray tracing will be for Sony’s PS5 and Xbox Series X.