Xbox Series S Game Sizes to be Smaller Than Xbox Series X

Xbox Series S Game Sizes to be Smaller Than Xbox Series X - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 October 2020 / 1,654 Views

Xbox director of program management Jason Ronald in an interview with IGN has stated game sizes will be smaller 30 percent smaller on the Xbox Series S than the Xbox Series X. This is good news as the Xbox Series S comes with a 512GB SSD, while the Xbox Series X comes with a 1TB SSD. 

The smaller game sizes for the Xbox Series S is due to the console running games at 1440p or 1080p resolution, while the Xbox Series X will run games at 4K resolution.

"With a performance target of 1440p at 60 fps, our expectation is that developers will not ship their highest level mipmaps to Xbox Series S, which will reduce the size of the games," Ronald said. "Ultimately the controls in the developer's hands.

Xbox Series S

"We've had this technology for a while that allows developers to intelligently choose which assets to install on which device they're playing on. So the flexibility is in the developers’ hands to make sure the right assets are there."

The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S will launch on November 10 for $499 and $299, respectively. Pre-orders will begin on September 22.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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10 Comments

VAMatt (on 17 September 2020)

I'm interested to learn what files sizes will be like next gen.


TallSilhouette (on 17 September 2020)

Iirc the PS5 supports BD's up to 100GB and I assume XB is the same, so I'd guess the average would be around there give or take the size of the day 1 patch. Some may use two discs.


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Azzanation (on 17 September 2020)

Makes up for the smaller SSD


trunkswd (on 17 September 2020)

Doesn't quite make up for the entire difference. 30% smaller with an SSD 50% smaller. But it will help a lot. I'm buying the Series S at launch.


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Mr Puggsly (on 18 September 2020)

Given it has less RAM I figure Series S versions may use lower quality textures in some titles. Perhaps video files can also drop down to 1440p versus 4K. We are already seeing some of this on Xbox One and One X.


DonFerrari (on 18 September 2020)

That was expected. Good to have confirmation.


LivncA_Dis3 (on 17 September 2020)

hahahaha its up to the devs though which will make it twice more work for a weaker console


Mr Puggsly (on 18 September 2020)

This is something developers already do if you have a Xbox One X.


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V-r0cK (on 18 September 2020)

@Mr Puggsly, now I'm curious, does installing a game on Xbox One X uses more storage than if you were to install the same game on a regular Xbox One?


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Mr Puggsly (on 18 September 2020)

Yeah, some titles do change in size for X1X. Sometimes its obvious why, certain titles have higher quality textures not used by base specs. The Xbox One X automatically downloads the larger version of the game.

Think of it this way. On PC sometimes the enhanced texture packs are separate download and can be 20+ GB.


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