Xbox Series S loads faster than Xbox Series X, will be bigger hit says Microsoft

Phil Spencer claims the Xbox Series S is likely to outsell the Xbox Series X in the long run, and even has some small advantages over it.

The head of Xbox thinks that the cheaper, less powerful Xbox Series S will be more successful overall than the Xbox Series X, especially as it has a previously unsuspected benefit.

As part of the same Kotaku interview in which he said Bethesda games could become Xbox exclusives and still be profitable, Spencer said that after the initial launch, ‘over the generation, our expectation would be that price really matters and that you would see the Series S sell more’.

Spencer also revealed that, since the Xbox Series S uses simpler graphics assets, it also loads games faster than the Xbox Series X in some instances.

The Xbox Series S is priced at £249 in the UK, compared to £449 for the Xbox Series X. The only major disadvantages of the cheaper model is that it doesn’t have a disc drive and isn’t powerful enough to run games at native 4K.

However, if you haven’t got a 4K TV and already buy most games digitally that means it’s going to make almost no difference, especially as Spencer indicates that indie games such as The Falconeer run at 60fps and 1800p (i.e. higher than normal HD resolutions).

The Xbox Series S versions of games are still using lower resolution assets than the 4K versions though, so that’s why they load faster.

Some developers have voiced disquiet at having to create two versions of the same game on Xbox, but Spencer is unapologetic about the situation.

‘Absolutely, it is work. There’s no doubt about that’, he says. ‘The fact that you have two performance specs now, I’m not going to stand here or try to PR somebody and say two different specs is the same as having one spec. It’s not. We’re doing this because we want to expand the market.’

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