Xbox Series S games get a boost thanks to Microsoft making more memory available for the console.
The small but mighty Xbox Series S is a great option if you don’t want to splurge on an Xbox Series X right now. It may not be as powerful, but with the rollout of Xbox Cloud Gaming, hardware specs aren’t everything anymore. And now Microsoft’s June Game Development Kit (GDK) update gives the console a much-needed performance boost.
“Hundreds of additional megabytes of memory are now available to Xbox Series S developers. This gives developers more control over memory, which can improve graphics performance in limited memory conditions,” says the video update, which you can watch below.
Release the beast
The Xbox Series S’s memory limitations are something that has been bugging developers for a while. Digital Foundry (opens in new tab) (through The edge (opens in new tab)) revealed that “multiple developers” felt the console was “a little tricky at times”.
It’s not a CPU or GPU power issue, according to the anecdote. Memory limitations are the culprit. That’s why some players in the past may have noticed a difference between third-party games and first-party games on the Xbox Series S – which prompted Digital Foundry’s comments to begin with.
Microsoft has also improved performance for graphics mappings. As a result, Xbox Series S games can “take better advantage” of the console’s various recent memory improvements. And it doesn’t negatively affect graphics performance.
In addition, a few other updates and features are rolling out. For example, the company’s platforms will now enforce age restrictions on DLC. Age-restricted accounts will be notified for parental consent in the new API.
You can take a look at the key differences between the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S if you’re wondering if you want to stick with the pricier, harder-to-find Xbox Series X. Between the ongoing firmware updates and the Xbox Game Pass family subscription – finally confirmed by Xbox – you can upgrade to the current-gen console and save a bundle. Without feeling like you are getting the lite experience.