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Xbox Series X Will Have Larger Sizes for Games Compared to the Series S

Since the Xbox Series S is not a 4K console, owners can expect significantly smaller game sizes compared to the Xbox Series X.

September 17, 2020

In case the message has not been clear, the Xbox Series X and Series S while both being next-generation consoles will have differences in power, more specifically, visual resolution. The Xbox Series X is a native 4K console with the capabilities of going up to 8K. The Series S on the other hand is a 1440p console that is able to upscale to simulating 4K graphics. Even with them being next-gen though, the size for each game will differ based on the platform.

According to IGN, Jason Ronald, Director of Program Management at Xbox said that Series S versions of games will be roughly 30% smaller than the same game on Series X. This is specifically because of the 4K nativity of the Series X that the Series S does not have.

“With a performance target of 1440p at 60 fps, our expectation is that developers will not ship their highest level mipmaps to Xbox Series S, which will reduce the size of the games,” Ronald explained. “Ultimately the controls in the developer’s hands. We’ve had this technology for a while that allows developers to intelligently choose which assets to install on which device they’re playing on. So the flexibility is in the developers’ hands to make sure the right assets are there.”

This is a similar situation to the news we got last week that the Series S will not have Xbox One X enhancement on backward compatible games. The Series S is purely not a 4K system. It is a native 1440p console and for those that end up pre-ordering it on September 22 once they go live, they should have that mindset when purchasing. It is also good to see that the game sizes will be smaller on the Series S as the system only has 512 GB worth of storage while the Series X has 1 TB. At the very least, the Series S can still use expansion cards and external hard drives to help allow players to download more titles.

The Xbox Series X and Series S release on November 10 later this year. Pre-orders will go live at 8am PST/11am EST on Tuesday September 22 across all major retailers. Stop by our pre-order page to get quick links to take you to where you need to be once pre-orders go live.

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Cameron Hawkins

Cameron Hawkins is a Staff Writer at Dualshockers. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with an Emphasis in News at the University of Nevada, Reno. He has played Video Games as long as he can remember. Some of his favorite games series include; Kingdom Hearts, Mass Effect, and Final Fantasy.

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