Some Xbox Exclusives Have Much Smaller File Sizes On Xbox Series S Than Series X

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In the lead-up to the launch of the Xbox Series X and the smaller, digital-only Series S, Microsoft has promised that the less-powerful console would feature file sizes up to 30% smaller for games. Now, GameSpot has confirmed that three major Xbox console exclusives are indeed significantly smaller on the Xbox Series S than on Series X.

The slightly lowered visual fidelity of the Series S means that some huge games are able to shrink down compared to the 4K-compatible titles on the more powerful next-gen Xbox. This is good news, as the Series S only has a 500GB SSD compared to the 1TB drive in the Series X, of which 364GB is usable.

GameSpot has checked the file sizes on three big Xbox exclusives–Gears 5, Forza Horizon 4, and Sea of Thieves–and found that the file sizes do, indeed, differ dramatically. Sea of Thieves, in particular, shows a huge difference–the Series S file is less than half the size of the Series X file.

Here are our findings:

Gears 5

  • Series X: 71.9GB
  • Series S: 55.1GB

Forza Horizon 4

  • Series X: 84.6GB
  • Series S: 71.4GB

Sea of Thieves

  • Series X: 46.6GB
  • Series S: 17.02GB

This should make it a little easier to cram the Series S drive full of Game Pass titles–which is how a lot of people will likely use the system, since it doesn’t come with a disc drive.

GameSpot’s complete review of the Series S is coming soon. Check out more of our next-gen Xbox launch coverage below:

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