Despite the budget next-gen console being designed towards lower-resolution gaming, the Xbox Series S can reach 4K on certain titles.
Although the Xbox Series S boasts less power than the Series X, it is still very much a next-gen device. With potential exceeding the Xbox One X, the Series S is a bargain of a console, and it's more than capable of impressing gamers.
When running on the Xbox Series S, many games will see a decrease in resolution when compared to other next-gen hardware. As a result, it's easy to forget what the Series S is capable of.
Even Microsoft only pitches the device as a 1440p console in its marketing. But the truth is, the Xbox Series S can, in-fact, reach 4K on certain titles.
Those who regret their decision to pick up a Series S have no reason to be disappointed, especially if they're fans of beautiful indie games.
Which Titles Can the Xbox Series S Reach 4K On?
So far, we know of one major game that will take full advantage of the Xbox Series S's potential. We'll be seeing stunning 4K visuals on platformer Ori and the Will of the Wisps.
The critically-acclaimed follow-up to Ori and the Blind Forest will run at 4K, 60 FPS on the Series S. This isn't as remarkable as the Series X's 4K, 120 FPS offering, but it's still awe-inspiring.
This is especially the case when you consider that the Series S is going above and beyond its 1440p promise. And the gameplay looks truly stunning as a result.
But this announcement shows that the Series S can output 4K resolutions, even at stable frame rates. Yet it doesn't do well with more intensive titles.
One shocking revelation was the announcement that Yakuza: Like a Dragon would only run at 900p, should a player opt for the 60 FPS setting. Of course, the Series S can also do 1440p, 30 FPS, as a compromise.
4K Is Possible, but the Developers Make the Call
Xbox Director of Program Management, Jason Ronald, weighs in on the matter. In a new statement, the Director claims that developers are ultimately deciding their games settings on the Series S.
According to Ronald, the budget console is "fully capable of outputting 4K" at 60 FPS. However, the system was developed with a target of 1440p, 60-120 FPS in mind.
Given the current line-up for the Series S, many developers appear to be neglecting 4K capability entirely. In fact, reports indicate that the Xbox Series S may be a 1080p console for the majority of games.
We wonder if this will change with time as developers get more comfortable developing for the console. We may even get updates to improve Series S performance on certain titles.
One major issue that fans are noticing with the console is its storage, however. Despite a 500 GB SSD, the Xbox Series S has a lack of storage space that will likely mean many gamers must shell out for an add-on.
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