October 3, 2023

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Starfield appears to be running well on the Xbox Series S amid questions about the console’s power

Starfield appears to be running well on the Xbox Series S amid questions about the console’s power

Starfield reviews are here, and the internet is full of clips, impressions, and everything in between. If you’ve been curious about how Bethesda’s latest single-player RPG performs on the Xbox Series S, you should be happy to know that the console can run the game just fine.

In our performance review of Starfield, we tested all three versions of Starfield. Like the Xbox Series X version, the Series S version of Starfield is locked at 30fps and, for the most part, maintains that frame rate consistently.

“The Series S delivers an almost identical performance rating and shows the team worked hard to ensure the console didn’t suffer from its big brother,” said Michael Thompson in the video.

However, there are some issues with the Series S version, but nothing major. We notice in the video that both console versions have some stuttering issues, such as in combat and when exploring big cities. However, our reviewer noted that it’s short and drops FPS to the mid-20s “at worst”. He did note that streaming and upload stuttering were “slightly” worse on the Series S compared to the Series X, but nothing that would make it unplayable.

Since the release of Series S in 2020, there has always been a conversation about Series S compatibility and whether this console will hinder developers making games on Series X. While the lower visual quality is the big difference between the two.

Last year, Microsoft noted that the Xbox Series S got a performance boost to help free up extra megabytes of memory after it was released. previously indicated That developers had issues with memory limitations, which made it difficult to optimize games on the Series S.

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Some players will be able to play Starfield as early as tomorrow. For more information, see our full performance review, or read our full written review. If you’re starting your trek tomorrow, be sure to check out our guides.

Taylor is a reporter at IGN. You can follow her on Twitter @ty nixter.