Following the official announcement of the Xbox One S at E3, many people speculated that the 4K-capable console would give games a performance boost. According to Microsoft, Xbox One games will look “identical” on the Xbox One S. Xbox planning lead Albert Penello spoke with Eurogamer at E3 about the additional CPU and GPU power, where he stated that it will have no significant impact on gameplay whatsoever.
“When we made changes to the box for 4K we unlocked a little bit more processing power to enable HDR. That’s it. It’s exactly the same architecture as the existing one. To support HDR, we give people access to a little more CPU and GPU. That’s it. It is so insignificant it is mind boggling it is being picked up.” —
Eurogamer asked Phil Spencer a similar question and received the same response.
“It was designed to play Xbox One games exactly the same way your existing Xbox One does. The one definitive feature that’s different is HDR. So, with the increased HDMI capability, it has the ability to support high dynamic range. I will say – and I’ve been asked about this – and I’m not trying to dodge the question, you should expect it to play your games the same way an Xbox One does. We did not design this to play Xbox One games better than the original Xbox One console.” —
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