The new Xbox Series S development kit could help developers optimize their games by freeing up memory resources and improving performance.
Xbox Series S is the “little sister” of the family (and much cheaper). A less powerful console than an Xbox Series X, but that can play the same games, and that at the level of software, applications, games and functions is exactly the same, although with less RAM and a smaller processor.
Xbox Series S can only display resolution at 1440p instead of 4Kbut in theory it can reach a frame rate of 60 fps without breaking a sweat, even 120 fps in compatible games, albeit at the cost of sacrificing resolution.
But the reality is that many games fell below those marks, at 1080p and without being able to reach such high frame rates. But that could change very soon.
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Microsoft has distributed to developers a new development kit which frees up memory in the Xbox Series S RAM and which may allow developers to better optimize games so that achieve higher performance (via TheVerge).
This development kit is now available to developers, with “hundreds of additional megabytes giving developers more control over memory, which can improve graphics performance under memory constrained conditions“.
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Xbox Series S has 10 GB of RAM, compared to 16 GB on Xbox Series X. Many developers complained about how difficult it was to optimize their games on Series S, something that can be greatly improved by freeing up memory resources.
Microsoft recently released an update that reduced the seconds it takes for both consoles to boot up. The Xbox Series S console is 200 euros cheaper than Xbox Series X thanks to its more modest features and the absence of a disc reader, and that is something that has also helped both models to be the brand’s best-selling consoles.