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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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RE: Options
By Reclaimer77 on 6/5/2014 3:50:49 PM , Rating: 2
Yup, I wasn't even planning on posting here until I read his OP and subsequent statements. But ya know, if he's gonna be a little bi*ch I think I've decided to threadcap this mother lol.

Who could argue with that logic or claim it isnt a fact (other than Mitch of course)

LOL yeah, it's not slower guys!! It just needs more "bare metal" optimizations and a eight billion percent boost from Direct X12!! It's coming!!!

I think if Microsoft released a Pentium 486 based Xbox, he would argue that it's just a few optimizations away, hahahaa.

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By Mitch101 on 6/5/2014 4:56:01 PM , Rating: 2
I wasn't even planning on posting here until I read his OP - See more at:

Liar - just look at every Microsoft thread here.

RE: Options
By Reclaimer77 on 6/6/2014 8:10:00 AM , Rating: 2
Thanks to Jason Mick about 95% of the articles on any given day are about Microsoft. Don't blame me!

RE: Options
By Mitch101 on 6/6/2014 8:28:30 AM , Rating: 2
You can always not post to them. Posting to them your supporting the reason you feel they do it. But its really evident your only here to pee in Microsoft corn flakes nothing more. I find there are equally as many Android and Apple articles maybe more so I think anytime Microsoft gets some press you go off the handle.

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By Reclaimer77 on 6/6/2014 8:37:56 AM , Rating: 2
But its really evident your only here to pee in Microsoft corn flakes nothing more.

I don't know anyone besides you who actually thinks that's my only reason for being here.

If this entire discussion proved anything, it's that your entire reality, your perception of everything here, revolves around a single corporate entity: Microsoft.


RE: Options
By Alexvrb on 6/5/2014 11:43:05 PM , Rating: 2
Yup, I wasn't even planning on posting here
I think Scooby Doo put it best when he said: "Rwear, rokay!"

That of course doesn't make Mitch less of a fanboy, but to be fair you did kind of fulfill his prophecy in a manner of speaking. He'd have looked more like a troll otherwise.

Also the 486 predated the Pentium line.

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