Xbox Sequence S graphics are about to get noticeably higher


Microsoft has confirmed optimisations for the Xbox Sequence S console may see a major enchancment in graphics efficiency.

If you happen to’ve observed sure video games wanting a bit higher recently, it’s probably as a result of launch of the June Sport Improvement Package to devs. In a video explaining the optimisations noticed by The Verge, Microsoft mentioned it has been capable of unlock substantial quantities of reminiscence, which might be utilised by Xbox video games.

“Lots of of further megabytes of reminiscence are actually out there to Xbox Sequence S builders,” the video voice over explains. “This offers builders extra management over reminiscence, which might enhance graphics efficiency in memory-constrained situations.”

This might settle some complaints about Microsoft’s secondary console – which sits beneath the Xbox Sequence X – with video games usually struggling to satisfy the marketed prime visuals of 1440p/120fps.

The Sequence S has 10GB of marketed reminiscence in contrast with the 16GB on supply inside the Sequence X. Contemplating Microsoft itself reserves 2GB of that for system duties that leaves 8GB for a few of the most energy hungry video games on the market. Now Microsoft has discovered a option to hand a few of that reminiscence again to builders.

Elsewhere Microsoft is touting “improved efficiency for graphics situations” which might take higher benefit of the the freed-up reminiscence.

Microsoft says this takes care of an “subject the place graphics digital addresses had been being allotted significantly slower than non-graphics digital addresses. This improves the pace of graphics digital handle allocation. Titles can now take higher benefit of latest enhancements in reminiscence administration that has been negatively affecting graphics efficiency.”

The Xbox Sequence S was launched alongside the Sequence X in late 2020, however has been a lot simpler to pay money for than the higher-end counterpart. The availability chain points are beginning to ease now, so players have a legit selection. This information could assist nudge some players in direction of the extra reasonably priced Sequence S.