Xbox Series S pre-orders have launched in the UK, with retailers opening the virtual doors at 8am BST this morning. US shoppers are still waiting for that 8am ET / 11am PT launch window, but if you are shopping in the UK you’ll want to head down to our quick retailers links below to make sure you get your Xbox Series S pre-order in. We’re showing you how to get your hands on the latest console just below.
With Xbox Series X pre-orders coming in significantly more expensive, there’s going to be some competition out there. The Xbox Series S specs and price were announced earlier this month, and Microsoft seems to have nailed the delicate balance between the two to offer a cheap new Xbox if you don’t care about having a disc drive.
Xbox Series S, previously dubbed ‘Project Lockhart’ will cost $299.99 / £249.99 / AU$499. It’s the cheaper, digital-only alternative to the Xbox Series X. Yes, Microsoft is releasing not one but two next-gen consoles this year.
It’s worth noting, however, that certain features like 4K gameplay aren’t available from cheaper Xbox Series S pre-orders, as that lower price tag makes way for less powerful specs in the budget model.
This disc-less, next-gen Xbox Series S specs are, however, substantially more powerful than the (now discontinued) Xbox One S All-Digital console, and the CPU, GPU and solid state disc drive storage only trail what you’ll get from the Series X.
We’re rounding up everything you need to know about Xbox Series S pre-orders right here, as well as going into more detail on exactly what you get for your cash in terms of Xbox One S specs, features, and the release date just below.
Xbox Series S pre-orders
Xbox Series S pre-orders have launched in the UK, though we’re waiting for 8am PT / 11am ET for the same to happen in the US.
If you are shopping in the UK, we’re showing you just how you can get your hands on those first wave shipments just below. With the Series X coming in at a $200 / £200 premium, we’re expecting some competition for cheaper Xbox Series S pre-orders this week, so we wouldn’t hang around too long even though stock looks steady right now.
You’ll find the US and UK retailers offering Xbox Series S pre-orders just below, with all the latest and past stock levels and information. That means you have all the information you need to strike right when you need to. UK shoppers who come up unlucky in their search should keep checking the retailers further down the page, however, as new Xbox Series S pre-order stock is hitting the shelves all the time.
Xbox Series S pre-orders in the US
Xbox Series S pre-orders will go live at Microsoft at the same time as the main console, so head over to Microsoft direct for your first shot at picking up the cheaper console today.
As a massive retail giant, Amazon is likely to have plenty of Xbox Series S pre-orders already on the books. That means there will be more consoles up for grabs here, but be warned you’re going up against a large number of fellow shoppers as well.
Newegg was listed by Microsoft has having Xbox Series S pre-orders already on the books, though we’re not seeing a dedicated page yet. Stay tuned, because Newegg might be one to go to in the rush of competition.
Best Buy is currently offering email notifications for Xbox Series S pre-orders, helpful if you’re looking for instant information as soon as those doors open. Best Buy saw an enormous amount of interest when it came to PS5, so this is likely to be a competitive store in today’s efforts to grab an Xbox Series S.
GameStop will no doubt be offering its fair share of Xbox Series S pre-order slots as a gaming-focused retailer. You might also have a better chance at securing yourself an extra incentive as well. You can get your name down to be the first to know when those order books open on September 22.
Walmart is a massive retailer, but they’re not so gaming focused as to draw hordes of expectant pre-orderers – although it will still be popular today. You can sign up for notifications here as well.
Xbox Series S pre-orders in the UK
Xbox Series S pre-orders are now live, with Microsoft offering up its own early orders via its US store. We’re seeing stock holding up nicely right now, but we don’t know how much longer that will be the case.
Xbox Series S pre-orders are also available at Amazon, and as one of the most popular retailers in the country there will not only be a good amount of units available, but also plenty of fellow shoppers trying to pick one up at a retailer many already have an account with.
Xbox Series S pre-orders are live at Currys this morning, so head on into the queue to secure your cheap Xbox today. We’ve seen new console stock hold a little longer over at Currys, but it’s all to play for today so don’t hold off.
John Lewis has also been named by Microsoft as a retailer carrying Xbox Series S pre-orders this week. That means you might also be able to take advantage of the excellent electrical warranties this particular shop offers.
AO are also offering Xbox Series S pre-orders today, and again there’s no landing page as of yet. It’s likely to expect a single product page here, so we’ll stay in touch when things start to shift.
Xbox Series S release date
Microsoft has confirmed that the Xbox Series S (Project Lockhart) is indeed real, and that its digital-only next-gen console will arrive on Tuesday, November 10, 2020.
That means the new Series X will launch right alongside the more expensive Xbox Series X – both coming right before Black Friday 2020 on November 27.
Xbox Series S price
Microsoft has quashed the endless speculation over the Xbox Series S price, revealing that the console will retail for $299.99 / £249.99 / AU$499 via its official Twitter account. This falls in line with the Xbox Series S being a lower-cost alternative to the Xbox Series X.
If we compare it to the Xbox Series X’s price of $499 / £499 / AU$749, the Xbox Series S undercuts it significantly by $200. In the US, the Xbox One S’s RRP was $100 less than that of the Xbox One X at launch, while the Xbox One S All-Digital’s launch RRP was $200 less than the Xbox One X’s. The Xbox Series S will be a tempting proposition for those looking to experience next-gen games without breaking the bank, then.
Xbox Series S on Xbox All Access
The Xbox Series S will also be available on Microsoft’s Xbox All Access subscription service in select regions, including the US, UK and Australia. Xbox All Access bundles together the console with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate on a 24-month plan (giving you access to the latter for the duration) at a price of $24.99 / £20.99 / AU$33 a month, with no upfront costs.
Xbox All Access is offered through various different providers, depending on your region, so if you’re in the UK or US you’ll want to check the official Xbox site for more details. If you’re in Australia, Xbox All Access is offered through Telstra, with pre-registrations open now.
Xbox Series S: specs
Microsoft has revealed exactly what its cheaper Xbox can do in the console’s official launch trailer, which you can watch below.
- CPU: Eight-core 3.6GHz (3.4GHz with SMT) custom AMD 7nm
- GPU: 4 teraflops at 1.550GHz
- RAM: 10GB GDDR6
- Frame rate: Up to 120 fps
- Resolution: 1440p with 4K upscaling
- Optical: No disk drive
- Storage: 512GB NVMe SSD
The Xbox Series S is up to 60% smaller than the Xbox Series X, making it the smallest Xbox ever made. Games will target a resolution of 1440p instead of 4K on Xbox Series X, and will be capable of 120fps.
There’s also support for ray tracing, 4K media playback, 4K game upscaling, variable rate shading and variable refresh rates – same as on Xbox Series X. The console is all-digital, meaning there’s no disc drive, and has a custom NVME 512GB SSD.
If you’re worried about running out of disk space, Microsoft is also releasing a 1TB expansion card. An external hard drive can also be used to store Xbox One games and backwards-compatible titles.
The Xbox Series S will also support Spatial Sound, including Dolby Atmos, and Dolby Vision via streaming media apps at launch. Dolby Vision support for gaming will also come first to next-gen Xbox consoles in 2021.
Xbox Series S: a digital gateway
The Xbox Series S will primarily act as a digital gateway for both Microsoft’s game-streaming service, Project xCloud, and its ever-growing Xbox Game Pass service (which now also includes EA Play for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Xbox Game Pass for PC subscribers).
Project xCloud aims to leverage Microsoft’s existing data centers across the globe, literally loading up servers with the component parts of multiple Xbox One consoles, and using these to run the games streamed directly to your mobile device of choice.
This means that gamers will be able to play the likes of Halo Infinite, Forza and other classic console and PC big hitters on their phones, tablets or Windows 10 computers.
Meanwhile, Xbox Game Pass is essentially a Netflix for games, allowing subscribers to access lots of Xbox games digitally. The service has grown massively since its launch in 2017, boasting over 10 million subscribers.
Services such as Project xCloud and Xbox Game Pass prove that physical discs aren’t always necessary, with Microsoft offering plenty of content for those who choose to go digital-only. Xbox Series S will undoubtedly take this initiative into the next generation, proving that these services alone can support a next-gen console.
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