In a new installment of tech outlet Digital Foundry's weekly podcast, the group touches on last month's Baldur's Gate 3 Xbox drama - namely the issues that developer Larian seems to be running into regarding Xbox Series S.

If you're unaware of the drama, basically, a developer statement on the lack of an Xbox version of Baldur's Gate 3 seemingly pointed at Xbox Series S being the issue. The team said it has been "unable to get splitscreen co-op to work to the same standard on both Xbox Series X and S".

The podcast hosts discuss this issue in the above video, along with the power gap between Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X - even questioning whether Microsoft should allow devs to drop features if they can't get them running right on Xbox Series S.

"They are working on an Xbox version [of Baldur's Gate 3], it's not officially announced as coming out, but, it sounds like it is in production. The current reason they haven't announced it seems to boil down to, based on the statement, they can't get the split screen working on Xbox Series S.

This is the first time we've heard something specifically related to a gameplay feature that is not working well on the Series S."

The hosts offer up their own viewpoints on whether features should be dropped on the budget Xbox console, especially in cases like this, where such problems are seemingly preventing Xbox Series X versions from releasing. Here's what host John Linneman had to say:

"I feel like in cases like this it should be acceptable to release a version for Xbox Series X with that feature [splitscreen], and leave that feature behind on Series S. I'd rather see the Series X be properly utilised, or at least get the game at all, than to just skip the console because they can't get this feature running acceptably on a different machine."

Of course, another Xbox title that ran into local co-op issues was none other than Halo Infinite. Microsoft never pointed the finger at Xbox Series S there — especially considering the game released on Xbox One — but feasibly, splitscreen could have been dropped for last-gen only. We'll never know the true culprit for Infinite as 343 straight up cancelled local co-op on all systems.

It all certainly makes for an interesting discussion and one that, frankly, could become a tough conundrum for Microsoft to solve given how many Xbox Series S players are now enjoying the console in 2023.

What do you make of all this? Should features be dropped on Series S if needs be? Let us know your thoughts down below.