In an interesting development, it has emerged from a senior Microsoft executive that the Xbox One GPU has been upgraded prior to release.
Xbox one gets GPU boost
As both the release of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One edge closer the game of chess between the two companies is set to continue as they seek to be in a good position for their respective launches.
Corporate vice president Marc Whitten has recently claimed that the speed of the Xbox One GPU has increased from 800 to 853 mhz which is 6% improvement in graphical processing performance.
It is actually quite common however to regularly update kits with new drivers, APIs and libraries right up to release date.
“Since E3, we’ve dropped in what we internally call our mono driver,” he said. “It’s our graphics driver that really is 100% optimised for the Xbox One hardware. You start with the base DirectX driver, and then you take out all parts that don’t look like Xbox One and you add in everything that really optimises that experience. Almost all of our content partners have really picked it up now, and I think it’s made a really nice improvement.”
Xbox One Matchmaking System details revealed
Marc Whitten also revealed more details about the new matchmaking system that is set to be implemented into Xbox Ones online interface.
The system is expected to make setting up a game filled with players of similar likeness to yourself more easier as it remembers preferred opponents, settings and gameplay modes.
“We’re now deeply integrating the live services,” said Whitten. “Look at an example like ‘smart match’ – it’s our ability to rethink how we do matching, to make sure you get into the matches that you want, and that game developers have the ability to really tailor those around your skill, and also other factors like the type of people you like to play with and the types of matches you like to play in.”
This follows on from the reputation system already revealed by Microsoft that will hope to encourage fair play.