Since the reveal of the Xbox One S this week, a few questions have raised in regards to what the S model offers. One studio figurehead mentioned a boost in visuals. Phil Spencer went on record to say that this isn’t factual, and that there is no intentional upgrade offered as part of the console’s features.
In an interview with Eurogamer, head of Xbox Phil Spencer said of the different between the Xbox One and Xbox One S “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.”
Gears of War 4 lead developer Rod Fergusson said that the S model would improve surface detail on things like metal and armour in their upcoming title, yet Phil Spencer begs to differ.
“I don’t want anybody to think this is somehow a performance boost for Xbox One games. That’s why we said HDR on-screen, and that’s what we want to be explicit about. Outside of that, you should expect your Xbox One games to run exactly the same,” Spencer added.