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Microsoft beefs up Xbox One GPU specs

Microsoft increases the clock speed of the Xbox One's GPU

By Anthony Garreffa | Aug 2, 2013 06:06 pm CDT

We're not far from the launch of the NSA's Microsoft's Xbox One console, with Major Nelson announcing today that the GPU in the Xbox One having its clock speed increased.


Major Nelson announced the news during his talk with Xbox's Marc Whitten, saying that the changes will allow the next-gen console from Microsoft push out better graphics. Nelson noted that Microsoft have been listening to fans who have been saying that the Xbox One is less powerful than the PlayStation 4, so they've done something about it.

The first of these improvements is something Microsoft call a "mono driver", which is just a graphics driver that is optimized for the Xbox One. Most developers are already using this, according to Microsoft: "You start with the base DX driver and you take out all parts that don't look like Xbox One and you add in everything that really, really optimises that experience. Almost all of our content partners have picked it up now."

The Xbox One's GPU has had its clock speed increased from 800MHz to 853MHz, which is a slight increase. This at least shows that the Redmond-based giant are listening to their fans, who are the ones that will be whipping out their wallets in a couple of months now.


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