Pre-orders for the Xbox Series S are on the way, and it’s now only a matter of hours before the cheap Xbox hits the shelves for the first wave of early buyers. That means 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. The specs and price of the Xbox Series S were announced earlier this month, and Microsoft seems to have struck the delicate balance between the two of offering a cheap new Xbox if you don’t care about having a disc drive.
Xbox Series S, previously called Project Lockhart, costs $ 299.99 / £ 249.99 / AU $ 499. It’s the cheaper, digital-only alternative to the Xbox Series X. Yes, Microsoft isn’t releasing one, but two next-gen consoles this year. It’s worth noting, however, that certain features, such as 4K gameplay, aren’t available on cheaper Xbox Series S pre-orders, as that lower price tag gives way to less powerful specs in the budget model.
However, these diskless, next-gen Xbox Series S specs are significantly more powerful than the (now discontinued) Xbox One S All-Digital console, and the CPU, GPU and SSD storage only follow what you’ll see. get out of the Series X.
We round up everything you need to know about Xbox Series S pre-orders here, and dig into exactly what you’re getting for your money in terms of Xbox One S specs, features and the release date just below.
Pre-orders for Xbox Series S.
Pre-orders for the Xbox Series S will start at the same time as the full-fledged Xbox Series X. That’s tomorrow, September 22 at 8am PT (11am ET) / 8am BST. We’ll show you exactly how to get your hands on one of these early orders just below, but with the Series X coming in for a $ 200 premium, there will likely be some competition for Xbox Series S pre-orders this week.
We probably won’t see the same scramble offered by PS5 pre-orders last week, but it’s not clear how much stock retailers will hold for the first few days. Microsoft has announced which retailers will be offering Xbox Series S pre-orders this week, so you’ll want to sign up for notifications whenever possible. We’ll show you exactly where to go first here – balancing likely inventory amounts, potential incentives, and the competition you’ll face in every store.
Pre-orders for Xbox Series S in the US.
Best Buy currently offers email notifications for Xbox Series S pre-orders, useful if you’re looking for instant information as soon as those doors open. Best Buy saw a ton of interest when it came to PS5, so it’s likely to be a rival store on September 22.
As a massive retail giant, Amazon probably already has many Xbox Series S pre-orders on the books. That means there are more consoles up for grabs here, but be warned you’ll have to compete against a host of fellow buyers too. Amazon doesn’t currently have a dedicated page for the Xbox Series S, but we’ll update as soon as one appears.
Newegg was listed by Microsoft and already has Xbox Series S pre-orders in the books, although we don’t see a dedicated page yet. Stay tuned as Newegg might be one to head to in the hustle and bustle of the competition.
GameStop will no doubt offer much of the Xbox Series S pre-order slots as a gaming focused retailer. You may also have a better chance of giving yourself an extra boost. You can write your name down to be the first to know when those order books open on September 22.
Xbox Series S pre-orders in the UK
Pre-orders for the Xbox Series S will also be available from Microsoft’s UK store this week, so you’ll want to be ready at 8am BST tomorrow to receive one of the first shipments direct from Microsoft.
Pre-orders for Xbox Series S will also be available from Amazon, and as one of the most popular retailers in the country, there will be not only a large number of units available, but plenty of other shoppers trying to pick one up. That means there will be a lot of competition here.
Currys currently offers a sign-up service so you can find out when Xbox Series S pre-orders go live at this particular store once they hit shelves. However, keep checking back tomorrow as we also bring you the latest stock updates.
John Lewis has also been named by Microsoft as a retailer offering Xbox Series S pre-orders this week. That means you might also be able to take advantage of the excellent electrical warranties that this particular store offers.
If you go to Very on September 22, you want to be one of the first there. Register your interest in Xbox Series S pre-orders here to receive an email notification once the order form is posted.
AO is also offering pre-orders for the Xbox Series S this week, and again there is no landing page yet. You’ll likely expect a single product page here, so we’ll be in touch when things start to change on September 22.
Xbox Series S release date
Microsoft has confirmed that the Xbox Series S (Project Lockhart) is indeed real, and that the digital next-gen console will arrive on Tuesday, November 10, 2020.
That means the new Series X will launch right next to the more expensive Xbox Series X – both coming just before Black Friday 2020 on November 27.
Price Xbox Series S
Microsoft has destroyed endless speculation about the Xbox Series S price, revealing that the console will retail for $ 299.99 / £ 249.99 / AU $ 499 through its official Twitter account. This is in line with the fact that the Xbox Series S is a cheaper alternative to the Xbox Series X.
Comparing it to the Xbox Series X’s $ 499 / £ 499 / AU $ 749 price tag, the Xbox Series S pulls it down significantly at $ 200. In the US, the Xbox One S RRP was $ 100 less than that of the Xbox One X at launch, while the RRP of the Xbox One S All-Digital was $ 200 less than that of the Xbox One X. The Xbox Series S will be a tempting proposition for those who want games from the next generation 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 on a 24-month subscription basis (giving you access to the latter for the entire duration) for a price of $ 24.99 / £ 20.99 / AU $ 33 per month, without any upfront costs.
Xbox All Access is offered through different providers depending on your region, so if you’re in the UK or US, check the official Xbox site for more information. If you’re in Australia, Xbox All Access is offered through Telstra, with pre-registrations are now open.
Xbox Series S: specifications
Microsoft has revealed exactly what its cheaper Xbox can do in the console’s official launch trailer, which you can check out below.
- CPU: Eight-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 disc 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 1440p resolution instead of 4K on Xbox Series X, and will be capable of 120fps.
There is also support for ray tracing, 4K media playback, 4K game upscaling, variable speed shading and variable refresh rates – the same as on the Xbox Series X. The console is fully digital, meaning there is no disc drive. and has a custom 512 GB NVME SSD.
If you are concerned about insufficient disk space, Microsoft is also releasing a 1 TB expansion card. An external hard drive can also be used to store Xbox One games and backward compatible titles.
The Xbox Series S also supports Spatial Sound, including Dolby Atmos, and Dolby Vision via streaming media apps at launch. Dolby Vision support for gaming will also be the first for the next generation of 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-expanding Xbox Game Pass service (which now includes EA Play for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Xbox Game Pass for PC subscribers). includes). ).
Project xCloud aims to leverage Microsoft’s existing data centers around the world, literally loading servers with the components of multiple Xbox One consoles and using them to stream the games directly to your mobile device of choice.
This means gamers like Halo Infinite, Forza and other classic console and PC big hitters can play on their phones, tablets or Windows 10 computers.
Meanwhile, Xbox Game Pass is essentially a Netflix for games, giving subscribers digital access to many Xbox games. The service has grown tremendously since its launch in 2017 and has more than 10 million subscribers.
Services like Project xCloud and Xbox Game Pass prove that physical drives aren’t always necessary, with Microsoft offering plenty of content for those who choose to go digital only. Xbox Series S will no doubt take this initiative into the next generation, proving that these services can only support a next-gen console.