You want to buy a new Xbox, but you don’t know which one. I get it! Picking a console isn’t as simple as it used to be. What differentiates the options feels both overwhelmingly complex and irritatingly unclear.
Take, for example, this summary: The Xbox Series X is more powerful, includes a disc drive, plays ultra HD Blu-rays, and can run games at 4K resolution and upward of 120 frames per second. But it costs $499.99. The Xbox Series S costs $299.99 — $200 less! — but it’s less powerful, has no disc drive, and has less storage, and its resolution tops out at 1440p. (Generally reserved for computer monitors, 1440p resolution is better than a 1080p HDTV but worse than 4K.)
All of that info is useful and true, but it’s not enough to help the average reader decide what’s best for them. That’s because buying a console is about so much more than specs. Let me help by asking you a few questions.
Do you have a 4K TV or do you plan to purchase one soon? If so, do you want to eke out the potential of every pixel?
If you don’t own a 4K TV and have no plans to buy one in the next few years, I strongly recommend the Xbox Series S, which will still have enough power to look fantastic on your existing high-definition TV.
Alternately, if you have a 4K TV and really want to make the most out of 4K entertainment, you may want the Xbox Series X for its 4K Blu-ray player. (The Series S can stream 4K video via services like Netflix, though, so only the most hardcore videophiles need worry about this decadent option.)
How fast is your internet?
If you have slow internet speeds or data caps, you will benefit from having the disc drive and larger storage of the Xbox Series X. The latest generation of games will be huge, many of them over 100 GB. On a slow connection, they will take many hours to download onto either Xbox you choose, and they’ll fill a significant chunk of the Series S’s paltry 364 GB of actual available storage. Meaning, you will need to regularly delete games to make way for new ones, and re-download those deleted games whenever you wish to revisit them. Or you’ll need to purchase external storage options, which will be expensive. (You can purchase a cheaper external hard drive, but it’ll be limited to games from previous generations.)
The Xbox Series X includes 802 GB of actual storage, more than double that of the Series S. And the disc drive will allow you to install games directly from physical discs rather than through your internet connection. If internet speed is a big issue, the Series X is a better option even with its significantly higher price tag. Heck, the Series X is technically cheaper than buying the Series S and one of Microsoft and Seagate’s proprietary 1 TB Storage Expansion Cards.
Do you want to buy used Xbox games or sell your old copies?
If you like to trade in games or buy used physical copies, the choice is simple: The Xbox Series X is the only option that plays discs.
One big caveat: The very idea of disc-based games has become increasingly complicated thanks to always-online games like Fortnite and Warframe. As Austen Goslin wrote in our guide to choosing a PlayStation 5:
Physical editions are also the most reliable way to really own the games you buy. Digital copies are technically games you’re buying access to rather than owning yourself. This means that if Sony were to for some reason shut down servers at some point in the future, you wouldn’t have access to your games anymore — however unlikely this might be. Buying the physical disc gives you a copy of the game you’ll always have. One possible complication with that idea in this console generation, however, is that many games require internet connections to function. If that’s the case for a particular game, owning it on a disc or on your account with a digital copy won’t matter, because you won’t be able to play it either way.
Do you have a big library of Xbox One games on disc? Or have you been purchasing games digitally for the past decade?
The vast majority of my games for the Xbox One (and many of my games for the Xbox 360) were purchased digitally. It’s easy for me to play these games on either new Xbox console. I just open my Games Library, find my old purchases, install them, and I’m all set. I can even download my old save files from cloud storage for free via Xbox Live. Microsoft has done an exceptional job with backward compatibility.
That said, if most of your existing Xbox games are on discs, you will need an Xbox Series X and its disc drive to play them. There’s currently no way to trade a hard copy of an Xbox One game for a digital copy on the Series S. We have no reason to think that will change. However! If you plan to subscribe to Xbox Game Pass, you may find that much of your old collection is available through the service. You can find an up-to-date list of Game Pass games on Microsoft’s official website. Just remember that third-party games regularly rotate in and out of the library.
Should I buy an Xbox Series X or a Series S?
Frankly, both consoles are solid choices.
Both will look good on your television. Both will play all new games along with a ton of the Xbox back catalog, from the Xbox One to the original Xbox. Both connect to Game Pass. And here’s the truth: It’s possible that both will be outdone by another new Xbox in a few years.
Microsoft has positioned its hardware the way Apple has positioned the iPhone, giving customers a variety of choices in terms of cost, performance, and luxury features. For that reason, it’s likely we will see updated hardware as often as we did with the Xbox One — and probably even more regularly.
If you’ve already spent a bunch of money on your home theater setup, the Xbox Series X will make the most of that investment. If you just want to dip your toes into the Xbox ecosystem, the Xbox Series S will more than suffice. And if you prefer to stick with the Xbox One for another year or two, that’s a viable option too. For now, every current Xbox Series X game is also available on the older console. That version will run slower and look worse, but there are bigger problems in the world than some grainy textures in Assassin’s Creed and an extra minute or so of loading in Call of Duty.
Cyber Monday Couch Deals: The Best Discounts To Get Right Now – Forbes
As retailers launch their Cyber Monday sales, we’re seeing some amazing deals on furniture, with couches chief among them. Now is the best time to shop for a new couch to anchor your living room, whether you’re looking for a major piece for the den or a pretty sofa to use as an accent piece in your home office.
Tip: Bookmark this page for the best Cyber Monday couch deals. We’ll be updating it frequently as new deals go live.
In terms of savings, on average we’re seeing sales hovering around 25-30% off. There are also some sites going even deeper, offering 40% off or more. And some sites are still running extended Black Friday sales to take advantage of, so you’ll find those listed below as well.
Allform Couch Deals
Allform is still running their Black Friday sale. Save 20% off with the code BLACKFRIDAY20 on custom furniture, which includes sofas and sectionals, made in the USA. If you love their stuff and don’t want to miss out on potential Cyber Monday couch sales, bookmark this page, as we’re continually updating info as new deals hit.
AllModern Cyber Monday Couch Deals
There’s a good selection of sofas to choose from during AllModern’s Cyber Monday sale at up to 50% off. Also, Flash Deals are happening on select items for additional savings.
Amazon Cyber Monday Couch Deals
Amazon’s Cyber Monday sale is on—and there are more sofas deals than there were for Black Friday, including this gorgeous cream leather chesterfield for a steal at $730.
Anthropologie Couch Deals
Anthropologie is extending their 30% off sitewide sale, so don’t miss out on scoring one of their posh sofas for a discount. And, you’re in luck if there’s a sale item you like, because it’ll be an extra 50% off.
Apt2B Couch Deals
Apt2B has extended their Buy More Save More Black Friday Sale. Get 20% off storewide, and online, save 25% off orders of $2,499 or more, 30% off for spending $3,999 or more, and 35% off totals of $4,999 or more. The sale includes some new items, too, like this pretty sofa.
Article Couch Deals
Article’s extended Black Friday sale is 50% off sitewide, though just a handful of sofas are part of the sale. Their white modular Solae sofa is one of them.
Ballard Designs Couch Deals
Ballard isn’t running any Cyber Monday deals at the moment, but their Black Friday sale is still going, with up 40% off sofas and other furniture.
Burrow Couch Deals
Burrow is running even better deals than they were on Black Friday—with double the discounts. Add the code DOUBLE at checkout to take advantage of savings of up to $1,000 off purchases of $5,000 or more on their custom couches.
Hayneedle Couch Deals
You can still get up to 50% off plus an extra 10% with the code THANKFUL at Hayneedle.
Inside Weather Couch Deals
Savings continue at Inside Weather, which is still running their is still offering sales across the site, which include discounts on well priced custom sofas. Get 15% off your entire purchase, plus save 20% if you spend $1,000 or more and 25% off totals of $2,000 or more.
Joss & Main Cyber Monday Couch Deals
There’s a great selection of sofas for Joss & Main’s Cyber Monday sale. Save up to 50% plus get an additional 25% off with the code SAVE25.
Joybird Couch Deals
Don’t miss the end of Joybird’s furniture sale—you can still save 35% off, but hurry as the sale ends on tonight at midnight. The Chelsea Apartment Sofa is one of their bestsellers.
Lulu & Georgia’s Couch Deals
You can still save 25% off a good selection of attractive sofas during Lulu & Georgia’s sale, with the code THANKFUL at checkout.
Macy’s Cyber Monday Couch Deals
Macy’s has launched in Cyber Specials sale across the site, and it includes a decent selection of couches with fairly deep discounts.
Pottery Barn Couch Deals
If you love Pottery Barn and want a new couch, today is your last chance to save up to 40% off on furniture. The Big Sur Square Arm Leather Sofa is one of their bestsellers.
Target Cyber Monday Couch Deals
For attractive sofas at prices that won’t break the bank, Target is a go-to. Their Cyber Monday sale is live, with savings across the site, with up to 50% off furniture.
Wayfair Cyber Monday Couch Deals
Snag savings of up to 70% off on seating for Wayfair’s Cyber Monday sale.
West Elm Couch Deals
West Elm is continuing their 15% off furniture sale, which includes sofas, There’s also free shipping on orders over $79 with the code SAVEBIG.
When do Cyber Monday couch deals end?
Some retailers have special promotions and sales that end on Saturday, November 28, but others are extending sales through Cyber Monday, which falls on November 30.
Should I buy a couch now or wait until after Christmas?
Well-priced, popular items are often the first to go out of stock, so if you see something you like or if you’ve had your eye on a particular piece, your best bet is to buy it now. You may save a few more dollars by waiting, as prices can fluctuate on some sites, but then you run the risk of missing out.
What’s considered a good deal on couches during Cyber Monday sales?
The average discount is around 25-30% off, so anything near or above that percentage is definitely a discount to take advantage of as soon as possible.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday Retailer Guide
Interested in shopping more Black Friday deals? Here are quick links to some of the best Black Friday sales at popular retailers right now:
Samsung’s amazing Black Friday deal on the Galaxy S20 FE continues, with prices starting at just $140 – XDA Developers
If you would have told me that you could pick up the new Samsung Galaxy S20 FE for just $140, this close to its release, I wouldn’t have believed you for a second. Black Friday or not, that’s a huge discount on the already affordable flagship, and retailers aren’t going to cut things that deep for the sake of a sale.
But, well, here we are. You can get the Galaxy S20 FE for as low as $140. How do you do that? With an eligible trade-in! Basically right now, you get extra trade-in credit with any device trade-in, which is what makes this low price possible. As to be expected, though, getting the maximum discount requires specific phones for the trade-in.
In order to knock the S20 FE all the way down to $140, you’ll need to trade in either the Galaxy Note 10 Plus or the Galaxy Note 10 5G. That’s not the biggest selection for the maximum discount, but at least you’re more likely to have a Note 10 over some other models. A lot of Google, Samsung, and Apple models also get you really great discounts too. You can also trade in literally any iOS or Android phone (that’s in good condition) for $50 off. And really, are you going to even use the old phone after grabbing the S20 FE?
The Samsung Store is also the only place that you can get the S20 FE in all six colors, including the online-only Cloud White and Cloud Orange colors! Orange is probably my favorite of the bunch, and it’s pretty hard to find that one outside of the Samsung Store. But the beauty of the phone is that there’s a nice color for everyone!
Smart TV Cyber Monday Deals (2020): Best LG, Samsung, Sony & Vizion Sales Revealed by The Consumer Post – GlobeNewswire
Save on Smart TV deals at the Cyber Monday sale, including all the latest 32 inch, 50 inch, 55 inch & 65 inch 4K & 8K GTV sales
Find the latest Smart TV deals for Cyber Monday, featuring the latest LED and QLED smart TV savings. View the latest deals in the list below.
Best Smart TV Deals:
- Save up to 50% on smart TVs at Walmart – get the latest deals on flat screen smart TVs from top brands including Samsung, LG, Sony, Vizio, Hisense & more
- Save up to 43% on Samsung, Sony & Vizio smart TVs at Dell.com – see the latest deals on a wide range of LED and QLED smart TVs
- Save up to $800 off on a wide range of Samsung 4K Smart TVs at Dell.com – click the link the check the latest deals on Samsung 4K smart TVs at Dell.com
- Save up to 39% on Sony LED 4K smart TVs at Dell.com – check the latest deals on Sony smart TVs available in 75-inch, 65-inch, 50-inch classes and more
- Save up to 64% on 65-inch smart TVs at Walmart – click the link for deals on 65-inch smart TVs from top-brand including Samsung, LG, Sony & more
- Save up to 50% on 55-inch smart TVs at Walmart – check live prices on smart TVs with 55-inch screens
- Save up to 50% on a wide range of 50-inch smart TVs at Walmart – click the link to get the hottest Walmart 50-inch smart TV deals
- Save up to 40% on 32-inch smart TVs at Walmart – get the best deals on 32-inch smart TVs in UHD, 2K, 4K & 8K
- Save up to 29% on a wide range of smart TVs at Amazon – check live prices on top-rated smart TVs with 32, 40, 50, 55, 60-inch & more screen sizes
- Save up to 28% on top-rated smart TVs at ABT.com – click the link for live prices on top-rated smart TVs from best-seller brands
Best TV Deals:
- Save up to 50% off on top-rated 4K TVs from Samsung, LG, Vizio, TCL & more top brands at Walmart – check latest deals on 4K Ultra HD, LED and smart TVs
- Save up to 43% on smart TVs from top brands including Samsung, Sony & Vizio at Dell.com – click the link for the latest deals on a wide selection of smart TVs available in Full HD and Ultra HD screen resolutions
- Save up to $800 on 4K TVs from Samsung, Sony, Vizio & more top brands at Dell.com – get the best deals on 4K TVs from brands like Sony, Samsung, Vizio & more
- Save up to 50% off on the latest smart TVs (2020 models) at Walmart – get the latest deals on top-rated smart TVs from top brands including Samsung, LG, Sony, Hisense, & more
- Save up to 36% on a wide range of smart TV & 4K TVs at Amazon – check live prices on top-rated Smart TVs with 32, 40, 50, 55, 60-inch & more screen sizes
- Save up to 25% on Samsung TV models from 32 to 85 inches at Walmart – check live prices on Samsung Smart LED, QLED, and UHD models including the stylish Frame QLED Smart TV
In need of some more deals? We recommend checking Walmart’s Cyber Monday sale and Amazon’s Cyber Monday deals to view thousands more active savings. The Consumer Post earns commissions from purchases made using the links provided.
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