Microsoft unveils a new Xbox Series S bundle arriving at the end of the month

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Microsoft has announced a brand new Xbox Series S bundle arriving later this month. Dubbed the Starter Bundle, this deal packs everything that you need to jump into popular games like Starfield and Forza Motorsport right out of the box.

Revealed in a press release on the official Xbox Wire blog, this Starter Bundle contains a white 512GB Xbox Series S console, matching Xbox Wireless Controller, and three months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership. 

It's set to retail for just $299.99 / £249.99, which is the same price as just buying the console and controller on their own. This is a fantastic saving, as 3 months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership would usually set you back $44.99 / £38.99 (based on the regular monthly subscription price without any extra Xbox Game Pass deals).

If you’re not already acquainted with Xbox Game Pass, it's a subscription service that grants access to a massive catalog of games that you can download and play at no additional cost. This includes a raft of console exclusives and excellent third-party titles like Lies of P and Persona 5 Royal.

As this offer includes the pricier Ultimate tier, you're also getting access to a wealth of additional bonuses like PC Game Pass, which allows you to pick and play any compatible titles on PC; Xbox Cloud Gaming - perfect for use with a good mobile controller - access to EA Play, and Xbox Live Gold membership.

For a full breakdown of all the differences between Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, check out our handy comparison guide.

Even if you don’t intend to continue your membership after your first 3 months, this offer represents a fantastic opportunity to try out some of the very best Xbox Game Pass games at no additional cost.

If you do intend to make the most of this deal, why not also consider something from our list of the best Xbox Series X and Series S accessories or one of the best monitors for Xbox Series X.

Dashiell Wood
Hardware Writer

Dash is TechRadar Gaming's Hardware Writer. Before joining TechRadar, he was a print journalist writing articles for some of the UK's biggest gaming magazines including PLAY, EDGE, PC Gamer, and SFX. Now, when he's not getting his greasy little mitts on the newest hardware or gaming gadget, he can be found feverishly devouring the latest Nintendo Switch otome.