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- On November 10, Microsoft released the Xbox Series S, a new $300 next-gen console without a disc-drive
- Best Buy announced that the Xbox Series S would be restocked on December 15, though it's unclear what time they'll go on sale.
- Though stock continues to be sold out at most retailers, we'll update this page with new purchase options as they become available.
- Microsoft is also offering a $24.99 monthly payment option through its Xbox All Access program.
- For more Xbox coverage, check out our full reviews of the Xbox Series S and the Xbox Series X.
The Xbox Series S, the entry-level version of Microsoft's next-gen video game console, launched on November 10 for $300. The Series S serves as a more affordable alternative to the $500 Xbox Series X.
Both new Xbox consoles have been consistently sold out since release, though retailers continue to make new stock available online each week. Most retailers are requiring Xbox Series S orders to be made online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Best Buy announced that the Xbox Series S would be restocked on December 15, though it's unclear what time they'll be available.
The Xbox Series S|X replace Microsoft's Xbox One consoles, though they will continue to share games in the coming years. Microsoft revealed the Series S in August after solely promoting the Series X for months, but rumors long suggested that the company was working on a more affordable, though less powerful console without a disc drive.
Despite being designed as an entry-level machine, the Xbox Series S is capable of playing all the same games as the Xbox Series X, at 1440p resolution and 60 frames per second.
Preorders and launch day inventory for the Xbox Series S and Series X sold out quickly, but retailers will likely add more stock over the coming weeks..
Updated on 12/15/2020 by Kevin Webb: Added new details about Xbox Series S availability.
Xbox Series S price and release date
The $300 Xbox Series S is now available. Preorders launched in September but inventory has been limited since the console's release on November 10.
Confirmed retailers include Microsoft, Target, Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, GameStop, and Newegg. Though launch day stock is sold out at most stores, retailers have regularly added more inventory online as it comes in. Check out the links below to see current availability at each store.
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.
Xbox Series S specs
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 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