I was on furlough last year, and told by the business owners that the plan was to bring me back to work part time when the furlough scheme ended - until things picked up. As a big PS4 gamer last gen, and someone who was very disappointed in the Xbox One that I had, my initial plan had been to preorder a PS5 and maybe get a Series S later on. I thought it best to put these plans on hold as it may be more prudent to hang on to my savings.
When it looked like the government were going to announce an extension to furlough and I was told that I would remain on it for the foreseeable, I thought "what the hell". I was bored to tears at home, so I would try and get one of the new consoles to entertain myself. By that point, I'd missed the preorder windows for both consoles, but luckily I managed to bag a Series S on launch. I justified it to myself as the cheapest next gen option and thought that I could always sell it on if things didn't look to be getting back to normal at work.
During the last year, I'd been earning loads of Microsoft Reward points, so have been using them on a Gamepass Ultimate subscription. I've been really impressed by Gamepass and by the Series S as a machine. The value for money from both almost makes me feel that I'm taking advantage of Microsoft, and at some point they're going to realise and take it all back. I've been so impressed by the whole thing that I'm considering an upgrade to a Series X further down the line. My initial FOMO regarding the PS5 has now subsided and the £70 price point of the games has somewhat tempered my enthusiasm towards getting one - certainly in the short term.
TLDR : I'm really happy with my Series S.