Starfield Xbox Series S leaves fans in confusion
We are getting closer to Starfield’s release, and there is one question that we have all yet to answer. The answer will decide whether or not we end up with a game worthy of being a contender for the best of the year, or an unmemorable disappointment. What will the actual performance be?
Some gamers are already concerned that Starfield will be restricted to 30fps on consoles. While recently tried to launch a petition in an attempt to increase this to 60fps frame rates, Todd Howard, the game director, previously stated that Bethesda had “never considered taking away features” to improve frame rates.
Starfield, with its over 1,000 planets, is a game that requires a lot of power. It’s not surprising that players have wondered how it will run on the Xbox SeriesS. The Series S GPU is not as powerful as its more expensive counterpart Series X. It also has a lower maximum resolution at 1440p, compared to 8K for the Series X.
The r/Starfield Subreddit highlighted that Bethesda design director Emil Pagliarulo tweeted that he had been playtesting Starfield and that he’d received a public question about how it performed and looked on the Series S. Pagliarulo responded, “Listen to Howard himself” and provided a link to an article that quoted Howard as saying the game “looks great” on this cheaper console.
While that may sound positive, others are worried that Pagliarulo didn’t express his opinion: “Emil speaks very lightly about Starfield in Series S,” wrote Neosss1995. Just wait and see if there are any Series S previews. Cyberpunk did not and this was a big red flag. You should be worried if they don’t show Series S performances,” said Adonisrambo.
It’s understandable that Pagliarulo would be worried, but it is important to remember that he is likely following strict guidelines not to reveal too much about Starfield, so he chose to link to an official quote instead of sharing his opinion. We’ll hopefully get more information on the performance of Starfield on Series S before the launch.