Xbox Series S pre-orders: Where to buy in Australia
Xbox Series S is a lower-cost alternative to the Xbox Series X that will be available on 10 November. Here's a list of Australian stores where you should be able to pre-order the console at launch.
On 10 November, Microsoft will be launching not one, but two new Xbox consoles. In addition to the gaming powerhouse that is the Xbox Series X, customers will also have the option to buy a lower-cost, all-digital variant dubbed the Xbox Series S.
While less powerful than its bigger brother, the Series S will still be able to play all Xbox Series X games – just like this generation's Xbox One S compared to the Xbox One X.
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With an Australian retail price of $499, the Xbox Series S will be $300 cheaper than the Xbox Series X at launch, making it a great choice for parents and budget-conscious gamers. Here are the sites you need to bookmark.
Microsoft's online store is the official place to buy all things Xbox. It also stocks select first-party games, first-party peripherals and other Xbox accessories. You can access its Xbox Series S page at the link below.
- Free express delivery on all items
- Full refunds available
- Online community forum for customer questions
With a proven track record for competitive video game prices, Amazon will be one of the premiere sites for Xbox Series S games, consoles and accessories. It also provides access to international sellers, particularly from the US. You can access Amazon's 2020 Xbox hub at the link below.
- Free delivery on eligible items with an Amazon Prime membership
- Express delivery available
- 24/7 customer service
- Easy returns
365Games is inviting customers to register their interest in the new Xbox Series. Although UK-based, the store ships to Australia for a flat shipping fee of £2.99 per item (around $5).
- Flat rate shipping fee of £2.99 per item
- 30-day returns
- Secure payment options
- Loyalty program available
eBay is a great place to shop for the Xbox Series S as you can easily compare products and prices from various sellers in one place. If the console sells out, you can also buy from resellers as a last resort.
- Free delivery on eligible items with an eBay Plus membership
- New products added daily
- Shop by guaranteed delivery date
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- Huge range of Nintendo Switch games and accessories also available
- Click and collect available
- Shop with Afterpay
- Refurbished consoles available for reduced prices
- Frequent sales, especially around peak periods like Christmas
- Click and collect available
- Express delivery and three-hour rush delivery available
- Returns accepted
- Price-match guarantee
- One-hour click and collect available
- Live chat available seven days a week
- Reserve products online to pick up in-store
- Frequent sales and low prices
- Shop with Afterpay
- Huge range of games and accessories available
- Lay-by available
Which of these retailers offer free delivery?
- Microsoft: Free express delivery (no minimum spend)
- Amazon: Free delivery on eligible items with an Amazon Prime membership
- eBay: Free delivery on eligible items with an eBay Plus membership
- Kogan: Free delivery on eligible items with a Kogan First membership
- Catch: Free delivery with a Club Catch membership
- OzGameShop: Free shipping on orders over $50
- Target: Free delivery on orders over $80
Telstra Xbox All Access
Telstra has confirmed that its gaming subscription service "Xbox All Access" will be coming to the Xbox Series S. Available to existing or new Telstra fixed broadband and mobile customers, the service provides access to the console, plus a Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership for $33 per month.
If you're a Telstra customer and don't want to pay for the Xbox Series S upfront, this is an excellent way to grab the new system at launch. You can find out more about Telstra Xbox All Access here.
How much does the Xbox Series S cost?
As mentioned, the Xbox Series S will cost $499 in Australia. The RRP is identical to the launch price of the Xbox One and is on par with US pricing (once currency conversion and sales taxes are calculated.) We think this is a very attractive price point for what you're getting.
By contrast, the Xbox Series X will sell for a heftier $799.
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Next-gen Xbox games are tipped to be slightly more expensive – expect to pay around $10 more than full-priced current-gen titles. However, it's important to note that the Xbox Series S does not play physical game discs. Instead, you will need to download content from Xbox Games Store. (You can find a full list of confirmed next-gen Xbox games here.)
Extra controllers will likely cost in the region of $90, but Microsoft has promised that all Xbox One peripherals will work with the new console.
Which Xbox should you buy?
If you want the most powerful games console that money can buy, the Xbox Series X is the version to get. If you're buying for kids or trying to save money, the Series S is arguably a better option. Still not sure? You can read more about the Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X here and here, respectively.
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