Rich and John speak in their latest DF Direct.
The compact, cut-price Xbox Series S – and yet again, seems to take Microsoft forever to decide to unveil its long-rumored next-gen console. The revelation came this week, It was pre-planned, as Microsoft scrambled to respond to its form factor and spirit leaks.
The rich leadbater of digital foundry and John Lineman were introduced to the machine six months ago, when they went to the MicroSF headquarters in Washington’s Redmond for a special appearance on the Xbox Series X. They will finally break their silence on this very unusual new thing. Console in a special episode of Digital Foundry Direct, which you can see in the embed below.
All conversations have been tapped this week, including the segments filmed back in Redmond in March – including the prices of the Micro .ft and the status of the Series S, with not much to chew on in the video. (As an added bonus, check out the CrimeAchch-style rebuild at the moment the Series S pair were spotted in Richmond – when the micro rep made the report a console dropping from the handbag.)
Despite its unscheduled outings, the Series S has received a pretty warm welcome this week – and small surprises. It’s a sleek little machine that offers amazing value – and both its price (the same launch price as the PlayStation 2 and the first Xbox) and its tidy, toy-like form factor bring it back to the old days of games consoles. It is surprisingly full-featured, sharing faster storage, ray tracing hardware and Series X’s next-gen CPU tech, with the goal of delivering visuals at lower resolutions (and with more power efficiency). This week, we’ve considered some decent footage of the games that are also considered on the Series S – including Gears 5 at 120fps.
Compromise? Beyond the lack of an iClick drive, its 500GB of memory will become a tight squeeze for games developed for next-gen, like 500GB of gen non-GB storage. Other than that, there’s still a lot we don’t know and it’s hard to say how it affects the gaming experience on the Series S, it’s worth pointing out, Microsoft talked about the Series S ‘1440p target resolution, the famous unrealistic engine demo The more powerful PlayStation 5 also ran at 1440p. Can S deliver anything like that experience? Time will tell
What we do know now is that the pitch for MicroS.ft’s Xbox Series S – and to some extent, even the Series X – is the opposite of what we’ve seen before for the new pay generation console. Instead of aiming to wow core gamers with new experiences, it is addressing a wider market and talking about the value offered by the Game Pass and Access L subscription plan – and the affordable, honorable Series S completely off that message. Fits, especially in the current economic environment it may be the right console at the right time.
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