After the very good surprises of this week concerning the Xbox Series S, it's time to address the console's first black spot …
Announced with great fanfare this week, the Xbox Series S has won over many gamers with its very attractive alternative to the Xbox Series X with a very competitive price. Indeed, for “only” $ 299.99, you will be able to have the smallest console ever designed by Microsoft, which will offer you the whole next-gen experience, but with a reduced power, an absence of 4K and the lack of a disc player.
Basically, this is a console a bit more powerful than the Xbox One X, but which offers all the next-gen innovations (Ray Tracing, SSD, Xbox Velocity architecture…). Alas, behind all this there had to be a little “hitch”. Besides the fact that the console is restricted to a 2K resolution (in 1440p), the console will not be able to bring the various fixes and improvements for backward compatible games either. A black point for Microsoft which precisely put forward compatibility so much.
Xbox Series S… without full backward compatibility?
As the Xbox Series X increasingly promises to be the best performing console with streaming optimization, the Xbox Series S is starting to leak its early flaws. Thanks to the official specifications, we know that this Series S will be an intermediate console between the Xbox One X and the Xbox Series X.
Thus, we know that on certain points, the Series S is impressive and worthy of a next-gen console (thanks to the SSD, Ray Tracing, etc…). However, on other points, the console does less well than the … Xbox One X. Like the absence of 4K, but also the power in terms of RAM. The Xbox One X currently offers no less than 9GB of RAM. While the Xbox Series S will only have 8 (and many journalists speak more specifically of 7.5GB of RAM).
So what does this mean? Quite simply that the Xbox Series S will not be powerful enough to offer optimized backward compatibility as on Xbox One X and the next Xbox Series X. A Microsoft spokesperson thus gives the reasons and the possible options that will be offered to players .
“The Xbox Series S was designed to be the most affordable next-gen console and to play next-gen games at 1440P at 60 FPS. To deliver the highest quality backward compatible experience that was originally intended for the developer, the Xbox Series S runs the Xbox One S version of backward compatible games while applying improved texture filtering, higher frame rates and more. consistent, faster load times, and automatic HDR. “
So it's pretty clear, the Xbox Series S will be primarily a console for the next-gen and not for backward compatibility. In any case, with the absence of a disk drive, it already complicated a lot of things.
Microsoft Xbox Series S Buy on Microsoft at € 299