Microsoft has been touting the very short loading timed enabled by the Xbox Series X and Series S, and now we have a concrete example of the improvements in The Outer Worlds.
In a deep-dive video released on Wednesday about the newly announced Xbox Series S, Microsoft demonstrated the difference in loading The Outer World on an Xbox One S and an Xbox Series S. Released in October 2019 on Play Station 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One, the open-world role-playing game is notorious for its lengthy load times.
With the continue option from The Outer Worlds’ main menu, an Xbox One S took 53 seconds to load the game. On an Xbox Series S, the same load took just 12 seconds a reduction of more than 77%. This showing a similar reduction in load times for State of Decay 2.
It’s worth noting that The Outer Worlds developer Obsidian Entertainment said in July that it’s enhancing the game and both of its expansions for the Xbox Series X and Series S. There’s no word on whether the loading times demo was using the existing Xbox One version played on an Xbox Series S via backward compatibility, or if it was the “Optimized for Xbox Series X/S” version.
Both the Xbox Series S and the more powerful Xbox Series X feature a custom NVMe solid X feature a custom NVMe solid-state drive that is engineered to load games into memory much more quickly, one of the benefits of which is shorter load times. The console will both be released on November 10 worldwide.