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Major RPG missing Xbox launch due to Series S struggles

Major RPG missing Xbox launch due to Series S struggles

One of the year's biggest RPGs won't launch on Xbox initially due to the limitations of the Xbox Series S.

The Xbox Series S may be one of the more reasonable consoles out there, but it’s not a popular choice among developers. In fact, many believe that the Xbox Series X is actually hindering game development.

Last year, one dev revealed that Microsoft insist on Xbox Series S compatibility being a requirement for all releases. Studios are saying though that this limits what they can achieve. For example, Gotham Knights was capped at 30fps and it’s thought to be because of this very issue. One of the game’s devs confessed that the Xbox Series S is hardly better than a previous-gen console. It now appears as if the limitations of the Series S have prevented Xbox players from getting one of the year’s biggest RPG releases.

Take a look at the latest trailer for Baldur’s Gate 3 below.

Last week, the release date for Baldur’s Gate 3 was finally revealed during Sony’s State of Play broadcast. Players will be able to get their hands on the latest from Larian Studios on 31 August, 2023, but it will be a PlayStation 5 exclusive … for now. An Xbox port is in the works but it’s claimed by The Mirror that the game isn’t an Xbox title at launch once again due to the technical issues caused by the Series S.

In a statement to IGN, Larian Studios said, “We’ve had an Xbox version of Baldur’s Gate 3 in the works for some time, but we have run into some technical issues,” adding that the split-screen co-op mode has caused the most issues. The mode works fine on the PS5 but it seems that running it on the Series X and the Series S ‘isn’t comparable.’ So while PlayStation don’t technically have an exclusivity deal, they are getting Baldur’s Gate 3 exclusively for quite some time anyway.

That being said, if Larian Studios can figure out the technical issues, then the Xbox release date could technically move up but for now, devs aren’t ready to commit to a date.

Featured Image Credit: Microsoft

Topics: Xbox, Xbox Series S, Microsoft