Microsoft offers Xbox Collection S devs extra reminiscence to enhance graphics efficiency
Microsoft is giving Xbox Collection S sport builders extra management over reminiscence on the console. A brand new Xbox software program growth package has been launched to builders not too long ago, and it frees up extra reminiscence for builders to entry for Xbox Collection S video games and boosts efficiency in sure titles.
“Tons of of extra megabytes of reminiscence are actually accessible to Xbox Collection S builders,” says Microsoft’s Sport Dev group in a video detailing the updates. “This offers builders extra management over reminiscence, which might enhance graphics efficiency in memory-constrained situations.”
The $299 Xbox Collection S launched as a console able to 1440p gaming at as much as 120fps, however many video games have solely hit 1080p and with out the upper body charges of the extra highly effective Xbox Collection X. Microsoft’s bigger and extra highly effective Xbox Collection X console ships with much more GPU energy, nevertheless it additionally has 16GB of RAM whereas the smaller Xbox Collection S solely has 10GB. Builders should work with round 8GB of reminiscence on the Collection S, as Microsoft reserves round 2GB for OS duties.
These reminiscence constraints have been detailed by Digital Foundry, with builders reportedly feeling some ache round optimizing video games for the Xbox Collection S. It’s much less the CPU and GPU energy of the Xbox Collection S, significantly because the Collection S has the identical CPU because the X, however extra the reminiscence scenario. Microsoft’s enhancements, albeit small, might assist scale back a few of that friction round growing video games for the Xbox Collection S.
Microsoft has additionally “addressed a problem the place graphics digital addresses have been being allotted significantly slower than non-graphics digital addresses,” which suggests Xbox video games can now take higher benefit of different current reminiscence enhancements that Microsoft has added to its Xbox developer instruments. Fingers crossed this all means we’ll see some enhancements to efficiency in some video games working on the Xbox Collection S quickly.