Xbox Series S Receiving Performance Boost

A white Xbox Series S stands in front of a green background.

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While it is not probably the most highly effective console on the market, the smaller and extra inexpensive Xbox Series S has been an enormous hit for Xbox. But reportedly, some devs have felt the pressure of getting larger, extra superior video games to work on the console and in response, Microsoft is releasing up some reminiscence to assist enhance the tiny console’s efficiency.

As noticed by The VergeMicrosoft is hoping to make the Xbox Series S a bit extra highly effective by releasing up some reminiscence and letting builders entry that further reminiscence if wanted. In a video explaining this new developer-focused replace, Microsoft says that it’s unlocking “a whole lot of extra megabytes of reminiscence” and that it will, in idea, give studios extra management over the best way to use the console’s restricted reminiscence. Microsoft says this “can enhance graphics efficiency in memory-constrained situations.”

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To be clear, this is not like Microsoft quadrupling the facility of the Series S. Nor is that this Microsoft flipping some secret swap to let the console begin working video games at 8K and 240hz or something wild like that. Instead, the quantity of reminiscence devoted to non-gaming features within the $300 Series S is being tweaked.

While the extra highly effective Xbox Series X console has 16GB of RAM the cheaper Xbox Series S has solely 10GB. But earlier than this replace, devs solely had entry to 8GB of that reminiscence as Microsoft reserved round 2GB for the console’s OS. Now devs may have a number of hundred further megabytes of reminiscence, which may assist some video games run a bit higher transferring ahead.

The Xbox Series S has all the time been positioned by Microsoft as a less expensive, much less highly effective, however nonetheless succesful next-gen console possibility. And it is confirmed to be a very fashionable piece of {hardware} since releasing alongside the beefier Xbox Series X in 2020. Hell, I already had an Xbox Series X and I ended up shopping for one. It’s grow to be the primary manner we play video games in our lounge, good for Fall Guys and Fortnite. But for extra intense video games it will probably wrestle, requiring chopping down on framerate or decision. This has reportedly led to some points and frustration from devs attempting to get sure video games working on the lesser machine.

A current instance of a recreation performing in another way on Series S is the Evil Dead recreation, which launched with out a 60fps efficiency mode on the cheaper machine. Resident Evil Village additionally limits the sport to solely 45fps at 1440p and 30fps if you happen to flip ray tracing on.

Hopefully, a number of further ins and outs of reminiscence can assist devs engaged on Xbox ports not really feel as hamstrung by the weaker Xbox Series S.

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