Xbox Series S vs Ray Tracing: The story so far

The Xbox Series S is, on paper, every bit as feature-rich as the Series X. It's based on the same fundamental RAM, storage, CPU, and GPU technologies - which of course means that it is ray tracing capable. You can absolutely get RT acceleration on the system, just like any other RDNA 2-based hardware platform.

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darthv72512d ago

The S is a pretty impressive machine. I could see MS transitioning it to a more portable form factor if they so desired. Maybe even team up with Valve to make steamdeck 2 essentially a portable Series S.

Tacoboto512d ago

I don't know why Microsoft hasn't taken any initiative in making a more gaming-friendly Surface Laptop. They had those 1-2 cycles with one or two AMD variants but those aren't part of the lineup anymore. AMD announced new mobile chips with massive battery life and Surface hardware financials are nosediving - in the face of Steam Deck, Windows on ARM continuing to be ASS, and Nvidia gaming laptops ever growing, MS could really use a shakeup.

Mr Logic512d ago

Imagine writing this with 0 knowledge of anything that you're talking about. Please explain how they would "transition" a 100W device into a 15W portable form factor.

darthv72512d ago

...die shrinks tend to increase efficiency and reduce tdp which would result in a more cost effective and portable friendly chip. Reducing the amount of power reduces the amount of heat which reduces the need for the current heat dissipation design which can lead to a reduced overall size and make it more portable.

It's really not that hard to figure out as it has been done for decades with each revision of hardware over the course of a platforms lifecycle.

ChasterMies511d ago

MS will never team up with Valve. They run competing stores on PC. Also, the Series S hardware couldn’t work as a handheld. That giant cooling fan is an indicator of the kind of heat that is pumped out by those chips. I don’t see much investment from Microsoft into ARM based chips and mobile graphics chips.

darthv72511d ago

...well not in its current state. I swear people all of a sudden just forgot how chip technology evolves. Just look at something like the PS2 and PS2 slim. Same tech but they cut the size to 1/4 of the original. If we apply the same logic to something that is digital in nature, the series s can be shrunk down to roughly the same size as the slim ps2 or possibly even smaller. If the PSP is basically a portable PS2 and the Vita a PS3 then why is it so hard to think there could be a portable series s?

I have no doubts about 'could it be done'... the bigger question is 'would it be done'? That is for MS to decide. And looking at the steamdeck for comparison, the deck is pretty much already a portable PS4 so if it had a beefier CPU/GPU (like the Series S) then yes it can be done as a portable. Dont be surprised if steam deck 2 comes out as a 4tf or even 6tf machine. Like i said above, shrinks happen.

darkrider512d ago (Edited 512d ago )

Ray tracing... If the ps5 and series x got problems to have games with rt without huge drops on rez.... Why even talk about a console that most games run at dynamic 1080p... Playing games at 540p with Ray tracing like the matrix demo or fortnite... That's why almost all games don't use on the s...

Elda512d ago

The very reason I traded in my Series S for the Series X.

darkrider512d ago

Huge upgrade. Good move. Get ready for next Gen gaming and forza will be the top dog in terms of ray tracing.

If you play in big TV, having a series x is the best choice between those two consoles.

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ChasterMies511d ago

You can run games at lower graphic settings on Xbox Series S, but do you want to? For $100 more, you can buy a PS5 digital that has better graphics and more hard drive space. When it comes to game consoles, less is not more. Save your pennies.


iPhone release helps Resident Evil Village hit ten million sales

Resident Evil Villages sales numbers helped the videogame series hit a staggering 157 million sales 28 years after Resident Evil came out.

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CrashMania10d ago

Lol I doubt iPhone contributed much to that figure, the vast majority would have been PS5 and PC.

mastershredder9d ago (Edited 9d ago )

Yeah, of course the mobile sites are going to make news out of the couple digit in-the-thousands or so downloads as a major contribution. The original story was that Village hit the 10 million mark across all the platforms, nice for mobile fans to take it up a serious notch like it was due on behalf of mobile.


What Made Resident Evil Village an Excellent Survival Horror Game?

GB: "Resident Evil Village is three years old now, and looking back, it’s still a game that fills me with immense joy."

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We’re long overdue a new Matrix game but I’m done with Neo and Trinity

Following the announcement of The Matrix 5, a new Matrix game on PS5 and Xbox needs to happen, but let's leave Keanu Reeves behind.

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CrimsonWing6975d ago

That unreal demo was amazing, to bad it was “unreal” and stayed as a proof of concept.

SinisterKieran75d ago

I’d give anything to be able to play the mmo that came out. I was too young and has no computer…

raWfodog75d ago

I would love to see a new matrix game. That is indeed a game world that has plenty of story and gameplay potential.

ChasterMies75d ago

I’ll only play a Matrix game if it has more Neo and Trinity. I saw the 4th Matrix movie and can’t tell you the names of anyone else.

bloop75d ago

I think I managed about 30 minutes of Resurrections before turning it off, which is bad considering the original Matrix is probably my favourite movie of all time.

-Foxtrot74d ago

I think the only good thing about the 4th film was the fact these characters came back

I just wish they managed to create a story where Morpheus could have came back aswell, even if he tried to rescue them and he also got captured so he didn't age.

anast75d ago

Trust me, I would let this one go. There is no way any available studio that can work on this game would make a good game.

isarai75d ago (Edited 75d ago )

This, i don't think anyone has the talent for this kind of game anymore, and the few that might are under the influence of live service pushing bosses.

anast75d ago

True, or working on things.