We already know almost everything about both new generation Microsoft game consoles. But one important feature is still behind the scenes. According to John Linneman from Digital Foundry, the junior console – Xbox Series S – will be inferior to the older one not only in performance.
Linneman argues that the more affordable set-top box will not be able to run games for past generations of Xboxes with graphics improvements at the Xbox One X level, as the Xbox Series X will be able to do. Instead, we will be waiting for the “Xbox One S mode”.
The reason for that is the difference in performance, but it’s not the GPU, it’s the amount of video memory that plays the role of operational memory. Recall that the Xbox Series X has 16 GB of RAM allocated to two clusters (10 GB and 6 GB), while the Xbox Series S has only 10 GB of memory (8 GB and 2 GB).
However, for now, this is unconfirmed information, although it looks logical.