Don’t expect games running on the Xbox One S to get a performance boost… despite what Gears of War 4 devs have claimed.
Xbox One S’ slight power advantage will have “literally no impact” on game performance
Yesterday, Rod Fergusson told Polygon that Gears of War 4’s dynamic resolution scaling will benefit from the increased power in the Xbox One S. Although minor, Fergusson said it would be used to reduce the frequency of performance penalties.
Today, speaking to Eurogamer Xbox planning lead Albert Penello said that the increase in power is insignificant.
“When we made changes to the box for 4K we unlocked a little bit more processing power to enable HDR,” he told the site. “That’s it. It’s exactly the same architecture as the existing one.
“To support HDR, we give people access to a little more CPU and GPU. That’s it. It is so insignificant it is mind boggling it is being picked up.”
Penello added that the CPU and GPU have not been overclocked, and that there won’t be any performance differences for games on the One S. “I promise, it won’t even show up. It will have no impact on games at all,” he explained.
“Literally no impact. They will be identical. It’s nothing, it is literally nothing.”
Head of Xbox Phil Spencer later also reiterated these comments, saying that changing the innards of a console over the cycle always results in very minor performance changes, so it’s nothing new.
“We’ve gone through – even on the existing hardware – multiple hardware iterations on the inside.
“There will be certain decisions that are made either for cost reasons or other supply chain reasons that can result in slightly different performance, whether it’s disc drive throughput… everything’s not always pegged at exactly the same number.”
The Xbox One S was announced at Microsoft’s E3 showcase. It’s 40 percent smaller than the original Xbox One, and includes support for 4K video, as well as UHD Blu-ray player.
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