Microsoft is giving Xbox Series S recreation builders more management over memory on the console. A brand new Xbox software program growth equipment has been launched to builders not too long ago, and it frees up more memory for builders to entry for Xbox Series S video games and boosts performance in sure titles.
“Hundreds of additional megabytes of memory are now available to Xbox Series S developers,” says Microsoft’s Game Dev crew in a video detailing the updates. “This gives developers more control over memory, which can improve graphics performance in memory-constrained conditions.”
The $299 Xbox Series S launched as a console able to 1440p gaming at up to 120fps, however many video games have solely hit 1080p and with out the upper body charges of the more highly effective Xbox Series X. Microsoft’s bigger and more highly effective Xbox Series X console ships with far more GPU energy, however it additionally has 16GB of RAM whereas the smaller Xbox Series S solely has 10GB. Developers have to work with round 8GB of memory on the Series S, as Microsoft reserves round 2GB for OS duties.
Those memory constraints have been detailed by Digital Foundry, with builders reportedly feeling some ache round optimizing video games for the Xbox Series S. It’s much less the CPU and GPU energy of the Xbox Series S, significantly because the Series S has the identical CPU because the X, however more the memory scenario. Microsoft’s enhancements, albeit small, might assist cut back a few of that friction round growing video games for the Xbox Series S.
Microsoft has additionally “addressed an issue where graphics virtual addresses were being allocated considerably slower than non-graphics virtual addresses,” which suggests Xbox video games can now take higher benefit of different current memory enhancements that Microsoft has added to its Xbox developer instruments. Fingers crossed this all means we’ll see some enhancements to performance in some video games working on the Xbox Series S quickly.