Major Xbox Series S update: Now is the perfect time to buy
Xbox Series S games are reportedly set to receive a serious boost to graphics thanks to a new Microsoft update.
A video circulated to game developers by Microsoft has teased some very promising Xbox Series S updates. The video accompanies a new software development kit released by Microsoft which "gives developers more control over memory, which can improve graphics performance in memory-constrained conditions".
The phrase "memory-constrained conditions" is very relevant to owners of the Xbox Series S. The major drawback of the cheapest and most accessible next-gen console is that it is all-digital. This limits the amount of games one can have installed on the console and leads to concessions like a maximum 1080p resolution for most games.
This update may lead to some serious changes in these areas, so let's take a look at what it's really delivering. For more information, check out 7 reasons to choose the Xbox Series S over the Xbox Series X.
Xbox Series S update August 2022
How exactly is Microsoft's latest software update optimising graphics for users? The video in question asserts that "Hundreds of additional megabytes of memory are now available to Xbox Series S developers". This should lead to greater graphical capabilities for your favourite games.
The Xbox Series S is capable of running games at 1440p 120FPS, but this has proven to be a chimera in many cases. Most of the time, you'll be booting up a game to run at 1080p and you're unlikely to hit 120FPS. Microsoft believes this update can change that and "improve graphics performance".
The Series S features just 10GB of RAM compared to the 16GB of the more premium Xbox Series X. To make matters worse, the Xbox reserves 2GB of RAM for OS functionality. This has led to reported discontent among developers when it comes to producing games for the Series S.
This update is set to make developer's lives' easier and encourage them to continue to optimise their games for the Series S. Customers should enjoy better performance than ever on their budget next-gen console. We'll have to wait to see the full effects of this update, but right now it looks like everyone's a winner.
If you don't mind a bit of technobabble, you can check out the video in full below.
About Xbox Series S
With games performance set to get better than ever, now's a great time to secure your Xbox Series S. So what is this budget next-gen offering all about?
Arguably the most appealing aspect of the console is its price tag. Its RRP of $499 is very attractive when stacked up against the RRP of $799 for the Series X and $749.95 of the PlayStation 5.
This difference is even more stark because the Series S is actually readily available for its RRP, while you'll be looking at paying a reseller premium when purchasing the Series X and especially the PS5.
Aside from resolution and frame rate, the Series S holds up very well indeed against the Series X and is capable of playing every single game that's available on its big brother. If you aren't a complete performance fiend, the Series S is a truly tempting offering.
If you can't wait to take advantage of the latest Xbox Series S update, grab the console on eBay right now for $495.
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