The $299 Xbox Series S is coming November 10 and you can preorder it now — here's a full breakdown of purchase options and specs

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Xbox announced the Series S on Tuesday.

  • Microsoft has revealed the Xbox Series S, a new compact $299 next-gen console set for release on November 10.
  • The Xbox Series S will be cheaper and slightly less powerful than the upcoming flagship Xbox Series X, and it won't feature a disc drive.
  • Preorders launched on September 22, and Microsoft is also offering a $24.99 monthly payment option through its Xbox All Access program.

Microsoft's new Xbox Series S console will cost $299 when it launches on November 10. The system will serve as a more affordable version of the upcoming Xbox Series X. Preorders became available starting September 22 at 11 a.m. ET, 8 a.m. PT.

Microsoft's more powerful Xbox Series X is also set to launch during the holiday season, replacing the company's flagship Xbox One X console. Microsoft spent months solely promoting the arrival of the Series X, but rumors have long suggested that the company was working on a more affordable, though less powerful console without a disc drive.

That console ultimately became the Xbox Series S, capable of playing all the same games as the Xbox Series X, at 1440p resolution and 60 frames per second.

Sony has also confirmed that it will launch the PlayStation 5 this fall with a "digital edition" that omits the console's disc drive. The digital PS5 will be $100 cheaper than the standard version of the console.

Microsoft adopted a multi-tiered pricing strategy for Xbox consoles with the Xbox One X and Xbox One S in 2017. In July 2020, Microsoft confirmed that Xbox One X and Xbox One S All-Digital consoles would be ending production, though the Xbox One S will remain in production.

Games designed for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S will continue to work with all versions of the Xbox One thanks to a feature Microsoft is calling Smart Delivery. Smart Delivery provides the appropriate digital version for whichever Xbox console is being used by the player, so they'll have the best possible quality for their machine.

Updated on 9/22/2020 by Kevin Webb: Added more preorder links for the Xbox Series S.

Xbox Series S price and release date

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The Xbox Series S will carry an estimated retail price (ERP) of $299 when it launches on November 10. Preorders launched on September 22 at 11 a.m. ET, 8 a.m. PT. Confirmed retailers include Microsoft, Target, Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, GameStop, and Newegg.

Xbox Series S, $299.99 at Microsoft

Xbox Series S, $299.99 at Best Buy

Xbox Series S, $299.99 at Amazon

Xbox Series S, $299.00 at Walmart

Xbox Series S, $299.99 at Target

In addition to the standard purchase option, Microsoft is also offering a monthly purchase plan for the Xbox Series S via its Xbox All Access program. The plan costs $24.99 a month for 24 months, and includes a 24 month membership to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. You can find full details here.

We'll update this page with more purchase options once preorders launch on September 22.

Xbox Series S specs

Xbox Series X
Unlike the Xbox Series X, the Xbox Series S does not feature a disc drive.

The Xbox Series X was codenamed Project Scarlett during development, while the Xbox Series S was reportedly codenamed Lockhart. The more powerful Series X was designed to target 60 frames per second at 4K resolution for Xbox games, while the Series S was created without a disc drive and is designed to output 60 frames per second at a lower 1440p resolution.

Microsoft's confirmed specs for the Xbox Series S announcement include

  • Compact design that's almost 60% smaller than the Xbox Series X
  • Custom NVME SSD powered by Xbox Velocity Architecture
  • All-digital gaming without a disc drive
  • Support for 1440p at up to 120fps
  • DirectX raytracing
  • Variable rate shading
  • Variable refresh rate
  • Ultra-low latency
  • 4K streaming
  • 4K upscaling for games

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