is now in full swing, but one thing you won’t find during the annual sales extravaganza is stock of either the PS5 or Xbox Series X. Both consoles remain infuriatingly hard to find, a problem that’s likely to persist for many more months to come. The Xbox Series S, though, is in plentiful supply – and there are even some enticing bundles and discounts to be had.
Microsoft’s strategy of releasing a less powerful console may have been dismissed by some as a waste of time, but the longer theremains sold out, the more attractive option the has become.
With a price point of $299 / £249, the Xbox Series S is significantly cheaper than the Xbox Series X andat $449, which are often bundled with games and accessories to inflate the price even more.
The Xbox Series S, meanwhile, can be purchased on its own or with a subscription to, which grants you access to hundreds of games including and to name but a few. is also a possibility if you want to pay for the console in monthly installments.
While the Xbox Series S is admittedly a step down from the Xbox Series X, it isn’t as drastic as some might think – you’re only really sacrificing resolution and sometimes framerate. Fundamentally, you’re still playing the same games as Xbox Series X owners, like the aforementioned Halo Infinite, and countless other next-gen titles that have been released. You just don’t have to pay through the nose to do it.
While it may seem insignificant to some, the size of the Xbox Series S deserves the utmost praise. It’s impossibly small – the smallest Xbox Microsoft has ever made in fact – and it looks absolutely gorgeous in person. If console aesthetics mean anything to you, the Xbox Series S is comfortably the best-looking piece of hardware this generation and makes the PS5 look like it was designed during a fever dream. It can also be placed vertically or horizontally and is completely silent in operation.
If you’re tired of waiting for an Xbox Series X to come in stock, or your a PlayStation fan who simply wants a place to play future Xbox exclusive games likewithout breaking the bank, Black Friday and is a great opportunity to pick up the already cheap Xbox Series S and get even more bang for your buck. It’s worth it alone for Halo Infinite’s multiplayer, honestly, which is completely free to play.
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