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Microsoft Confirms Xbox One GPU Boost

Clock speed increased from 800 MHz to 853.
by Andrew Goldfarb
AUGUST 2, 2013


Following recent rumors about changes to Xbox One hardware, Microsoft confirmed today that the clock speed of Xbox One has been increased. Speaking onMajor Nelson’s podcast, Xbox One chief product officer Marc Whitten explained that as the system approaches launch, Microsoft has made a few changes to finalize internal specs.

“This is the time when we’ve gone from the theory of how the hardware works - what we think the yield is going to look like, what is the thermal envelope, how do things come together - to actually having it in our hands,” Whitten explained. “That’s the time when you really start tweaking the knobs. Either your theory was dead on or you were too conservative or you were a little too aggressive. And an example of that is we’ve tweaked up the clock speed on our GPU, from 800 MHz to 853 MHz. Just an example of how you really start landing the program as you get closer to launch.”

Whitten also confirmed that Xbox One’s graphics driver has been changed, explaining, “This is the time where developers have the final dev kits in their hands and are really working closely with us on how things have come together. Since E3, an example is we’ve dropped in what we internally call our ‘mono driver.’ It’s our graphics driver that really is 100% optimized for the Xbox One hardware.”

“It’s a super exciting time,” Whitten said. “This is the time when you’ve gone from all of these specs and all of these arguments over the last several years to having the product, and really starting to try it internally. We’re running our internal beta and using it at home and starting to see the product really come together.”

Whitten also discussed Microsoft’s recent changes to indie publishing, reiterating that more details will be coming at Gamescom in Germany (likely during Microsoft’s Xbox One showcase on August 20th).

“The team is working really hard,” Whitten concluded. “The team is so passionate about shipping a great product so that people have a great experience come this fall. We’re just very, very focused on continuing to use the beta, take feedback, really refine the experience, work with our content partners. Every day it’s about ‘how do we make Xbox One better today?’”

Xbox One is currently scheduled tolaunch in Novemberfor $499 / £429 / €499 / AU$599. The console is stillavailable for pre-order, though Day One editions are currently sold out at most retailers.
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It's just a small boost but any boost is better than no boost.
 
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Very nice, 6% isn't going to do anything dramatic, but like you said, its better than nothing. :smile:

Edit: Albert Penello posted this on NeoGAF
Hey guysLots of interesting comments on the GPU upgrade. Let me put this out there. I know there is doubt about the “truth” of what we say, so some of you will believe me, and others won’t. But here goes…We set aggressive targets for reliability, performance, yields, and noise. Those things always have to be balanced. We want this box to have rock-solid reliability. We want it to be DEAD quiet (and let me tell you, X1 is quieter than the new Xbox 360 we just released). And we wanted killer game performance. But those targets are in conflict with each other.What we’ve found through the development process is we were able to actually exceed our goals on the thermals and acoustics. This gave us headroom to increase the clock speed without any hit to noise, reliability, or heat, so we took the opportunity to bump the GPU. I get it’s only 6% or so, but that could translate to a few FPS in the real world.I know there are many conspiracy theories out there about how and why we make decisions. I can tell you – this was something we were hoping to be able to do for a while. So we were prepared for this. Nobody should worry this puts us at any risk or people are scrambling at this decision.
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http://m.neogaf.com/showpost.php?p=74444395
 
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Would have prefer them to up the RAM
 
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Very nice, 6% isn't going to do anything dramatic, but like you said, its better than nothing. :smile:

Edit: Albert Penello posted this on NeoGAF
Nice, I was worried it would mean the console would get hotter and louder. Good to hear its still just as quiet and cool.
Would have prefer them to up the RAM
The GPU is far more important than the RAM.
 
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Nice, I was worried it would mean the console would get hotter and louder. Good to hear its still just as quiet and cool.

The GPU is far more important than the RAM.

Yeah but they upped it by such a small amount
 
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Yeah but they upped it by such a small amount
Only because they saw they had an opportunity to. They didn't do it for no reason.

What kind of upgrade did you want them to do to the RAM?
 
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Only because they saw they had an opportunity to. They didn't do it for no reason.

What kind of upgrade did you want them to do to the RAM?

Well I thought that the rumor was that they might be upping the RAM by like 1-2 gigs
 
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Well I thought that the rumor was that they might be upping the RAM by like 1-2 gigs
That would probably delay the console and make it run far hotter which would make the console more noisier, something they do not want.

Point is, this is better than nothing, so you shouldn't complain. :smile:
 
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That would probably delay the console and make it run far hotter which would make the console more noisier, something they do not want.

Point is, this is better than nothing, so you shouldn't complain. :smile:

Not complaining just saying I would have rathered them upping the ram
 
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What's really funny to me is the fact that ALL of the X1's launch games were made with the lower spec's developers were originally given to work with. So all the last minute "OH ****, WE BETTER DO SOMETHING" stuff M$ does won't show in games for at least a year after launch...
 
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What's really funny to me is the fact that ALL of the X1's launch games were made with the lower spec's developers were originally given to work with. So all the last minute "OH ****, WE BETTER DO SOMETHING" stuff M$ does won't show in games for at least a year after launch...

Its only 1 higher spec
 
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What's really funny to me is the fact that ALL of the X1's launch games were made with the lower spec's developers were originally given to work with. So all the last minute "OH ****, WE BETTER DO SOMETHING" stuff M$ does won't show in games for at least a year after launch...

Lol. 53mhz isn't a game changer at all. Boosts the taraflops from 1.23 to 1.3.
 
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What's really funny to me is the fact that ALL of the X1's launch games were made with the lower spec's developers were originally given to work with. So all the last minute "OH ****, WE BETTER DO SOMETHING" stuff M$ does won't show in games for at least a year after launch...


Like anything, it will take many years to see the full capabilities. I mean they've only recently just maxed out what they can do with xbox 360.

Every website I go on and see a topic based on this gpu increase, everyone seems to complain. At least it is an increase you dumb ****ers.
 
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Nice, I was worried it would mean the console would get hotter and louder. Good to hear its still just as quiet and cool.

The GPU is far more important than the RAM.

At 6 percent a RAM change would have proven more significant. But in general, I agree with you depending on the scenario.
 
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Nice, I was worried it would mean the console would get hotter and louder. Good to hear its still just as quiet and cool.

The GPU is far more important than the RAM.
Right though, oh my god lol.
 
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