Microsoft is giving Xbox Series S game developers more control over the memory on the console. The new Xbox Software Development Kit was recently released to developers, freeing up more memory for developers to access Xbox Series S games and improving performance on some games.
“Hundreds of additional megabytes of memory are now available to Xbox Series S developers,” the Microsoft Game Dev team says in a video detailing the updates. “This gives developers more control over memory, which can improve graphics performance in memory-constrained environments.”
The $299 Xbox Series S was released as a console capable of 1440p resolution at up to 120fps, but many games only reached 1080p and without higher frame rates than the more powerful Xbox Series X. The larger, more powerful Xbox Series console Microsoft’s X comes with a lot more GPU power, but it also has 16GB of RAM, while the smaller Xbox Series S only has 10GB. Developers have to work with around 8GB of memory on the Series S as Microsoft reserves around 2GB for OS tasks.
These memory limits have been detailed by Digital Foundry, and developers are reportedly experiencing some issues when optimizing Xbox Series S games. Microsoft’s improvements, while small, may help reduce the hassle associated with developing Xbox Series S games.
Microsoft alsosolved an issue that caused graphical virtual addresses to be allocated significantly slower than non-graphical virtual addresseswhich means that Xbox games can now better take advantage of other recent memory improvements that Microsoft has added to its Xbox developer tools.