Xbox Series S games look and work better with new upgrade

Xbox Series S console

Welcome news for developers and Xbox Series S owners (Photo: Microsoft)

Microsoft hopes to improve gaming performance on the Xbox Series S by providing more memory for developers to work with.

Since we don’t have exact sales figures (Microsoft refuses to share them), we don’t know how well the Xbox Series S sells compared to the Xbox Series X, but certainly Xbox boss Phil Spencer has always thought the cheaper model would be more popular.

The Xbox Series S is significantly cheaper than the Xbox Series X and still runs all the same games, just not in 4K resolution.

However, an additional drawback for developers is that it is difficult to downsize and optimize their games for it due to memory limitations. A problem that Microsoft hopes to have solved.

In a new development kit sent to developers, Microsoft has increased the amount of memory they can work with by hundreds of megabytes, improving the graphics performance of games on Xbox Series S.

Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X consoles

The Xbox Series S is also smaller in size and lacks a disc drive for physical games (Microsoft)

While the Xbox Series S can play games at over 120 frames per second at 1440p resolution, most games can only handle 1080p resolution and struggle to achieve higher frame rates.

This is because the Xbox Series S only has 10 GB of RAM to work with, technically eight because 2 GB is reserved for the operating system. Compare this to the Xbox Series X which comes with a total of 16 GB of RAM.

Ultimately, this change should allow developers to better optimize their games on Xbox Series S, meaning they’ll look and perform better in the future.

It doesn’t sound like this will only apply to new games either. In an uncredited video posted to the Microsoft Game Dev YouTube channel, as noted and shared by The Verge, Microsoft explains that it also improves performance for graphics mappings.

In short, current games can take better advantage of the memory improvements, which should mean there will be an overall performance boost for all titles.

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