Microsoft boosting Xbox One CPU, console now in full production

Microsoft to raise Xbox One CPU 150MHz to 1.75GHz; system represents company's largest ever launch.

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Microsoft has revealed a hardware revision to its Xbox One CPU; the system is now in full production ahead of its November launch.

Announced by Xbox chief marketing officer Yusuf Mehdi at the Citi Global Technology Conference currently being held in New York, and reported by GeekWire, Mehdi confirmed that the Xbox One's CPU has been boosted a further 150MHz, raising it from 1.6GHz to 1.75GHz.

Last month, Microsoft corporate vice president Marc Whitten announced that the company would be raising the system's GPU clock speed from 800MHz to 853MHz following earlier conservative estimates of the system's capabilities.

Though Medhi declined to narrow down the vague November shipping window for the Xbox One, the executive did say that the machine represents the company's largest projected launch to date. "This will be the biggest launch we've ever done by a wide margin in terms of units shipped at launch," he said.

Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hyrb recently defended claims that the Xbox One was rushed to match Sony's PlayStation 4. The Xbox One will launch this November for $499/€499/£429/A$599.

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nikolai4os
nikolai4os

I preffer playing on my pc but I might get the ps4 for the exclusive games :p probly if they dont make the cloudgaming to the pc :D

derekscorp
derekscorp

They rushed last-minute upgrades into the original 360 and look what happened #rrod

Bumblebee1138
Bumblebee1138

(*Says Xbox is boosting cpu and ready to roll*)

(*Puts a video called "Why the xbox is losing at the end of article*)

Troll much gamespot? :P

MajinSquall
MajinSquall

well if they are going to overclock the cpu i hope to god it has proper cooling otherwise it's going to over heat and it will have another RROD situation on their hands

imfamousholigan
imfamousholigan

frankly both companies seem to be making some risky choices in hardware (PS4 using GDR5). I think I am going to play it safe and wait.

badlalo59
badlalo59

Better have proper cooling then.

abcdefgabcdefgz
abcdefgabcdefgz

These consoles do seem kind of lackluster from the hype we got in the past. They do seem pretty weak given the current state of PCs

nicecall
nicecall

and i find it cheap that the next gen consoles run at such a low frequency, this is what low cost laptops run at. 

who knows though, if they have 8 cores and use them properly we will see things work.  even pc gamers haven't seen any game use more then a few cores... even exclusive pc games for some reason just use a couple.

nicecall
nicecall

Intel and AMD i think both have had a core turbo boost feature that activates automatically if you have it enabled in the bios, which usually gives a few hundred mhz more cpu power per core.  

I'm not sure why microsoft thinks this is so groundbreaking, this has been done automatically by cpus for years.


And 150mhz won't make much difference, i've overclocked my i7 over 1000 mhz and only seen 5-10% performance gains.  150mhz you would be looking at less then 1-2% gains.... and yes maybe making more heat then a console can exhaust properly... and using more electricity.

renerak
renerak

Well, i thought they were going with cloud, the streaming of games directly from the internet, then hardware will never limit them. I used to play Darksiders 2 on my android phone using some app, it gives you direct control via a controller and all you need is a fast net to play, but it does have some latency issues but they can easily be fixed with several servers. But if they gone with cloud streaming, of-course the console will sell less in current time, but it will be a leap in console technology and wont be limited to hardware.

SpinDie25
SpinDie25

Lol does anybody remmeber that unusual cartridge thing for the N64 that was was supposedly some sort of like game enhancer that plugged into a strange little compartment in top front the N64? I think it came with a game that it was needed to run, maybe it was perfect dark? haha

Microsoft will probably just end up making us put one of these in the xbox one to get it to run as well as the ps4 lol

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

I thought it said "fail production" at first glance.

SpinDie25
SpinDie25

man they are changing clock speeds and internal components so close to release? Didn't they have 8 years to figure this shit out? Microsoft is like a high school girl who late for a party thats having a mental breakdown because she can't decide what to wear. They have already changed every policy ten times over.. And this is the console that they claim they will "get it right the first time" as far as hardware component failure rates?

How can they determine if these new clock speeds/hardware adjustments will maintain stability for long periods of time? If the xbox one is due for release in November than how could they possibly test if these changes will stand up to the test of time? I guess that makes us the guinea pigs?

It's pretty horrifying that microsoft is making last minute adjustments to make their machine as fast as the ps4 by OVERCLOCKING IT.. Im sorry but you can count me out on this one.

DarthAsheron
DarthAsheron

The Xbox One is now matched with the PS4 in terms of power? Very good.

Now, if they're so even, all you have to do is take $100 off the price, remove the kinect from the equation, and make features like Netflix (which require their own separate subscription) free as opposed to locking them behind a pay wall.

You might be level with the PS4 in raw processing power Microsoft, but they still offer a much better, consumer friendlier deal than you do.

renerak
renerak

Well that will give them upto 5 frames more, max.

BestJinjo
BestJinjo

@imfamousholigan GDDR5 has been used for GPUs for years now. It's the industry standards. Actually using ESDRAM and DDR3 to make up for lack of memory bandwidth for the GPU is a cop-out for XB1.

twztid13
twztid13

@imfamousholigan 

How is ps4 using GDDR5 risky? It may increase the cost of production a tiny bit, but that will be passed on to the consumer.

abcdefgabcdefgz
abcdefgabcdefgz

@nicecall There are good reasons why. Anyone that says using 8 cores can be done at all or easily has no clue about programming

Danny_KickAzz
Danny_KickAzz

@SpinDie25 The "unusual cartridge thing" was called the: "The Expansion Pak" which added a whole 4mb of RAM on-top of the N64's pre-existing 4mb's. 

abcdefgabcdefgz
abcdefgabcdefgz

@SpinDie25 Well people are familiar with the red rings so this time you will know what it is when it happens

XbotSlayer221
XbotSlayer221

@SpinDie25 Oh but Microscam already stated "The xbone wasn't rushed" Surely you believe them... :)

blkgto
blkgto

@DarthAsheron people who know a lot more than you do have already acknowledged they are remarkably close in terms of power.  John Carmack anyone?

SpinDie25
SpinDie25

@DarthAsheron It's kind of scary to see microsoft scrambling to make their machine as fast as the playstation 4 by OVERCLOCKING. Wow.

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

@DarthAsheron So you are saying you want the Xbox One to be a completel copy/mirror of the PS4 by removing all of its unique features?

Ok........?

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

@renerak There is no way they will get 5 FPS from this increase.

BladeTrinity114
BladeTrinity114

@renerak Got to agree here. 5 frames doesn't sound like much but it could make a significant difference. 

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@renerak If the diff is 55 to 60 fps in a graphic heavy game then bring it :)

Echosides
Echosides

@doraemonllh1989 That's because the PC doesn't match the longevity or simplicity of a console market wise. Look how long games have been coming out on this gen, that investment has more then paid it's self off for people who got a console within the first couple years of launch.

Compared to the PC's constant state of flux with constantly improving resources almost requiring some type of upgrade every three years or so to always be at the top of performance.

Thus profit wise consoles will always win until the knowledge/cost needed to have a high end rig drops significantly.

Enundr
Enundr

@SpinDie25 @DarthAsheron doing it at a near last minute makes it feel like its not going to have thorough testing as theyre still trying to reverse policies left and right to dedicate solid testing to these changes 

DarthAsheron
DarthAsheron

@Landsharkk

You call putting things you already have to pay for behind a pay wall and being $100 more expensive for product that's either worse or the same in terms of power than the PS4 "Unique Features?"

How deluded can you be?

The majority of gamers want the Kinect to be -optional-. They don't want their motion sensor gimmick to be tied to the console in order for it to function. That piece alone is what's driving the price up the extra $100, and no one wants it.


I want the Xbox One to give me a reason to consider buying it. It's not anywhere near being competitive with the PS4. Even the much weaker WiiU is a better option than the Xbox One at this point.

renerak
renerak

@DeViLzzz @renerak They will, thats the least they should get, its like the difference between 1.4ghz and 1.6ghz, it might not look much but there is a noticable performance boost.

Crowgasm888
Crowgasm888

@Echosides @doraemonllh1989 Those upgrades might be required to be 'always at the top of performance' but that means they're 'at the top of performance'. The upgrade need is also limited, frankly, to something around the cost of a console for a new video card or CPU, if the system is well built.

These 'new' consoles are around the tech level of an upper-range PC from 2006. It's not to say they won't be fun to play with and have perfectly enjoyable games, but to suggest they're somehow technologically advanced or pushing any kind of envelope (as many here suggest) is silly.

Of course, PCs do much more beyond gaming, which also takes into account/use that upgraded power.

Crowgasm888
Crowgasm888

@Landsharkk I bought a kinect and konnected it to a small wireless transponder and fitted it to my dog's collar. Now I can watch what he's running around after outside while I sit in my chair with a cappuccino. I can get another dog if I buy the Xbox1one!

SpinDie25
SpinDie25

@DarthAsheron @SpinDie25 DUDE the only reason i made up that story is because today we had to have an emergency flood truck come with pumps and vacuums to fix a broken pipe on the water heater.. oh god it IS a sign!

Spartan-1657
Spartan-1657

@Landsharkk I heard the TV feature on the xbox one is absolutely necessary for the system to sell any units. I wish the PS4 could play tv. What a feature to not have!

DarthAsheron
DarthAsheron

@SpinDie25

Unrelated, but funny you say that. Our water heater ruptured two weeks ago and flooded our utility room.

COULD IT BE A SIGN OF THE TIMES?

SpinDie25
SpinDie25

@Landsharkk Landshark, how could you honestly support the xbox one? It was just the other day they were standing strong next to their decision to cut out used games completely and require an always on ethernet connection to function. Since then they have changed just about EVERY policy like a dog with its tail between its legs.

 Now they are making last second desperate decisions to make the xbox run just as fast as the ps4. They are completely ignoring the xbox one's recommended factory cpu and clock/voltage settings JUST to keep up with sonys stock (un-tampered with) hardware.

 I am not saying your xbox one experience isn't going to be as awesome as you expect it to be.. all im saying is don't come crying to us when your xbox one burns a hole through your floor than melts a hole through your basement water heater causing flash floods

Enundr
Enundr

@DarthAsheron @Landsharkk  Darth hes not going to listen , he doesnt grasp that besides kinect (though there is the PSEye XD ) they consoles are already "the same" M$ is just charging you out the ass more to use most of the services on it rather then the PS4 and sony not doing said things. whether they remove their pay wall there or not the consoles are ALREADY the same in  performance , the only things to make them diff are looks / ui , and exclusives . removing the pay wall will not affect that in anyway , Kinect being removed wouldnt either , as the PS Eye is still there too but as an optional.

DarthAsheron
DarthAsheron

@Landsharkk

My proof is already presented, all you have to do is start shoveling the comments for yourself. Read them here, and in countless other places suches as facebook, twitter, etc.

What features does the X1 offer that the PS4 does not? Apart from the Kinect?

(Games and exclusives are not a valid argument for -either- side. People have different tastes and as it stands, both consoles currently have very weak launch line-ups in my opinion.)

Secondly, do not play off of my words. I said that most of them want it to be -optional-. Which they do. Who wants to pay $100 for a peripheral they aren't going to use?

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

@DarthAsheron 


First you say the majority don't want Kinect.  Then you say that nobody wants it.


I'd like you to prove either of those statements.  Go ahead, I'll wait.......


And again I'll ask, why do you want the Xbox One to be the same as the PS4?  Why don't you just go buy a PS4 instead?  I'll stick with the Xbox One and the Kinect and all the features it offers (you know, those features that the PS4 does not offer).