The Xbox Series S is the frugal fan's favorite video game console. It's a small and sleek piece of gaming hardware that's incredibly economical at just $300. But, while it's already a steal at its retail price, Microsoft found a way to make it cheaper.
According to Microsoft, interested gamers can buy the Xbox Series X's more affordable sibling at a discounted price of $250 throughout the holiday season.
In addition to this, new Game Pass members will only need to pay $1 for their first month. This lets players have fun and enjoy next-gen games at 120 frames per second and insanely fast loading times for a low, low price of $251, which is barely half the retail price of the Xbox Series X.
It's worth pointing out that partner retailers are running their own promotions on top of the Microsoft-initiated price cut.
If you buy an Xbox Series S from Target, the popular retailer will throw in a $50 gift card and this will make the Series S cheaper than the base Nintendo Switch.
TLDR; Microsoft will let you own a current-gen console for a last-gen price.
Unfortunately, Target's promotion only lasts through November 19. Still, at $250, the Series S brings a lot to the table. It's more than just a "mini" Xbox Series X as it's the perfect way to enjoy the Game Pass unless you're really keen on playing on 4K. When you consider that the Xbox One and Xbox One X have long gone off the market, the Series S is an affordable entry point to Microsoft's budding gaming ecosystem. It's also readily available, which isn't something that the PS5 and even its beefier sibling, the Series X, can claim.
If nothing else, this is a clear attempt by Microsoft to try and drive up Game Pass subscriber numbers after the service failed to meet expectations for two years straight.
Ultimately, the Series S's temporary price drop is a breath of fresh air amidst the rise in the prices of basic commodities due to inflation, among other factors. Sony drew first blood by hiking the price of the PS5 in most countries and Microsoft might follow suit soon. The way that the Series S is positioned right now makes it a no-brainer for those shopping for a new console.