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New Kinect-free edition unlocks memory bandwidth reserved for Microsoft's camera sensor

Given Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) supply struggles, sales struggles, and privacy concerns regarding the Xbox One's "Kinect" video and audio sensor, it's perhaps unsurprising that Microsoft decided to at last offer a cheaper ($399) SKU of its console without the sensor.  Now that decision has brought about an interesting twist -- Xbox One users who ditch the Kinect may be able to enjoy better graphics performance.
It turns out that Microsoft's always-on sensor reserves as much as 10 percent of its graphics hardware's memory bandwidth and processing resources for watching its user(s).  Comments a Microsoft spokesperson to Eurogamer:

Yes, 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.

According to Eurogamer and The Verge, Microsoft will for the first time be allowing game developers to use these freed up resources to enable special "Kinect-free" enhanced graphics settings.  While that's good news for Xbox One gamers, it also adds an interesting extra nuance to an already heated debate.

Xbox One Kinect

Microsoft's Xbox One has trailed its rival Sony Corp.'s (TYO:6758) console after committing a number of missteps, including initially planning to use DRM to ban used games and threatening to make users' consoles unplayable offline.  While it later recanted on each of these controversial terms, the console has continued to struggle through a number of controversies.  To add insult to injury, Sony recently announced that its rival offering, the PlayStation 4 (PS4) was already profitable.
Nonetheless it has moved millions of units and isn't too far behind Sony's PS4 in lifetime sales.  Microsoft has remained very committed to its console, releasing a major update in April.
The future of the Xbox One should be elucidated at next week's 2014 E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo), which is being held in Los Angeles, Calif.  Stephen Elop, the new executive vice president of Microsoft Devices (which makes the Xbox), is expected to present his vision for the future of the console along with new Xbox chief Phil Spencer at Microsoft's Monday, June 9 press event.

Sources: Eurogamer, via The Verge, Microsoft

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By Reclaimer77 on 6/5/2014 3:02:03 PM , Rating: 0
Aren't you the one who routinely claims he's "quitting" Daily Tech, only to pop up later with the same old routine?

So no, I'm not going somewhere else. You're the one who gets butthurt and says he's taking his ball and going home.

you your unwanted in the comments?

LMAO that's rich. The Daily Tech comments would be NOTHING without me. Last time I took a break and viewed the comments, this place resembled a ghost town. Most of you hacks could put a 6 year old on crystal meth into a deep sleep after two posts.

Awww some MS homers and a few flunkies with alt accounts vote me down? I find it funny that haters like you care about post ratings more than the intellectuals who actually post and share their opinions.

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By Mitch101 on 6/5/2014 4:57:41 PM , Rating: 2
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By Makaveli on 6/5/2014 6:23:55 PM , Rating: 2
I enjoy reading reclaimers post he sometimes post things with a clear and more level head some of you. But bro you need to do a better job of not getting caught in these troll nets.
Sometimes tho the way you escape them does give me good entertainment for the day =)

And yes this place would be different without him posting regardless of some of the hates saying other wise.

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By inighthawki on 6/5/2014 8:06:06 PM , Rating: 2
I enjoy reading reclaimers post he sometimes post things with a clear and more level head some of you

Sorry I had to wipe a tear from my eye. Too funny...

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By Alexvrb on 6/5/2014 11:36:49 PM , Rating: 2
Now to be fair when his hackles aren't raised in defense of his Precious (there's a story about a pot and a kettle in there somewhere), or when he isn't engaged in a huge tussle with someone... then I could probably agree with that statement.

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