Update: UK pre-orders are live, but stock is unsurprisingly limited. If you’re struggling to find one, keep trying, and check back here – we’ll be keeping this article up to date with the latest stock news.
The Xbox Series S is here – well, not here here, but pre-orders have officially kicked off in the UK and Europe, with the US set to follow suit in a few hours.
As is the case with the Xbox One, Microsoft’s next-gen console lineup will be split into two. While the high-end Xbox Series X will cater to want the very best hardware, the Series S aims to provide the same core experience at a fraction of the cost.
The main compromise here is the lack of disk drive, which means all games must be downloaded and played digitally. It’s also slightly less powerful than the Series X, as well as missing out on full 4K support.
However, the console is also around 60% smaller than its bigger brother, with a slimmer, shorter chassis making it more portable.
How much is the Xbox Series S?
When we said it was more affordable, we weren’t lying. The Xbox Series S costs just £249/US$299, almost half the £449/US$499 asking price of the Series X.
This single configuration comes with 10GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, although you can also connect external storage.
When can I pre-order the Xbox Series S?
Like its bigger brother, the Xbox Series S is available to pre-order in the UK and Europe right now.
US pre-orders start soon: they kick off at 8am PST / 11am EST.
Where to pre-order the Xbox Series S
As you might imagine, the Series S is available to pre-order from the Microsoft Store in all the countries listed above, including in the UK, US and Australia. Microsoft has also confirmed that you can pre-order the console from selected third-party retailers, though this isn’t an exhaustive list:
Microsoft has also indicated that there will be “other participating retailers” stocking the console. Pre-orders will also be live on sites such as MediaMarkt, FNAC and Elkjøp/Elgiganten, but availability will vary by country.
See more information on the Xbox website, and we’ll update this with product listings once they’re available.
Check out our full guide to the Xbox Series S to learn more about the console itself. The games are a key part, so we’ve rounded up which titles will be available to play at launch.
Here’s where to pre-order the Xbox Series X, if you’d rather pick up Microsoft’s high-end next-gen console instead.