Pre-orders for the Xbox Series S are on the way, and it’s only a matter of hours before the cheap Xbox hits shelves for the first wave of early buyers. That said, it’s time to get ready for the big day, and with Xbox Series X pre-orders getting significantly more expensive, there will be some competition out there. The specs and price for the Xbox Series S were revealed earlier this month, and Microsoft seems to have struck the delicate balance between the two in offering a cheap new Xbox if a drive isn’t your thing.
The Xbox Series S, previously referred to as Project Lockhart, is priced at $ 299.99 / £ 249.99 / AU $ 499. It’s the cheaper, all-digital alternative to the Xbox Series X. Yes, Microsoft isn̵
However, these next-gen disc-free Xbox Series S specs are far more capable than the (now-discontinued) Xbox One S All-Digital console, and the storage for CPU, GPU, and solid-state disc drives is just on par Your requirements Get from the X series.
We wrap up everything you need to know about pre-order for Xbox Series S here, and go into more detail on what exactly you get for your money in terms of Xbox One S specs, features, and release date below.
Xbox Series S pre-orders
The pre-orders for the Xbox Series S will start at the same time as the full Xbox Series X. That’s tomorrow, September 22nd, at 8 a.m. PT (11 a.m. ET) / 8 a.m. BST. We’re going to show you exactly how to get one of those early orders, but since the X Series comes at a $ 200 premium, there will likely be a pre-order contest for the Xbox S Series this week.
We probably won’t see the same mess that PS5 preorders made last week, but there’s no telling how much stock traders will hold in the first few days. Microsoft has announced which retailers will be offering pre-orders for the Xbox Series S this week. So you should sign up for notifications wherever you can. We’re going to show you exactly where to go first here – balancing the likely inventory levels, potential incentives, and the competition you will face in any store.
Xbox Series S pre-orders in the US
Xbox Series S pre-orders go live at Microsoft at the same time as the main console. So contact Microsoft directly to buy the cheapest console this week.
Best Buy currently offers email notifications for pre-orders for the Xbox Series S. This is helpful in instantly looking for information as soon as these doors open. Best Buy generated tremendous interest on PS5, so this should be a competitive deal starting September 22nd.
As a massive retail giant, Amazon likely already has plenty of pre-orders for the Xbox Series S on the books. That means there are more consoles up for grabs here, but be warned that you will also be facing a large number of fellow buyers. Amazon doesn’t currently have a dedicated page for the Xbox Series S, but we’ll update it as soon as one comes up.
Newegg has been listed by Microsoft and already has pre-orders for the Xbox Series S in the books, although we don’t see a site of their own yet. Stay tuned because Newegg might be someone you should go to in the rush of competition.
GameStop will no doubt offer its fair share of Xbox Series S pre-order slots as a game-focused retailer. You may also have a better chance of securing an additional incentive. You can write down your name to be the first to know when these order books are open on September 22nd.
Walmart is a huge retailer, but they’re not so game-oriented that they’ll attract hordes of expectant pre-orders on September 22nd. You can also sign up for notifications here.
Xbox Series S pre-orders in the UK
Pre-orders for the Xbox Series S are also available this week from Microsoft’s UK store. So you should be ready to receive one of the first shipments from Microsoft Direct at 8 a.m. CET tomorrow.
Pre-orders for the Xbox Series S are also available on Amazon. As one of the most popular retailers in the country, not only will there be a good number of units available, but there will be plenty of other shoppers trying to pick one up too. That means there will be strong competition here.
Currys is currently offering a log-in notification service so you can find out when pre-orders for the Xbox Series S will go online at this particular retailer once they hit shelves. But keep checking back tomorrow, as we will also bring you the latest stock updates.
John Lewis was also named by Microsoft as a pre-order retailer for the Xbox Series S this week. That means you may also be able to take advantage of the great electrical warranties that this particular shop offers.
When you go to Very on September 22nd, you want to be one of the first. Register your interest in Xbox Series S pre-orders here to receive an email notification as soon as the order form is posted.
AO is also offering pre-orders for the Xbox Series S this week, and there isn’t a landing page yet. It is likely that a single product page is expected here. So we’ll keep in touch if things change on September 22nd.
Xbox Series S release date.
Microsoft has confirmed that the Xbox Series S (Project Lockhart) is indeed real and that the next-gen digital-only console will arrive on Tuesday, November 10, 2020.
That means the new X Series will be launched right next to the more expensive Xbox Series X – both coming just before Black Friday 2020 on November 27th.
Xbox Series S price
Quenching the endless speculation about the price of the Xbox Series S, Microsoft has revealed that the console will retail for $ 299.99 / £ 249.99 / AU $ 499 through its official Twitter account. This corresponds to the Xbox Series S as a cheaper alternative to the Xbox Series X.
If we compare it to the Xbox Series X price of $ 499 / £ 499 / AU $ 749, the Xbox Series S undercuts it significantly by $ 200. In the US, the Xbox One S launched an MSRP of $ 100 lower than the Xbox One X, while the Xbox One S All-Digital had an MSRP of $ 200 lower than the Xbox One X. The Xbox Series S will be a tempting proposition for those who want to experience next generation gaming without breaking the bank.
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 the console with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate in a 24-month plan (which allows you to access the latter for the duration) at a price of USD 24.99 / £ 20.99 / AU $ 33 per month without Upfront costs.
Xbox All Access is offered through different providers depending on the region. So if you are in the UK or the US, you should check the Xbox official website for more information. If you are in Australia, Xbox All Access is offered through Telstra. Pre-registrations are now possible.
Xbox Series S: specifications
Microsoft has shown exactly what its cheaper Xbox can do in the console’s official launch trailer, which you can watch below.
- CPU: 8 core 3.6 GHz (3.4 GHz with SMT) custom AMD 7nm
- GPU: 4 teraflops at 1.550 GHz
- RAM: 10 GB GDDR6
- Frame rate: up to 120 fps
- Resolution: 1440p with 4K upscaling
- Optical: No hard disk drive
- Storage: 512 GB NVMe SSD
The Xbox Series S is up to 60% smaller than the Xbox Series X, making it the smallest Xbox ever made. Games target a resolution of 1440p instead of 4K on Xbox Series X and can handle 120fps.
There’s also support for ray tracing, 4K media playback, 4K game upscaling, variable rate shading, and variable refresh rates – just like with Xbox Series X. The console is completely digital, meaning there is no drive and has a custom NVME 512 GB SSD.
If you’re concerned about running out of 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 also supports spatial sound, including Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision, through streaming media apps at launch. Dolby Vision support for games will also be number one for 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 the ever-growing Xbox Game Pass service (which is now also EA Play for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Xbox Game Pass for PC subscribers).
Project xCloud aims to leverage Microsoft’s existing data centers around the world, literally load servers with the components of multiple Xbox One consoles, and use them to run the games streamed directly to the mobile device of your choice.
This means gamers can play Halo Infinite, Forza, and other classic console and PC hitters on their phones, tablets, or Windows 10 computers.
Now, Xbox Game Pass is essentially a Netflix for games that gives subscribers digital access to many Xbox games. The service has grown massively since its launch in 2017 and has over 10 million subscribers.
Services like Project xCloud and Xbox Game Pass prove that physical disks are not always required. Microsoft offers a wide range of content for those who opt for pure digitization. The Xbox Series S will no doubt take that initiative into the next generation, proving that these services alone can support a next-generation console.