Microsoft has been touting the very brief loading occasions enabled by the Xbox Series X and Series S, and now we have now a concrete instance of the advance in The Outer Worlds.
In a deep-dive video launched Wednesday in regards to the newly introduced Xbox Series S, Microsoft demonstrated the distinction in loading The Outer Worlds on an Xbox One S and an Xbox Series S. Released in October 2019 on PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One, the open-world role-playing sport is infamous for its prolonged load occasions.
With the “Continue” possibility from The Outer Worlds’ most important menu, an Xbox One S took 53 seconds to load the sport. On an Xbox Series S, the identical load took simply 12 seconds — a discount of greater than 77%. This follows a tech demo from March displaying the same discount in load occasions for State of Decay 2.
It’s value noting that The Outer Worlds developer Obsidian Entertainment said in July that it’s enhancing the sport and each of its expansions for the Xbox Series X and Series S. There’s no phrase on whether or not the loading-time demo was utilizing the present Xbox One model performed on an Xbox Series S by way of backward compatibility, or if it was the “Optimized for Xbox Series X/S” model. We’ve reached out to Microsoft for clarification, and can replace this text with any data we obtain.
Wednesday’s video additionally confirmed off the next-gen Xboxes’ Quick Resume perform, which permits customers to swap between video games in seconds. The demo switches between quite a lot of current-generation and older video games — Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (Xbox One) to Minecraft Dungeons (Xbox One) to Skate 3 (Xbox 360) to Black (Xbox) — and it does seem that the video games are choosing up proper from the place they’re left off, somewhat than the purposes being closed and reopened. This is the second demonstration of Quick Resume with older video games; Microsoft has not but proven Quick Resume in motion with an Xbox Series X/S title.
Both the Xbox Series S and the extra highly effective Xbox Series X function a customized NVMe solid-state drive that’s engineered to load video games into reminiscence way more rapidly, one of many advantages of which is shorter load occasions. The consoles will each be launched Nov. 10 worldwide. Retailers will start taking pre-orders on Sept. 22.