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Microsoft Relaxing Xbox One Kinect Requirements, Giving GPU Power a Boost? 220

MojoKid writes "News from gaming insider Pete Doss is that Microsoft is mulling significant changes to the restrictions it places on developers regarding the Xbox One's GPU. Reportedly, some 10% of total GPU horsepower is reserved for the Kinect — 8% for video and 2% for voice processing. Microsoft is apparently planning changes that would free up that 8% video entirely, leaving just 2% of the system's GPU dedicated to voice input. If Microsoft makes this change, it could have a significant uplift on system frame rates — and it's not clear that developers would necessarily need to patch the architecture to take advantage of the difference."
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Microsoft Relaxing Xbox One Kinect Requirements, Giving GPU Power a Boost?

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 27, 2014 @06:03AM (#46078901)

    Is a 10% boost going to take 720p to 1080p? Or 1080p 30 fps to 60 fps? Not likely. Fact remains that even moderate PCs today outperform both the PS4 and Xbox One at a similar price point. Toying with 8-10% GPU consumption is insignificant in the big picture.

  • by Sandman1971 ( 516283 ) on Monday January 27, 2014 @08:51AM (#46079487) Homepage Journal

    We're talking first gen /release day games here. Take PS3/Xbox 360 release day games and compare them to late PS2/Xbox games. It was exactly the same thing. Heck, just compare first year 360/PS2 games and compare them to new releases for those platforms. They are worlds apart. It takes developers a while to ramp up and get to know the architecture that they are writing for.

      Also, waiting for the next gen console before upgrading is fine and dandy if you don't plan on playing any new console releases. Give it a couple of years and most major developers will no longer be releasing most of their titles for the previous consoles.

    Considering the record sales of the new consoles, I don't think your assumption that a lot of people are going to be skipping this generation is anywhere near the truth. You still can't find Xbox Ones and PS4s on store shelves or online stock, they're selling faster than either company can produce them. There might be a very small pocket of gamers who will, but so far all indications is that most will be upgrading at some point.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 27, 2014 @09:45AM (#46079855)

    Yes, that's the answer to everything. Don't like our government, just leave the USA. Screw friends and family, vote with your wallet! Teach us how to punish ourselves to make these big corps feel bad, Obi-Wan.

    Yes, thank you for drawing the obvious much-needed parallels between government corruption, family abandonment, corporate greed, and simply not wanting to buy a fucking video game console. I especially liked the part where NOT lunging to play the latestest and greatestest games as soon as possible was somehow interpreted as self-punishment rather than the lack of a socially crippling addiction it really is.

"No, no, I don't mind being called the smartest man in the world. I just wish it wasn't this one." -- Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias, WATCHMEN