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Xbox Series S pre-orders: Where to buy

Our recommended list of where to buy the lower-cost alternative to the Xbox Series X.

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Where to pre-order the Xbox Series S

On November 10, 2020, Microsoft will launch not one but two new Xbox consoles. In addition to the gaming powerhouse that is the Xbox Series X, customers will also have the option to buy a lower-cost, all-digital variant dubbed the Xbox Series S.

While less powerful than its bigger brother, the Series S will still play all the Xbox Series X games — just like this generation’s Xbox One S compared to the Xbox One X.


Here’s the official launch video:


With a retail price of $299, the Xbox Series S will be $200 cheaper than the Xbox Series X at launch, making it a great choice for budget-conscious gamers.

Where to buy Xbox Series S products online

Microsoft:
Microsoft's online store is the official place to buy all things Xbox. It also stocks select first-party games, first-party peripherals and other Xbox accessories. You can access its Xbox Series S page at the link below.
  • Free shipping over
  • Free returns
  • No financing options
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Amazon:
With a proven track record for competitive video game prices, Amazon will be one of the premiere sites for Xbox Series S games, consoles and accessories. You can access Amazon's 2020 Xbox hub at the link below.
  • Free shipping over $25
  • Free returns
  • No financing options
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Target:
Target is known for having some of the most competitive prices around when it comes to gaming. A good option if you prefer to physically pick up products in-store.
  • Free shipping over $35
  • Free returns
  • No financing options
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Which of these retailers offer free delivery?

  • Microsoft: Free express delivery (no minimum spend)
  • Amazon: Free delivery on eligible items with an Amazon Prime membership
    • Target: Free delivery on orders over $80

    Xbox All Access

    Years ago, Microsoft introduced All Access as a way for gamers to upgrade their consoles without paying the full cost up front. To keep us gamers happy, they’re doing it again for the upcoming Xbox Series S.

    Instead of a one-time payment of $299, you can pay $24.99 per month for 24 months at participating retailers. Also included in the monthly fee is the Xbox Ultimate Game Pass, offering access to over 100 high-quality games.

    Xbox All Access is offered at:

    If you don’t want to pay for the Xbox Series S up front, this is an excellent way to grab the new system at launch.

    How much does the Xbox Series S cost?

    The Xbox Series S will cost $299 — an attractive price point for what you’re getting.

    By contrast, the Xbox Series X will sell for $499.

    Next-gen Xbox games are tipped to be slightly more expensive — expect to pay around $10 more than full-priced current-gen titles. However, the Xbox Series S does not play physical game discs, so you’ll need to download content from Xbox Games Store.

    Extra controllers start around $59.99 each, but Microsoft has promised that all Xbox One peripherals will work with the new console.

    Which Xbox should you buy?

    If you want the most powerful console from Microsoft, the Xbox Series X is the version to get. Kiss loading screens goodbye and welcome 8K gaming at 120FPS into your home. Plus, it includes a 4k Blu-ray disc drive.

    But if you’re buying for kids or trying to save money, the Series S could be the better option — especially if watching Blu-ray isn’t your thing. The console itself is also significantly smaller, which may be a better fit for your home entertainment unit.

    Brand-agnostic gamers may also want to consider the Sony PlayStation 5, which launches a few days later on November 12.

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