Quick Note: Xbox One Gets GPU Bump
August 2, 2013 12:34 PM
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It's fighting to keep up with the PlayStation 4
Microsoft gave its upcoming Xbox One console a graphics performance boost in an effort to compete with
the PlayStation 4
Xbox Live VP Marc Whitten said that the Xbox One's GPU clock speed is now 853MHz, up from the previous 800MHz.
While Microsoft seems to be making an effort, it still doesn't quite touch the PS4. According to
, the PS4 still beats the Xbox One in raw graphics power by about 40 percent.
Microsoft also announced other changes, such as a "mono driver," which is supposed to be a 100 percent optimized graphics driver for the Xbox One.
Microsoft announced its
Xbox One console
in late May. The new machine will feature an APU with eight x86-64 cores; 8GB of DDR3 RAM; a GPU based on an AMD GCN architecture; a 500 GB non-replaceable hard drive; three USB 3.0 ports; HDMI, and a Blu-ray optical drive.
Sony announced the PS4 in June, which is a $399 console featuring an 8-core 64-bit x86 Jaguar CPU built by AMD; a Radeon GPU comprised of 18 compute units (achieves 1.84 TFLOPS); a 6x Blu-ray drive; 8GB of GDDR5 of unified RAM; USB 3.0; Bluetooth 2.1; HDMI; optical out, and 802.11n Wi-Fi.
Sony has been ahead of the game with the PS4 thanks to the Xbox One being more expensive, having more DRM and being slower. The Xbox One has received a lot of criticism for the restrictions it placed on gamers, such as
the used games ban
and the new "always-on" digital rights management (DRM) system, which posed a problem for many people who are either in rural areas with slow Internet connections, travelling or experience Internet issues with providers. Microsoft later
retracted these features
after major complaints, and is now working to keep up with Sony.
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8/2/2013 12:59:07 PM
53/800 = 6.6%
So...less than a 7% boost in performance. If a game is struggling along at 30FPS, that almost gets you to 32FPS.
I guess that matters. Still...not sure it was exactly news-worthy. And it certainly doesn't help matters when comparing against the PS4.
8/2/2013 2:23:57 PM
Sony hasn't even officially announced the frequency of the PS4's GPU units. It could be 854Mhz, who knows.
8/2/2013 5:03:08 PM
That;s what I was thinking, too. Up to 5% is just a margin of error. 7% is above that, into the measurable territory, but will never be felt. Ever.
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