Xbox Series S game sizes will be 30% smaller than on Xbox Series X

By Sean Carey,
The Xbox Series S comes with a somewhat small capacity 512GB NVMe SSD compared to full 1TB drive included with the Xbox Series X, but according to Xbox director of program management Jason Ronald, game install sizes on the all-digital machine will be much smaller.

Xbox Series S 30% smaller games

Ronald told IGN that install sizes will be around 30% smaller on the Xbox Series S than on the Xbox Series X thanks to the all-digital console needing reduced resolution texture packages. The Series S is targeting a 1440p resolution, so it doesn't need those 4K assets that the Series X requires.

"With a performance target of 1440p at 60fps, 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. 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." It seems that Microsoft is relying on the developer to decide what's included in its game file. It's possible that only developers from Xbox Game Studios might make use of the all-digital console's technology, and third-party developers might not bother at all.

Jason Ronald recently revealed that Series X game file sizes will be kept "as small as possible" thanks to Microsoft working closely with developers to keep file sizes low, and the next-gen console's capabilities.

Game file sizes have been swelling in recent months, but with the sensible way the Series S handles games, you might actually be able to store more than just Call of Duty: Modern Warfare on your Xbox Series S.
Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Hey, I’m Sean! I joined both TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies as a staff writer in 2019. I’m a big fan of the Metal Gear Solid series and love a good narrative adventure. Most evenings you’ll find me failing to get a win in Call of Duty: Warzone.