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The Number 1 Best Selling Xbox Series S – Fortnite & Rocket League Bundle
- Get the all-digital Xbox Series S – Fortnite & Rocket League Bundle featuring the Midnight Drive Pack, 1,000 V-Bucks, and 1,000 Rocket League credits.
- The bundle includes Xbox Series S console, one Xbox Wireless Controller, free-to-play Fortnite, and Rocket League game downloads, a high-speed HDMI cable, power cable, and 2 AA batteries. Midnight Drive Pack Set includes Dark Skully outfit, Dark Skully Satchel Back Bling, Dark Splitter pickaxe, and 1,000 V-Bucks in Fortnite and Purple Masamune Car, Purple Virtual Wave Boost, Purple Zefram Wheels, and 1,000 Rocket League Credits in Rocket League. The bundle doesn’t include access to Fortnite: Save the World mode.
- Get 1,000 V-Bucks to spend on favorite items in Fortnite Battle Royale mode and more. Get 1,000 Rocket League Credits and build Blueprints, upgrade to Rocket Pass Premium, or purchase most-wanted content from the Rocket League Item Shop.
- Make the most of every gaming minute with Quick Resume, lightning-fast load times, and gameplay of up to 120 FPS—all powered by Xbox Velocity Architecture.*
- Enjoy digital games from four generations of Xbox, with hundreds of optimized titles that look and play better than ever.
- When you add Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (membership sold separately), you get an instant library of 100+ high-quality games, including day one releases from Xbox Game Studios like Halo Infinite, Forza Horizon 5, and Microsoft Flight Simulator.
One of the most bizarre consoles I’ve seen in years is the Xbox Series S. It’s a less priced, less powerful version of Microsoft’s flagship Xbox Series X, the type of device you’d expect to see a few years into the life of a platform, like a Wii Mini or a PS2 Slim. Nonetheless, here it is a sleek, white box debuting on the same day as its larger, beefier sibling.
The Xbox Series S costs $300, which is significantly less than the $500 Xbox Series X, but money does not always equate to value. Is the Xbox Series S worth your money, and, more importantly, will it continue to be worth your money throughout the current console generation’s lifespan?
While it’s hard to predict what will happen in the future, after putting the Series S through its paces, I’m cautiously hopeful. No, it doesn’t have the same processing capability as the Xbox Series X. From the standpoints of performance, storage, backward
compatibility, and media, its hardware limits what it can do. However, once you get past that, it’s still a powerful console with a staggering number of games to choose from — not to mention the fact that it easily handles streaming media and won’t take up much space in your home.
If you think of the Xbox Series S as the be-all, end-all of next-gen gaming, you’ll be disappointed; but, if you think of it as a starting or companion device, you could be pleasantly surprised. This adorable little device will never be the most powerful game machine on the market (for that, you might want to check into one of the top gaming PCs), but it does have a lot to offer if you know what to expect going in
The Series S will be available through Amazon, Best Purchase, Target, Walmart, GameStop, the back of a truck in a local alley, and other places where you buy gadgets. Because Xbox Series S preorders have been sold out for weeks and full product pages aren’t accessible yet, we can’t connect directly to these stores at the time. However, you can keep an eye on supply levels on our Xbox Series X pre-order page, which will tell you when and where to look. Like most consoles at launch, we expect the Xbox Series S to be out of stock and hard to find for a while. But anecdotal evidence suggests that it’s much less in-demand than the Xbox Series X. Of the three new consoles, the Xbox Series S may be the easiest to find in the coming months.
You can also lease an Xbox Series S directly from Microsoft through its Xbox All Access program. This costs $25 per month for 24 months and gives you access to an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription on top of the console itself. There are pros and cons to leasing a console, but if you price it out, it’s slightly less expensive than buying an Xbox Series S and 24 months of Game Pass Ultimate by themselves.
At the risk of stating the obvious, the Xbox Series S is not nearly as powerful as the Xbox Series X. If you’re familiar with the two consoles’ hardware specs, then you’ll know why. Whereas the Series X boasts a GPU with up to 12 teraflops of output, 16 GB RAM, 1 TB SSD storage, and a 4K Blu-ray disc drive, the Series S has a GPU with up to 4 teraflops of output, 10 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD storage and no disc drive at all.
Most Xbox Series X games will run at 4K resolution and 60 frames per second, although certain titles will support resolutions up to 8K and frame rates up to 120 frames per second. Xbox Series S, on the other hand, has a max resolution of 1440p for games — although the 120 fps frame rate is still technically possible.
Without getting too granular, the bottom line is that the Xbox Series S is much less powerful than the Series X, which is why it costs so much less. However, the Series S’ modest specs can be either a dealbreaker, an annoyance, or a non-issue, depending on your setup and how you plan to use the console.