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It also got a CPU boost and more pre-orders available

It's official: the Xbox One console will be released November 22, 2013, right in time for the holiday shopping season. 

Microsoft announced that the gaming console will be available in 13 markets as of that date, including Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, UK, and USA. It will make its way to other markets in 2014.

Microsoft made a few Xbox One announcements today, aside from just the release date. It also noted that it began full production of the Xbox One console recently in preparation for the holiday season. 
 
In addition, the Xbox One got yet another CPU boost from 1.6GHZ to 1.75GHZ, which is about a 10 percent increase in CPU performance. This is on top of the 6 percent increase the console received recently. 

Earlier this month, Microsoft gave the Xbox One a GPU bump as well. The Xbox One's GPU clock speed is now 853MHz, up from the previous 800MHz. 

Furthermore, Microsoft announced today that it will making a limited number of additional Xbox One Day One consoles available for pre-order. You can reserve the Day One edition here as well as at certain retailers like Best Buy and Amazon. But again, quantities are limited. 

"We are humbled and gratified by the tremendous interest in Xbox One from game fans everywhere," said Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of Marketing, Strategy and Business, Xbox. "We have sold out of our pre-order supply in the U.S. faster than at any other time in our history and we are on path to have the biggest launch of an Xbox ever. We look forward to celebrating with millions and millions of gamers this holiday."

Source: Xbox Wire



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By inighthawki on 9/4/2013 11:12:43 AM , Rating: -1
It does matter. Even with faster CPU, faster gpu, increased memory bandwidth with esram, and one of the best developers in the world stating that they should be neck and neck, ps4 fanboys will still refuse to admit that the perf difference will be negligible at best. They will still also try to play up the $100 difference because they still don't understand that the Xbox one has a different feature set than the ps4.


By inighthawki on 9/4/2013 11:13:51 AM , Rating: 1
Sorry, that should read "it doesn't matter"


By retrospooty on 9/4/2013 11:24:11 AM , Rating: 5
"It doesnt matter. Even with faster CPU, faster gpu, increased memory bandwidth with esram, and one of the best developers in the world stating that they should be neck and neck, ps4 fanboys will still refuse to admit that the perf difference will be negligible at best."

You are sooooo backwards on this. Here is when we will know... When independent reviewers test it and game developers that ACTUALLY developed games on both chime in. Carmac made and off the cuff remark and also added that he did ZERO testing on either.

What we do know:
MS bumped the GPU to make up for the speed difference
MS bumped the CPU to make up for the speed difference
MS uses eSram to try and make up for the speed difference in GRAM

Lets just wait for real reviews and real developers that made real games on both.


By Mitch101 on 9/4/2013 11:56:08 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
Lets just wait for real reviews and real developers that made real games on both.


I completely agree. Let the games and any visual differences or frame rates speak for themselves.

I dont get how people dont understand that game developers write for the lowest common denominator then add visuals if possible with remaining power.


By retrospooty on 9/4/2013 12:18:32 PM , Rating: 3
"I dont get how people dont understand that game developers write for the lowest common denominator "

That is the problem... They do that, but usually dont add anything back for hte most powerful system, so the Xbox may be dragging down the IQ on the PS4.


By Mitch101 on 9/4/2013 3:14:11 PM , Rating: 2
I dont see any issue that makes it seem like Im looking at Minecraft vs Battlefield 4. Visually I believe they will both be identical or so close nobody will care.


By retrospooty on 9/4/2013 5:28:30 PM , Rating: 2
Of course not, but Minecraft doesnt even come close to utilizing the PS3/XB360's abilities, much less the next gen ones. I see one area... Massive high def textures. That is why video cards have uber fast GDDR5 and that is what the XBO lacks (also the weakest graphic quality point of both current consoles). So we may see lower res textures than we could have seen.


By Reclaimer77 on 9/4/2013 1:09:54 PM , Rating: 5
No overclock on the planet is going to erase the bad blood Microsoft created between it and gamers with their clearly anti-consumer plans for the Xbox One.

Sony should be commended. Do these idiots realize how truly fuked consumers would be if they followed a similar path as Microsoft?


By inighthawki on 9/4/2013 3:56:18 PM , Rating: 1
I'd bet my salary that Sony had the same idea and backed off before announcement due to the bad press from the Microsoft launch. It's no secret that Sony planned on pushing the DRM restriction on 3rd parties well before the Xbox reveal. With the current status of steam and other online storefronts/DRM it's not impossible to see how it would be a first choice idea.


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