Microsoft has changed the gaming platform calculus. Until recently, you probably assumed you’d be, but now there’s a potentially more attractive option, especially if you don’t have a 4K TV: The Xbox Series S, which will set US gamers back a much more modest $300. Xbox preorders start tomorrow, Sept. 22 at 8 a.m. PT/11 a.m. ET.
The Series S is a digital-only (no optical drive) console that packs less power under the hood (mainly because it doesn’t support native 4K resolution like the Series X) and promises to be a much better deal for most gamers. Check outfor more details.
And with the preorder window about to open, there’s been a lot of news that might affect your upcoming console purchase decision. GameStop is running a deal in which you can get up to $200 in trade-in credit when you buy an Xbox Series X or Series S. Your old Xbox One X or an PS4 Pro is worth $200, for example, while a trading in a 500GB Xbox One can lob $100 off the price of your new Xbox. At the same time, Microsoft is inviting you to buy your next console more like a smartphone — on an installment plan. As a part of Xbox All Access, you can get a, no upfront cost.
And if you’re still on the fence between the Xbox and PS5, you should know that Microsoft has just announced a deal to buy ZeniMax Media, the parent of Bethesda Studios. Should the deal close as planned, it would make Microsoft the owner of Doom, Fallout, Skyrim and other A-list franchises. It’s currently unclear how that will affect the future gaming landscape, but it could mean anything from Xbox getting future Bethesda games first — or maybe getting them exclusively, or seeing them fast-tracked to Xbox Game Pass. There are a lot of possibilities, to be sure.
Ready to lay down some plastic and preorder? Here’s where you’ll be able to preorder — we’ll add pages for other retailers as they appear.
Amazon doesn’t yet appear to have an HQ for the Xbox Series S — just an Xbox Series X page. We’ll update the article when it appears.
Newegg has a gorgeous Xbox Series X landing page, but no Series S page — or preorder details, for that matter. We’ll update the page when we learn more.
You can satisfy your Series X craving at Walmart’s landing page, which is chock-full of teaser videos. There’s no preorder page yet, though. We’ll update the article when it appears.
GameStop’s combination SeriesX/Series S landing page has a signup so you can get info about the Series S as it becomes available. The store also has articles about the new console and a brief, easily digestible summary of all the things we already know. There’s no preorder page yet, though. We’ll update the article when it appears.
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