1-xbox series s review underscored

Being able to buy a next-gen console right now is a deal in itself — and it certainly doesn’t hurt when you get some free stuff with it. GameStop is currently offering a $299 Xbox Series S bundle that includes a ton of in-game goodies for Fortnite and Rocket League, making for one of the best Cyber Monday gaming deals we’ve seen yet.

For Fortnite fanatics, this bundle includes a Midnight Drive Pack that includes some cool-looking skeleton items for your avatar as well as 1,000 V-bucks for buying even more stuff (including the special Marvel, Ghostbusters and Naruto costumes currently in the shop). You also get some slick purple cars and add-ons for the vehicular soccer game Rocket League in addition to 1,000 credits for buying and tricking out cars.

A great next-gen value
This Xbox Series S bundle gets you some free goodies for Fortnite and Rocket League, and more crucially, it's a new console you can actually find in stock.

Both of these games are free to play, but you’ll have a lot more ways to stand out in the online arena out of the gate with these add-ons. It’s also worth noting that buying this bundle will allow you to pick up three months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for $9.99 (it’s normally $45), which gets you access to hundreds of games and is pretty much essential for any Xbox owner.

Even without those extra goodies, the Xbox Series S is still the console we’d recommend for most people. It’s $200 cheaper than the PS5 and Xbox Series X at just $299, and unlike its higher-end counterparts, you can actually find it in stock pretty often.

The Series S also has many of the Series X’s key features, including a solid-state drive that all but eliminates loading times, ultra-smooth gameplay at up to 120 frames per second and a handy Quick Resume feature that lets you instantly jump between multiple titles. You’re really only making a few big sacrifices at that low price: The Series S lacks a disc drive for playing physical titles, has a fairly small amount of internal storage at 500GB and runs games at a maximum resolution of 1440p — you’ll need a Series X or PS5 for immersive 4K gaming.

Still, the Series S is no slouch when it comes to performance. Titles such as Gears 5 and Forza Horizon 4 looked gorgeous and ran smoothly in our initial Xbox Series S review, and being able to jump between multiple games without having to restart them is a delight — and something the more expensive PS5 still can’t do. The Series S is also the smallest and most attractive next-gen console, with a tiny rectangular design that will likely fit in your entertainment center much more easily than the gargantuan PS5 and Series X.

Even as someone who owns a PS5, the Series S is the next-gen console I use the most, largely because I prefer the Xbox’s snappy interface and super-ergonomic controller. It’s also due in big part to Xbox Game Pass, which has let me play all of Microsoft’s new releases and helped me discover a ton of great indie games for a few bucks a month.

Whether you’re shopping for a younger player or are looking to enter the next generation yourself, the Xbox Series S is already the best value in console gaming and the easiest new system to buy. This Cyber Monday bundle just makes it even more of a no-brainer.