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Microsoft Has Increased Xbox One's GPU Frequency

By - Source: Gizmodo | B 73 comments

Microsoft has cranked up the GPU juice in Xbox One.

In a podcast with Microsoft's Major Nelson, chief product officer for Xbox Marc Whitten said that the Xbox One's GPU has been officially bumped up from 800 MHz to 853 MHz. He said that beta testing has helped determine that the console could handle the higher GPU frequency. There's speculation that the company merely loosened the governor to allow the extra dose of speed.

Previously the Xbox One was believed to be in the same league as the PlayStation 4 thanks to their theoretical GPU max frequencies. But Whitten said that once you get out of theoretical territory and actually begin to use the machine, tweaks can be made to get the console to where Microsoft wants it at launch. These tweaks also include improving the optimized graphics driver.

"You start with the base DX driver and you take out all parts that don’t look like Xbox One and you add in everything that really, really optimizes that experience," he said. "Almost all of our content partners have picked it up now."

Will the increased GPU core clock be enough to help differentiate the Xbox One from the PlayStation 4's specs? What it may come down to is an exclusives war. The type of first-party content may ultimately be the deciding factor over whether the customer purchases one product over another similar product, not the hardware -- even more so than the current-generation crop.

id Software technical director John Carmack said during his QuakeCon 2013 keynote that both console solutions are essentially the same. "It's almost amazing how close they are in capabilities, how common they are," Carmack said. "The capabilities they give are essentially the same."

He also said that the new generation will be "a good thing for gamers, developers, and an excellent thing for AMD." However later on he compared Kinect with Apple's old one-button mouse because the former motion-sensing gadget still has some fundamental limitations with latency and frame rate.

"I used to give Apple a lot of grief about the one button mouse," Carmack said. "Anybody working with a mouse really wants more buttons — [they're] helpful there. Kinect is sort of like a zero button mouse with a lot of latency on it."

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    chimera201 , August 5, 2013 6:06 AM
    I like the Kinect part of this news article.
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    andruszko , August 5, 2013 6:59 AM
    After all the overheating problems with the Xbox 360 (not to mention that original xbox's had cooling issues for a bit too) the last thing Microsoft should be telling anyone is that they essentially overclocked the GPU.
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    mauller07 , August 5, 2013 6:17 AM
    best thing i like about this new generation of consoles is pc's finally getting full 64bit games and better support for amd processors.
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  • 14 Hide
    chimera201 , August 5, 2013 6:06 AM
    I like the Kinect part of this news article.
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    mauller07 , August 5, 2013 6:17 AM
    best thing i like about this new generation of consoles is pc's finally getting full 64bit games and better support for amd processors.
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    Sakkura , August 5, 2013 6:23 AM
    That Kinect comment was my favorite part of the keynote.
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    emad_ramlawi , August 5, 2013 6:29 AM
    Wow back when it was 800Mhz i was reluctant, but now that its 853 MHz, i am confident, now i will purchase an HD 7950, cause consoles suck and stuck...
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    Spooderman , August 5, 2013 6:31 AM
    I have the same rumored GPU as the Xbox One (HD 7790) and it's overclocked to 1075 MHz. I'd like to see if they can get it that high.
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    KelvinTy , August 5, 2013 6:34 AM
    Does it have a life expectancy of a xbox 360? Or could it spit fire? Whine like a turbine?
    Questions kept building up day after day.
    Stick to PC gaming, this is where it should be.
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    -Jackson , August 5, 2013 6:36 AM
    53Mhz.
    Yeah it's a console I know, but really? -.-
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    nolarrow , August 5, 2013 6:38 AM
    Why increase the GPU juice when you have THE CLOUD!!!!
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    AndrewMD , August 5, 2013 6:41 AM
    The PC Gaming comments on for this discussion is completely off base. Honestly, if you are addicted to playing games only on your PC of course a console system is not going to be impressive for you. In the end you are just wasting other people's time who do want to see the next generation gaming console.
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    nebun , August 5, 2013 6:57 AM
    only 853??? what a joke
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    andruszko , August 5, 2013 6:59 AM
    After all the overheating problems with the Xbox 360 (not to mention that original xbox's had cooling issues for a bit too) the last thing Microsoft should be telling anyone is that they essentially overclocked the GPU.
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    IndignantSkeptic , August 5, 2013 7:06 AM
    Apple's logic that having one button on their mouse makes it simpler and therefore simpler to use, was as intelligent as saying that if we had one arm and one finger and no legs, our life would be much simpler. This is why Apple needs to fail so we can prevent a crime against humanity.
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    CrispySilicon , August 5, 2013 7:06 AM
    Personally, I'm really loving how all the sites keep requoting Carmack.

    "same capabilities" does NOT equal "same performance".

    They can handle the same instructions. Whoopdy doo.

    But boy, this 5% clock boost should really close the gap!

    *insert further sarcasm here*
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    kinggraves , August 5, 2013 7:18 AM
    My favorite part of the podcast was where Xbone continued to flail helplessly trying just to keep up with ps4. This system was so poorly conceived, you cannot be changing things a few months before release. Not a PS fan either, but it is what it is.
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    The Grave Digger , August 5, 2013 7:21 AM
    I hope They Don't Label it as "XBOX ONE OC" and add a price for it
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    stevejnb , August 5, 2013 7:41 AM
    NES vs Sega Master System? Genesis had more power, NES far outsold it. SNES VS Sega Genesis? Genesis had more power, SNES outsold it. N64 vs Playstation? N64 had more power, Playstation far outsold it. PS2 VS Gamecube VS XBOX, not only did the PS2 outsell its more powerful competitors, it also is widely heralded as the best console ever. PS3 VS XBOX 360 VS Wii, the weakest of the three far outsold its stronger competitors and the most powerful PS3 only managed to tie its competitor, which didn't have a name with a pedigree like Playstation.

    Take it for what it's worth, but all of you people who are sitting there having orgasms over incremental performance differences between the XBOX and PS4 hardware really are out of touch with how little hardware power has factored into deciding each generation.
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    stevejnb , August 5, 2013 7:55 AM
    NES vs Sega Master System? Genesis had more power, NES far outsold it. SNES VS Sega Genesis? Genesis had more power, SNES outsold it. N64 vs Playstation? N64 had more power, Playstation far outsold it. PS2 VS Gamecube VS XBOX, not only did the PS2 outsell its more powerful competitors, it also is widely heralded as the best console ever. PS3 VS XBOX 360 VS Wii, the weakest of the three far outsold its stronger competitors and the most powerful PS3 only managed to tie its competitor, which didn't have a name with a pedigree like Playstation.

    Take it for what it's worth, but all of you people who are sitting there having orgasms over incremental performance differences between the XBOX and PS4 hardware really are out of touch with how little hardware power has factored into deciding each generation.
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    hardcore_player , August 5, 2013 7:58 AM
    i still have my original Xbox and it is still working perfectly i never had any issues with it .
    I bought 4 360s my last one died a week ago , i hope the X-one will not have any heat problems.
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    HyperionLight , August 5, 2013 8:05 AM
    It’s funny how someone so renowned for his vision can’t see that the only thing to really differentiate the consoles is the kinect and the even more funny thing is that he’s supporting the oculus rift, but not something that could be used instead of the inadequate Razer Hydra for (way better) skeletal tracking.

    Yes the latency is an issue, but the latency in the new kinect is way lower than what it was in the original.

    A quote from here

    http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2013/05/xbox-one/

    “It’s essentially like turning each pixel of the custom-designed CMOS sensor into a radar gun, which allows for unprecedented responsiveness. The original sensor mapped people in a room using “structured light”: It would send out infrared light, then measure deformities in the room’s surfaces to generate a 3-D depth map. However, that depth map was lo-res to the degree that clothing and couch cushions were often indistinguishable. The new model sends out a modulated beam of infrared light, then measures the time it takes for each photon to return. It’s called time-of-flight technology, and it’s essentially like turning each pixel of the custom-designed CMOS sensor into a radar gun, which allows for unprecedented responsiveness—even in a completely dark room.”

    And if we want to talk about grief how about we go and RAGE about something else instead.
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