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Microsoft Confirms that New Xbox One Will Be Faster

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Microsoft Confirms that New Xbox One Will Be Faster

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Microsoft has finally come out and admitted what many had speculated for some time: without Kinect the new Xbox One SKU will be able to run faster.

Speaking to Eurogamer, a Microsoft spokesperson stated that once Kinect is stripped away “the additional resources allow access to up to 10 per cent additional GPU performance. We’re committed to giving developers new tools and flexibility to make their Xbox One games even better by giving them the option to use the GPU reserve in whatever way is best for them and their games.”

The company declined to say whether it will give the console more 1080p 60fps titles to compete directly with the PlayStation 4 only dancing around the question to say:

“Xbox One games look beautiful and have rich gameplay and platform features. How developers choose to access the extra GPU performance for their games will be up to them. We have started working with a number of developers on how they can best take advantage of these changes. We will have more to share in the future.”

The comments follow news that Microsoft will release a new SDK for developers in June to access the additional GPU resources previously reserved for Kinect. Microsoft clarified that developers would have to make use of the SDK and it wouldn’t simply be a matter of unplugging Kinect from existing consoles and suddenly receiving a boost in performance.

“Accessing the additional GPU resources is done by the developer, and how developers choose to access the extra GPU performance for their games is up to them,” it confirmed.

While the boost could be good news in the Xbox One’s battle with the PlayStation 4 to be console top dog, it is likely to be bad news for Kinect. The innovative motion controlled system has long been labelled as a breakthrough technology in need of an actual use and with developers marginalising its use up to now it appears far more likely that they will prefer to access more raw horsepower than design a secondary control system.

All of which means Microsoft really does look to have short changed existing Xbox One owners. Having asked them to stump up a $100 premium over the PS4, which it admitted was due to the cost of integrating Kinect, the company will now sell a new Kinect-less Xbox One for the same $399 asking price as the PS4.

So if any developers were unsure whether to integrate Kinect from now on or just take the extra performance, the fact the biggest selling version of the Xbox One is likely to be the SKU without Kinect should make up their minds for them.

Which ultimately begs the question: why oh why didn’t Microsoft just make the Xbox One a little more powerful in the first place…

 

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Xbox One pre-order for Singapore starts Friday

Source: Channel News Asia

SINGAPORE: Ahead of the Xbox One launch in Singapore on Sep 23, gamers can now pre-order one of two official Xbox One bundles from Friday (Aug 15), Microsoft has announced.The Xbox One Launch Console Bundle, priced at S$639, will include the Xbox One console — which features a 500GB hard drive, Blu-ray player and built-in Wi-Fi — one Xbox One Wireless Controller, a chat headset, a HDMI cable, a free 14-day trial of Xbox Live Gold ...
Source: Channel News Asia   Full article at: Channel News Asia 6 days ago, 10:51pm CDT
 

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Xbox One pre-order starts Friday

Source: Channel News Asia

SINGAPORE: Ahead of the Xbox One launch in Singapore on Sept 23, gamers can now pre-order one of two official Xbox One bundles from Friday (Aug 15), Microsoft has announced.The Xbox One Launch Console Bundle, priced at S$639, will include the Xbox One console — which features a 500GB hard drive, Blu-ray player and built-in Wi-Fi — one Xbox One Wireless Controller, a chat headset, a HDMI cable, a free 14-day trial of Xbox Live Gold for new members and a ...
Source: Channel News Asia   Full article at: Channel News Asia 6 days ago, 10:40pm CDT
 

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Sony sells more than 10 million PlayStation 4 consoles

Source: Asia One

SAN FRANCISCO - Sony Corp said on Tuesday that sales of its PlayStation 4 video game console, launched in November, has surpassed 10 million units.In April, the Japanese company said it had sold over 7 million PlayStation 4 units as of April 6 and was struggling to keep up with consumer demand.The console went on sale on November 29 in the United States, Western Europe and Latin America, around the same time that rival Microsoft Corp's Xbox One was released. ...
Source: Asia One   Full article at: Asia One Aug 13 2014, 3:53am CDT
 

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Xbox One Getting DLNA Support and Threaded Messages in Future Updates

Source: ign

Microsoft announced that they will be implementing new media streaming options in an upcoming update for the Xbox One. In a video released today, Xbox One engineer Ashley Speicher walked us through some of the upcoming features. Of the many upcoming features, one of the biggest is the DLNA support, which allows you to play media content through any connected USB device, with plans to add home network support shortly after ...
Source: ign   Full article at: ign Aug 12 2014, 4:40pm CDT
 

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Sony PlayStation 4 console sales top 10 million

Source: CNBC

Console went on sale in November in US, W. Europe and Latin America, around the same time rival Microsoft's Xbox One ...
Source: CNBC   Full article at: CNBC Aug 12 2014, 2:17pm CDT
 

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