Hoping to get hold of Xbox Series S deals? You're in the right place. Our bargain-hunting team is always on the lookout for stock, and you'll find the latest offers here. It's also worth keeping an eye on the retailers listed below. If anyone's going to get a restock of the new console, it'll be them.
You shouldn't have to look too hard, though. As luck would have it, Xbox Series S deals are one hell of a lot easier to find than Xbox Series X deals. It's unclear why that's the case, but hey, we're not complaining.
- (USA) Check for Xbox Series S deals: Amazon | Best Buy | Microsoft | B&H Photo | Newegg
- (UK) Check for Xbox Series S deals: Box | Amazon | Currys | Microsoft | AO | Very
No matter where you go, just keep the Xbox Series S price in mind to make sure you're not paying over the odds (a few stores have cheekily inflated the cost). It should set you back $299.99 in the US and £249.99 in the UK. If you're going above that, make sure you're getting some games or accessories bundled in there.
It's worth familiarising yourself with the difference between Xbox Series S and the Series X, too - they're not the same console, despite a similar name. Confused? Here's the short version: the Series S is much cheaper, but it doesn't have a disc drive. That means you have to download all your games digitally, which can ironically be more expensive in the long run. The Series S can't display games in 4K resolution either. However, the Series S can still play all the same next-gen games, albeit digitally. That means you're getting a similar experience with Xbox Series S deals to the one you'd enjoy with Xbox Series X, just not in 4K. And if you don't have a 4K TV anyway, that's not going to be a problem.
Ready to start? We've got everything you need to know about the console and Xbox Series S deals below.
Xbox Series S deals
Xbox Series S deals - accessories and games
As we mentioned in our guide to PS5 vs Xbox Series X, backward compatibility is a big feature of new-gen consoles. Microsoft has been banging the drum of Xbox Series X backward compatibility for some time now, and that's the case for the Series S as well.
But what does it mean? Basically, you can use your old Xbox One accessories on your Xbox Series S. That makes a huge difference in the grand scheme of things. Rather than having to buy extra controllers, accessories, or subscriptions, you'll be able to carry them over to your new console. In fact, you can use everything from Xbox One external hard drives to Xbox One headsets on Series S.
Many current-gen games offer a free next-gen upgrade, too. That includes Avengers, Cyberpunk, Destiny 2, and more. Although you obviously can't use the disc version thanks to Xbox Series S not coming with a disc drive, that's helpful if you own the games digitally. It's a handy way of offsetting the Xbox Series S price, particularly if you grab Xbox Game Pass as well.
Because the Xbox Series S is also able to play all next-gen games (digitally, anyway - keep in mind that 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.
Need to stock up on some Xbox essentials? You'll find the latest offers on controllers, headsets, and storage below. All of these deals are compatible with Xbox Series S.
How to save money on Xbox Series S
OK, Xbox Series S deals are still expensive despite the markdown. But here's the thing; you don't necessarily have to pay it off in one go. Microsoft has recently introduced the Xbox All Access payment plan, allowing you to pick up a next-gen console for a fixed monthly fee spread over two years.
Curiously, it doesn't just get you the console. Indeed, you're also receiving 24 months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. Because this is Xbox's version of Netflix for gaming (it provides you with well over 100 games to play, including some new releases), you're set with things to try right away. Especially when new Xbox-exclusive games like Halo will appear on Game Pass at no extra cost on the day of release.
As such, Xbox All Access is a sensible way of getting yourself Xbox Series S deals. Besides saving you plenty of cash in the long run, you're getting a little bit knocked off the price as well - it's a little bit cheaper than buying the console and two years of Game Pass separately.
All the same, bear in mind that you won't find Xbox All Access in many stores besides Microsoft. GameStop fills that role in the US, and Game or Smyths provide it in the UK.
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 significantly smaller than the Xbox Series X. 60% smaller, to be precise. In addition, it doesn't have a disc drive and offers less internal memory (it runs on a custom NVME 512GB SSD powered by Xbox Velocity Architecture, which is about half the size of the Series X's 1TB SSD). It can't display games in 4K resolution either.
However, that's not your cue to panic. It's capable of DirectX ray tracing, 1440p resolution, and up to 120 frames-per-second. It also offers cool next-gen features such as variable-rate shading, ultra-low latency, and blindingly fast loading times. In fact, it reduces loading to a few seconds instead of minutes, so our gaming experiences will change for the better on Series S.
In short, all this means that games will run better and faster on Xbox Series S than you'll be used to on the 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. 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. And hey, if you do eventually pick up a 4K TV, the Series S supports 4K streaming media playback and 4K game upscaling.
Being able to ditch native 4K means that the Series S can be much, much cheaper than the X - it doesn't need all that technical grunt for 4K. 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 Fable, being able to get in on the action for less is tempting.
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.