Microsoft Corp. has confirmed that it has managed to increase the clock-speed of graphics processing unit inside the Xbox One video game console from 800MHz to 853MHz. While the increase of frequency does not necessarily mean dramatic increase in performance, the boost may indicate that the design that Advanced Micro Devices developed for Microsoft is good enough to get a performance increase without sacrificing the yields.
“This is the time when we have 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. That is 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.
An example of that is we have tweaked up the clock speed on our GPU, from 800MHz to 853MHz. Just an example of how you really start landing the program as you get closer to launch,” said Marc Whitten, corporate vice president of Xbox Live at Microsoft, while speaking on Major Nelson’s podcast, reports web-site.
The high-ranking executive of Microsoft also confirmed that the game developers have obtained final Xbox One hardware along with a special driver that is claimed to be 100% optimized for the application processor which powers the console. He also disclosed that select Microsoft employees already have Xbox One at home, an indicator that the product is essentially ready.
“This is the time when you have 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 are running our internal beta and using it at home and starting to see the product really come together,” said Mr. Whitten.
Microsoft Xbox One is based on AMD Fusion custom-designed system-on-chip with eight x86 low-power/low-cost Jaguar cores, AMD Radeon HD graphics with GCN architecture (with 32MB ESRAM/EDRAM buffer) as well as 8GB of DDR3 system memory. The console features 500GB hard disk drive, Blu-ray disc drive, 802.11n Wi-Fi connectivity, Gigabit Ethernet, output of video with up to 4K resolution (3840*2160) using HDMI 1.4 as well as 7.1-channel audio. The new Xbox One comes with completely redesigned Kinect sensor that will feature 1920*1080 RGB camera, improved infrared sensor and enhanced voice controls. The console sports a number of functions, e.g. TV-cable pass-through that will seamlessly integrate it into the living room.
The Xbox One launch bundle will be available for $499.99 in the U.S., £429 in the U.K. and €499 in European markets. This November the new Xbox One game console will hit such markets as Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States. The console will be released on other markets in 2014.