Xbox Series S falls to a terrific low price and it's the one console I'd buy this Christmas

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I've already been extremely clear about how big a fan I am of the Xbox Series S. So, of course, I'm going to bring attention to this deal that's still live on Microsoft's compact console. Budget-conscious gamers or those after a gift this Christmas will not want to miss it.

It was first put live over Black Friday, but you can still get an Xbox Series S for $239.99 at Best Buy and make a saving of $50 on the usual price. With that discount, it's fantastic value for money – especially for those who want to get involved with some current-gen gaming but don't need the absolute top-of-the-line hardware. 

A similar deal is also available in the UK, where you can save £50 on the Xbox Series S at Amazon - that's just £10 away from the lowest price ever.

It's not clear how much longer this Xbox Series S deal will be available, though. However, considering it's labelled as a 'Holiday' bundle (even though it doesn't include anything beyond the console and a controller found in the standard version) it's unlikely to be around by January at the latest.

Today's best Xbox Series S deals

Xbox Series S: $299.99 $249.99 at Best Buy

Xbox Series S: was $299.99 now $249.99 at Best Buy
A saving of $50 is available on the Xbox Series S at Best Buy. It did fall another $10 over Black Friday, but this is so close to the lowest we've ever seen. Microsoft's cheaper current generation console is not as powerful as the Xbox Series X, but with this deal, it's $250 less and still capable of playing all the same games in 1440p at 120fps. A good option if you want to game on a budget.

Xbox Series S: £249.99 £199 at Amazon

Xbox Series S: was £249.99 now £199 at Amazon
UK shoppers don't miss out on a deal on the Xbox Series S either. It's now £50 off at Amazon. It has been £10 cheaper than this in the past, but that's such a small difference that we'd suggest picking up this offer while it's available if you've got an eye on Microsoft's second console.

The Xbox Series S is positioned as Microsoft's budget-friendly console and would usually set you back $299.99 / £249.99. That's a dramatic drop compared to the $449 recommended price for the more powerful Xbox Series X. And while the cheaper console may not be able to output games in 4K resolution, it still runs them in a sharp 1440p and at 120fps (where possible) for a fast and responsive experience.

A wise move may be to use your free funds from the saving and pair the console up with Xbox Game Pass. Do that and you'll have access to over 100 top Xbox games - including first-party Microsoft releases such as Halo Infinite and Forza Horizon 5 - all for one affordable subscription fee of $9.99 per month. That's a fantastic five months of free gaming, or even less if you check out where to find the cheapest Xbox Game Pass deals over on our dedicated hub.

James Pickard
Senior Deals Editor

James Pickard is a Deals Editor at TechRadar. After many years of scouring the net for the cheapest games and tech for his personal use, he decided to make it his job to share all the best bargains and coupon codes with you. James also has almost a decade of experience covering some of the biggest sales events of the year at Eurogamer and VG247, including Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Amazon Prime Day. When not deals hunting or stacking coupon codes to get the biggest savings, James can be found on the PS5, watching a classic film noir or cheering on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.