Microsoft Confirm Xbox One Hardware Changes!
The war between the next generation of consoles has been raging on as Sony and Microsoft continue to try to out do the other, and finally release the perfect console. To try to put their next installment in to the lead, Microsoft have upgraded the hardware for the Xbox One.
Speaking on Major Nelson‘s podcast, Xbox One chief product officer Marc Whitten had this to say about the upcoming consoles changes to the final system 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 had this to say about the change in the console’s graphic driver, “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.”
The Xbox One is due for release sometime in November with a price tag of around £429/ $499, and can be pre-ordered now for some retailers.