Microsoft’s new Xbox Series S should offer impressive next-generation performance for $ 299. But where is the Xbox One X? According to Microsoft, the 2017 4K targeting Xbox will still offer some advantages over the S Series – at least when it comes to running current-generation Xbox One X-enhanced games.
“The Xbox Series S was designed to be the cheapest next-generation console and to play next-generation games at 1440p and 60 fps,” said a Microsoft statement Gamesradar. “To deliver the highest quality backward-compatible experience that was the original intent of the developer, the Xbox Series S runs the Xbox One S version of backward-compatible games while offering improved texture filtering, higher and more consistent frame rates, faster load times, and Auto HDR . ”
This means that most Xbox One games on the Xbox Series S will run in backward compatibility mode at 1
It is possible that current generation titles will receive updates only for the Xbox Series S, and this will be the case with some first-party games as well Gears 5 and Forza Horizon 4. Without the patch, however, you will essentially get the Xbox One S version. Microsoft has yet to confirm what this means for Xbox and Xbox 360 titles.
The reason for all of this is simply a function of the different priorities of the two machines. The Xbox One X is designed to play Xbox One games at resolutions up to 4K. This was achieved by adding a much more powerful GPU to the rest of the datasheet with relatively minor changes. The Xbox Series S is now available for true next-gen games at 1080p or 1440p. Because of this, it’s based on a much faster CPU and SSD than the One X, even though it actually has less video memory.
The confirmation from Microsoft helps clarify messaging around the two next-generation consoles. In short, if you want to play games in 4K, consider the Series X for $ 499. But if you’re not prioritizing raw resolution output, the $ 299 Series S might be of interest.