Xbox Series S
The best budget games console
- Major performance upgrade on Xbox One S
- Small and stylish design
- Next-gen SSD reduce loading times dramatically
- Incredible value considering the specs
- 500GB storage is far too small
- Lacks a disk drive
- No support for Wi-Fi 6
If you’re concerned about the rising cost of game consoles, then the Xbox Series S is your best option. It supports a 1440p resolution and ray tracing, and even has speedy SSDs for instant loading times. It may be incapable of hitting a 4K resolution for most games, and lacks a disk drive if you like to buy physical games, but those are fair compromises considering the cheap price.
It also benefits from the absurdly good value of Game Pass, sharing the exact same library of games as its more powerful sibling. Yes, that means you’ll be able to play the likes of Halo Infinite, Starfield, The Elder Scrolls and all of the upcoming Call of Duty games.
However, its stingy 500GB of storage space can’t be ignored. In order to install multiple games on the drive, you’re going to have to invest in a memory card, and that certainly isn’t cheap. But even with that added to the shopping cart, this is still one of the best game consoles available for those on a budget.