Microsoft is giving Xbox Series S game developers more control over the memory on the console. A new Xbox software development kit was recently released for developers, allowing more memory for developers to access Xbox Series S games, and performance boosts for certain games.
Microsoft’s Game Dev team sums it up in a video detailing the updates:
“The Xbox Series S now has hundreds of additional memory for developers. This gives developers more control over memory, which can improve graphics performance in memory constrained conditions.”
Developers Will Be More Comfortable With Memory
The $299 Xbox Series S launched as a console capable of 1440p gaming at up to 120fps, but many games only hit 1080p and don’t have the higher frame rates of the more powerful Xbox Series X, either. The Xbox Series X has much more GPU power and 16GB of RAM , while the smaller Xbox Series S only has 10GB . Developers have to work with around 8GB of memory on the S Series, as Microsoft allocates about 2GB for OS tasks.
These memory restrictions were detailed by Digital Foundry, and developers are reportedly having some difficulty optimizing games for the Xbox Series S. Microsoft’s improvements, albeit minor, could help alleviate some of these issues in game development for the Xbox Series S.