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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 Verge, 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. 

Source: The Verge

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Not convinced
By techxx on 8/2/2013 2:49:06 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not convinced that the One will be that far behind the PS4 in terms of end-user experience as far as graphics go. What's more important are the tools provided to take advantage of the hardware, and I like to believe MS has a big advantage over the PS4 in that area.

The fact that both systems will be exponentially more powerful than current systems will mean phenomenal games and graphics. The One also has a big advantage with the Kinect.

RE: Not convinced
By Krioni on 8/2/2013 5:29:00 PM , Rating: 3
I have to agree that MS is likely to have better dev tools (I use their .NET dev tools daily and they are certainly head and shoulders above most of the competition). I assume MS will be/is leveraging their experience on the .NET front to create better tools for XBone.

With that said, i'm still buying a PS4 because I happen to like the Sony products better. I've had XBox (original), PS3, now pre-ordered for PS4.

I disagree completely that the Kinect is a "big advantage"... I just don't see it for core gaming. Perhaps it will provide them an advantage for casual/kiddie/family games though.

In the end, people will continue to buy what they're familiar with... most of the XBOX 360 fans will buy the XBone and most of the PS3 fans will buy PS4. There will be a marginal number of people who jump ship in either direction.

In the eyes of moms and dads, the $100 price difference will likely help the PS4 get some extra sales for Christmas.

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