Xbox Series S could be dropped at launch of big-budget games

REPORTS claim that a number of big-budget game developers have applied to stop releasing titles for the Xbox Series S.

Microsoft has two versions of its popular Xbox line of modern console releases.

Developers prefer the more powerful Series X.


Developers prefer the more powerful Series X.Photo credit: Reuters

The Xbox Series X comes with a disc drive and is far more powerful, but also comes with a higher price tag.

On the other hand, the Xbox Series S is a budget version of the hardware, running only digital games and with reduced hardware specs.

Currently, any game playable on Xbox Series X is also playable on Xbox Series S.

For some games, Series S owners will get versions that run on lower graphics settings or a lower frame rate, but no content will be removed.

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But according to a report by The playerthere was behind-the-scenes pressure from developers to stop releasing larger titles on the less technical console.

Bossa Studios’ Ian Maclure tweeted about the ongoing discussion, confirming rumours.

He wrote: “It may sound broken, but the reason you’re hearing it a lot right now is because a lot of developers have been sitting in meetings for the past year, desperately trying to drop the Series S launch requirements.

“Studios went through a development cycle where the Series S turned out to be an albatross around production’s neck.

“And now that games are firmly being developed with new consoles in mind, teams don’t want to repeat the process.”

In the thread, other developers added to the discussion that developing games for the Series S was difficult for some at launch.

Others claim that the process shouldn’t be any different than on the PC, where hundreds of games are released every day for computers of different specifications.

However, another developer, Luke Parkes-Haskell, responded that only a small number of PC gamers play modern big-budget games on PC, saying it’s “not a fair comparison”.

He wrote: “Just high volume of accounts [play CS:GO]or DOTA 2 and for such old games you don’t need anything better than a 1060 [graphics card].

“Since the Series S is what it is, many gamers won’t bother upgrading a 1060 either, since there’s no need for multiplatform gaming.”

Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN.

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