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Microsoft to Boost Xbox One’s Graphics Processor Clock Speed From 800 MHz to 853 MHz

Good news for those ardently awaiting the Xbox One! Microsoft managed to find a way to increase the graphics processor’s speed quite a bit, just before sending it off to mass production. Microsoft’s corporate vice president for Xbox Marc Whitten announced during the Major Nelson podcast that the engines will be boosted from 800 MHz to 853 MHz. Actually, this is a very small increase, if we think about it.

So basically we are going to see an increase of exactly 53 MHz, which represents a 6.6% increase. What does that mean in actual terms you might wonder? Well first of all, it might help the Xbox One rival more closely, up and personal with the Sony Playstation 4. Which was estimated to feature 50% more raw power. Mister Whitten explained:

This is the time where we’ve gone from the theory of how the hardware works—what do we think the yield is going to look like, what is the thermal envelope, how do things come together—to really having them in our hands.  It’s actually been really good news for us, and an example of that is we’ve tweaked up the clock speed on the GPU from 800MHz to 853MHz. Just an example of how you start landing the programme, as you get closer to launch.

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A small, but not neglectable increase in graphics

With this late upgrade, is Microsoft trying to avoid the catastrophe that has been known as the “Red ring of death” which appeared in the wake of the launch of the Xbox 360? We surely hope so. The company has also received avid criticism related to the fact that its performance was set way lower than the Sony PlayStation 4, especially since the Xbox One is more expensive.

The same Marc Witten:

Since E3, an example is that we’ve dropped in what we internally call our mono driver. It’s our graphics driver that really is 100 percent optimised for the Xbox One hardware. You know, you sort of start with the base [DirectX] driver, and then you take out all parts that don’t look like Xbox One and you add in everything that really, really optimises that experience. Almost all of our content partners have really picked it up now, and it’s really, I think made a really nice improvement.

But will this be enough? We have to take into account that the Play Station 4 also taps on RAM 8GB DDR 5 will the Xbox One comes with 8GB DDR3 RAM. Also, the memory system in PS4 appears to be more robust. With such features we might expect to see better and more attractive games on this console.

Why is Microsoft trying so hard to get it right before the device hits production? Because gaming consoles usually have a long life cycle. The Xbox One’s predecessor the Xbox 360 was launched 7 years ago.

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