Xbox One S confirmed to pack minor performance improvements

By Scorpus ยท 9 replies
Aug 3, 2016
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  1. Microsoft has advertised the new Xbox One S as an upgrade on the original Xbox One in two key areas: the smaller, more attractive design; and proper support for both HDR content and 4K videos. What Microsoft hasn't advertised is that this new console does pack a small performance boost in some games, as confirmed by Digital Foundry.

    The console performance testing experts at Digital Foundry ran a number of games on the new Xbox One S, and came to the following case-by-case conclusions:

    • In Project Cars, performance improves by up to 11 percent (or nine FPS) during heavy rain
    • In Hitman, the Xbox One S was 6.1 percent faster in cutscenes, and 8.1 percent faster in general gameplay, using the game's unlocked frame rate mode
    • In Resident Evil 5 Remastered, performance improvements came in at 2.5 percent
    • In Rise of the Tomb Raider, fewer frame rate drops below a locked 30 FPS were observed
    • In Batman: Arkham Knight, smoothness improved thanks to a 4 percent increase in average FPS, leading to less time spent below the locked 30 FPS target.
    • No performance improvements were noted in Fallout 4.

    These minor performance improvements come from a slight clock speed increase to the Xbox One's GPU, along with increased ESRAM bandwidth. On the Xbox One S, the GPU is now clocked at 914 MHz (up from 853 MHz), while ESRAM sits at 219 GB/s (up from 204 GB/s).

    The clock speed increases here could be likened to a factory overclocked graphics card, which typically lead to minor frame rate improvements like we're seeing with the Xbox One S. Due to an unchanged CPU clock speed and memory system, games that aren't GPU-limited will see no change to performance, and those which consistently hit their frame rate cap won't improve either.

    Microsoft claims the increased GPU clock speed is necessary to facilitate HDR gaming, so the performance boosts in non-HDR games are a byproduct of the hardware changes. The company is quick to note that not every game benefits from increased performance, any any improvements are very minor, which is why they "didn't want to make it a 'selling point' for the new console."

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  2. Kenrick

    Kenrick TS Evangelist Posts: 570   +372

    Ouch. hope sony wont follow this kind of upgrade.
  3. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +233

    Why ouch?
  4. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 2,106   +1,282

    They already announced the PS4 neo coming out next year and it's a heck lot bigger upgrade.
  5. Duckeenie

    Duckeenie TS Booster Posts: 80   +62

    So that's what happened to all those surplus Packard Bell desktop PC cases in the 90s.
    wastedkill likes this.
  6. Kenrick

    Kenrick TS Evangelist Posts: 570   +372

    I was expecting more than this. So they only overclocked the old hardware and make revisions to the board to make it smaller and sell it. Anyway, I am hoping the next PS4 should have a proper hardware upgrade.
  7. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +233

    Sony and Microsoft are both putting out new consoles next year with (supposedly) major hardware revisions. The Xbox One S is mostly intended to be exactly what it is... Xbox One Slim.
    NightAngel79 and Lionvibez like this.
  8. ghostf1re

    ghostf1re TS Booster Posts: 174   +70

    Expecting more than this? They already stated this is a small upgrade just to add HDR to gaming and 4K video viewing to Blu-ray. This really just is nothing more than a slim version. The real upgrade comes next year.
  9. Kenrick

    Kenrick TS Evangelist Posts: 570   +372

    I see. Thanks for the info.
    treeski likes this.
  10. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +67

    Interesting, I don't have a 4k set yet but I know some that went and bought them before the Xbox S was out. Fingers crossed they have hdmi2.0a otherwise they are screwed.

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