New Xbox One Update Boosts Console GPU Power

The latest Xbox One software development kit will allow for more GPU bandwidth on the console, with Microsoft promising more performance and flexibility from the machine.

Microsoft is looking to close the performance gap between the Xbox One and Sony's more powerful PlayStation 4, and is now giving developers access to more GPU bandwidth with the console's latest software development kit.

"June #XboxOne software dev kit gives devs access to more GPU bandwidth. More performance, new tools and flexibility to make games better," said Xbox Xboss Phil Spencer on Twitter. Microsoft had previously made rumblings that it was looking to make this the case as soon as possible.

It is widely believed that Microsoft reserved a chunk of the Xbox One's hardware potential for the Kinect, which was one of the many reasons that PlayStation 4 routinely trumped the machine with whizzier 1080p resolutions and zippier framerates. It is (or now, technically, was) widely believed, thanks to a fascinating Digital Foundry report, that Microsoft reserved 10 percent of its total graphics resources for the Kinect and apps. By giving more hardware oomph to developers, will we finally see the Xbox One catch up?

Microsoft has now removed the Kinect from the default Xbox One bundle, and will start selling the console for $399 starting June 9. Microsoft will begin selling standalone Kinect units for Xbox One later this year. Xbox One owners can also begin downloading the June software update for the console from today, which brings with it real name support on Xbox Live and the option to use external storage.

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1462 comments
ima_flyguy
ima_flyguy

This was damage control because of ps4 50% extra power, tech heads and devs have confirmed that removing kinect might give 2% extra power on cpu but does nothing for gpu what so ever.

sortajan
sortajan

Console developers really love to ride on the hardware ignorance of most console gamers, don't they?

tendoboy1984
tendoboy1984

I don't understand how hardware power is sacrificed with Kinect. The PS4 camera does the same thing with no hardware compromises.

kane6911
kane6911

every game coming out this late fall on the x1 is 1080p. the gap is now closed on the graphics part. so that is done. 

Unbound72
Unbound72

No idea why in the world people still argue over which console is superior. You buy a console for exclusives not visuals and performance. If you want eye candy and performance and the option to customize then you buy a PC. So even if your console wins you still lost.

Wahab_MinSeo
Wahab_MinSeo

Next Gen consoles such of PS4 and Xbox1 should be upgrade there Specs for handle future gaming at 60fps

I know PC it will but some games is only on consoles such of SONY games and some from Microsoft like Halo and more.

JJMikhail
JJMikhail

Yeah its pathetic alright, got watch dogs and Murdered Soul Suspect for Xbox One. Plays beautifully and not one problem.

More obsession with graphics than the lack of games.

daviz88
daviz88

this is very pathetic 

your console is weaker than the PS4 DEAL WITH IT and make your games

doongoonn
doongoonn

Xbox 360 was good it had fable halo and gears of war use to play online all the time but it got expensive and I got bored with them.. ps3 had so much more exclusives last of us killzone resistance infamous metal gearsolid etc.. thats y im getting a ps4 this winter.

maximo
maximo

so people with the Xbox one AND kinect will see the benefits too?

Totemanew
Totemanew

The article specifically says GPU ram bandwidth not the physical ram sticks you put into the slots of a PC.  honestly DDR3 is still viable and I don't think the PS4's DDR5 will ever be utilized with the GPU and CPU being the bottleneck anyways.

Depresso
Depresso

Don't believe everything you are told. The xbox one was always designed to be software upgradeable, I am not sure removing Kinect will make it run even better. Games look great already, compared to last gen.

Frosty192
Frosty192

Sorry Microsoft your DDR3 RAM will still be your bottleneck. You could have 32 gigs of DDR3 and it still wouldn't make a damn difference in comparison to the PS4's 8gb of GDDR5. It just has a higher bandwidth. But good job to make the ignorant feel like their console is now worth the $399 price tag.

AK1015
AK1015

I'd almost anticipate that some Xbox One's may start over heating after this. If it was designed to run with a 10% choke then... I don't know. We'll see.

gamefreak215jd
gamefreak215jd

Gotta admit though these days the Xbox One is slowly starting to sound more like a console and less like a Setup Box.Remember how much people were thrashing the system in the early press conference?Still they do have a long way to go.

Tiger_Ali
Tiger_Ali

I said it last year ill say it again, just because you pour syrup on s-h@-t, don't make em' pancakes.

suppaphly42
suppaphly42

so has anyone else noticed entire conversation going missing from the comments not just a comment but a whole bunch of them

starwarsjunky
starwarsjunky

So what about the systems already on the market? will devs at some point make games that only work on the newer ones?

battlefront1943
battlefront1943

MS, after last year won't ever buy your box...  but glad to see that there are a bit fewer a@@hats at your company now.

blackace
blackace

@kane6911 It's not completely closed yet, but it will be once DX12 and the full version of the Cloud tech are enabled. Once developers start using NEW graphic engines that cater more to the XB1 technology. XB1 doesn't run old graphic engines very well which is what's causing some of this parity. With new graphic engines using Tile Resources, everyone will see what the XB1 is capable of.

Foppe
Foppe

@Unbound72 Fanboys are like monkeys throwing poop at each others.

Foppe
Foppe

@Wahab_MinSeo What I don't get is why people expect new consoles to have hardware that wont hit the PC market for another 3 years, being sold for less than $299 and have all launch titles use the full hardware.

Death_Masta187
Death_Masta187

@Totemanew 

on the XB1 (and PS4 for that matter) vram and physical ram are one in the same. that 8GB is shared between the CPU and GPU. 

smackdowner360
smackdowner360

@Frosty192 Yet nothing on the ps4 comes close to ryse and soon quantum break.The game looks down right amazing along with Halo 2.Not only that but games like madden 15 on the X1 blows the ps4 version away.I had both consoles i know but the ps4 was a dust collector so i sold it.Anyway the ps4 is like the ps3 it sounds good on paper but yet again games look better on the Xbox platform

sammoth
sammoth

@Frosty192  ^Someone who clearly doesn't know what he/she is talking about^

smackdowner360
smackdowner360

@AK1015 Are you 12 years old or just stupid?Thats not going to make them over heat.Damn some of you fanboys are an embarrassment to the gaming industry

Xmus942
Xmus942

@AK1015 

Why would it be designed to only use 90% of it's GPU. That's the dumbest thing I ever heard. What they're doing is taking the 10% that is normally reserved for the Kinect and using to for other functions, namely games.

pip3dream
pip3dream

@AK1015 that doesnt really make any sense... why would they start over heating?

nesky
nesky

@suppaphly42  Yeah. Apparently M$ has ensured that positive reactions outweigh the negative or more realistic ones.

KSSuperhero
KSSuperhero

@starwarsjunky its all programming the hardware isnt changing they are just unlocking what the had reserved so Devs can use it. 

battlefront1943
battlefront1943

@starwarsjunky I have a feeling all of the games will work on both old and new systems.  My understanding is that this expanded bandwidth only applies to development.  Once the game is on your system, it will play as developed...  but I could be wrong.

eternal_napalm
eternal_napalm

Let's emphasize that. We will NEVER buy your Bone. #dealwithit

chippiez
chippiez

@battlefront1943  If last year made you never want to buy an xbox, you're a pathetic fool.  They caved to every demand from crazy fücks like yourself who cried about everything.  They listen to the customer, even when they're an uneducated dolt.

mike4487
mike4487

@Xmus942 @AK1015 But the weird thing is if they do this and full power to games, then the ability to watch tv and other services with the "kinect" might not be possible with future games due to the way the games are being programmed?

Frosty192
Frosty192

@Xmus942 @Tiger_Ali Myself and a couple of others obviously do. I thought it was a funny analogy. Clean the sand and gravel out of your vagina and learn to take a joke.

suppaphly42
suppaphly42

@nesky @suppaphly42 i'm guessing you are joking because the conversation that went missing was not really sh*tting on the xbox one
not to mention there are still a whole bunch of comments that are still here that do sh*t on them

Viper-Eyes
Viper-Eyes

@battlefront1943 @starwarsjunky Nop , you are 100% right , it will affect new games not Xbox one models

matthew1090
matthew1090

Maybe he doesnt need one lol....jesus guy

rolla020980
rolla020980

@chippiez @battlefront1943 


I am getting sick of people like this too. What happened in the past is in the past. Sony patented similar tech for always online and no used games. People seem to think that it actually matters that they didn't announce this. Companies don't spend millions on R&D without the intention to use it. Both companies are massive corporations that don't give a rat's a$$ about you. All they care about is money. The people spoke and Microsoft listened.

battlefront1943
battlefront1943

@chippiez @battlefront1943 Pathetic fool?  Did I call you a name?  Say you're pathetic?  Hmmmm...  I don't remember doing any of that.  You're so much the better person.  People must love you on XBOX LIVE.  Glad I'm not there.

Ayato_Kamina_1
Ayato_Kamina_1

@chippiez @battlefront1943 Well their choices were to cave to the people who were outraged by the intrusive DRM policies... or ignore them, carry on as they were planning and probably lose the console war straight away to the PS4. 

Yeah they backtracked a helluva lot, but it was the better choice between that and sticking to what they had going. 

DullBozer
DullBozer

@rolla020980 @chippiez @battlefront1943

They didn't "listened", their hands were tied. This is the reason why it is good to have both Sony and MS in the market, without Sony around all of MS horrible ideas would have come through, the gamers outcry would have been in vain because they would own the market. Used game would be gone, on-line would be mandatory to play games ect... I was a 360 owner, never owned a PS system after the PS1, but i really hated MS policies, didn't want the Kinect and didn't want to pay an extra 100$ that and an inferior GPU. I now own 2 PS4's. Oh and no i don't play Halo or Fable, hated those, will miss Gears though, but more exclusives for me on the PS side.

battlefront1943
battlefront1943

@rolla020980 @chippiez @battlefront1943 You really need to get over it.  Some people hold companies accountable for what they bring to market.

Word to the wise...  If you can't stand to hear that (that some people don't like what MS brought to market), go play a game and stay off message boards.

I'll tell you this -- plenty of my service friends will never buy XBOX's again.  You can thank Mattrick for that.  Now, if you can't accept that, I'd say you best move along.  Expecting -- or demanding -- that everyone now love MS is fantasyland.