A retailer price war on the awesome Xbox Series S Starter Bundle lets you nab a console, controller, and Game Pass Ultimate for just $239

Since its release, the Xbox Series S Start Bundle has represented the best value in Xbox gaming with the combination of a current-generation console, a 3-month subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, one Xbox Wireless Controller, and everything you need to get set up for just $300. Well, now it's even better, dropping as low as $239 at Target with different retailers vying for your attention. Dell relinquished its crown quite quickly, once again making Walmart the champion of low Series S prices... only for it to quickly go out of stock. Let's go, Target!

Xbox Series S 512GB + 3-months Xbox Game Pass Ultimate | $299.99 now $239 at Target

Xbox Series S 512GB + 3-months Xbox Game Pass Ultimate | was $299.99 now $239 at Target

Target now has the best price on the Xbox Series S Starter Bundle, which gives you everything you need to get started, including the Xbox Series S current-gen console with 512GB of storage, an Xbox Wireless Controller, and 3-months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate with access to hundreds of high-quality games.

✅Perfect for: Those who want to play the latest titles on current-gen equipment and benefit from fast loading times and a compact form factor. 

❌Avoid it if: You want to play physical games, as the Xbox Series S is an all-digital gaming solution. 

👍Price Check: $249.99 at Best Buy

🔍Our experience: Xbox Series S review | Xbox Game Pass review

👀Alternative deal: Xbox Series S + 2 Xbox Wireless Controllers + 3-months Xbox Game Pass for $369.98 $289.99 at Walmart

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Why choose the Xbox Series S?

The Xbox Series S is so compact, you can even pair it with a portable screen and game on the go. (Image credit: Jennifer Young - Windows Central)

Dive into current-gen gaming with the Xbox Series S, a sleek and more budget-friendly alternative to its powerhouse sibling, the Xbox Series X. Packed with the ability to run games at a smooth 120 FPS, dazzling HDR resolutions, and the added perk of playing backward-compatible titles from previous console generations, the Xbox Series S is a small but formidable little console and I wouldn't be without mine.

I'm lucky enough to live in a household where we have both the Series S and X, but I mainly play on my Series S as it's so light and compact and I can move it around the house wherever I want to game, even attaching the DEPGI screen to make my own traveling game companion. With my games library being wholly digital and not having room for a huge 4K monitor in my bedroom, I've no need for the more expensive Series X console. 

Typically retailing for $300, the Xbox Series S becomes an even juicier deal when snagged as part of the Starter Bundle. Not only do you get the console, but you'll also pocket significant savings on Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, thanks to the included three-month subscription to Microsoft's extensive game library. Imagine diving into hundreds of the best Xbox games right from the get-go — that's the kind of gaming feast we want over the holidays.

Whether you're considering a fantastic gift for friends or family eager to dive into the Xbox gaming world or looking to add to your own gaming backlog, this bundle is your golden ticket. And hey, the package needn't end there – we are also looking for the best Black Friday Xbox accessory deals to enhance your Series S experience, like perhaps snagging one of the stylish best Xbox controllers to complete your gaming collection. Then all that's left to do is choose which of the best Xbox games you want to play first. Black Friday 2023 is the best time of year to make it all happen thanks to awesome deals.

Jennifer Young

Jen is a News Writer for Windows Central, focused on all things gaming and Microsoft. Anything slaying monsters with magical weapons will get a thumbs up such as Dark Souls, Dragon Age, Diablo, and Monster Hunter. When not playing games, she'll be watching a horror or trash reality TV show, she hasn't decided which of those categories the Kardashians fit into. You can follow Jen on Twitter @Jenbox360 for more Diablo fangirling and general moaning about British weather. 

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