The next-generation Xbox line of consoles, which are known as the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, are set to release in November of this year after a successful pre-order campaign last month. Now, the Series S will come with 512GB of internal space, while the Series X tops out at 1TB.
While some might view the SSD space of both consoles as good enough from the outset, that might not be the case because real-world storage will be lower since the operating system among other things will take up a significant amount.
As expected, then, the consoles will have a smaller amount left over for video games and other entertainment mediums. That is not good since next-generation video games will likely increase in size when compared to the current generation.
What is Microsoft doing about this?
According to Xbox director of program management Jason Ronald in the latest Xbox related podcast, gamers will have the option to uninstall certain aspects of their games in order to preserve space. So, for example, if you are not interested in the single-player section of a game, then remove it and keep the multiplayer.
“Even beyond the hardware, we’ve actually made user interface improvements to make it easier for you to manage your storage,” says Ronald. “As an example, one of the new features we’re adding is actually for, if a title chooses to support it, the ability to selectively uninstall different components of the game.”
As it stands, it is up to developers to support this feature, so outside of Microsoft’s first-party games, it may take a while for all third-party developers to give gamers the option.
The podcast touched on several topics, but the ability to uninstall parts of a game is probably one of the most important pieces of information.