Xbox One Release Date Announced, CPU Improved

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A few weeks back, Sony announced that the PlayStation 4 will be released November 15. By announcing first, many believed Sony dug itself a minor hole Microsoft would jump over by beating Sony to retail. For whatever reason, it’s an opportunity Microsoft decided not to take. The tech giant announced this morning that the Xbox One will launch on November 22 in 13 territories, including the US and Europe.

“November 22 is a special day in Xbox history – on this day, we first launched Xbox 360 in 2005,” Xbox Chief Marketing Officer Yusef Mehdi said in a statement. “Our next chapter begins in 79 days, when Xbox One becomes available. We built Xbox One to bring you the best games, unrivaled multiplayer and more entertainment than ever before. It’s nearly time to say ‘Xbox On’ and open a new world of games and entertainment.”

The 13 November 22 launch markets include: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, UK, and USA. Microsoft said that other markets will follow in 2014.

When the Xbox One does launch in just under three months, it will come packing a CPU with better performance than Microsoft previously announced. Speaking at the Citi Global Technology Conference in New York yesterday, Mehdi revealed that the Xbox One was just sent to the production line, with one final tweak to its hardware: the CPU has been boosted by roughly 10% from 1.6GHz to 1.75GHz.

What’s that mean for console buyers? Very little, really. The custom eight-core AMD CPU that’s in the Xbox One is actually capable of significantly higher clock speeds, Microsoft is simply playing it safe by keeping the heat and power consumption down.

It’s also worth noting Sony has not announced where its very similar, custom eight-core AMD CPU in the PlayStation 4 will clock in. But even if the Xbox One CPU now has a better clock speed (which I’m guessing it does), the system still isn’t as powerful as the PS4, which features a GPU with 18 compute units to the Xbox One’s 12.

The move is likely an attempt to one-up Sony and the PS4 in a line on the spec sheets. Something Microsoft surprisingly decided not to do with the Xbox One launch date.

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2 Comments on Xbox One Release Date Announced, CPU Improved


On September 4, 2013 at 6:23 pm

1.6GHz to 1.75GHz is hardly worth mentioning for a console, 10% might sound decent but it will pretty much be a drop in the bucket when dealing with an 8 core system which will rely far more on multi-threading which in turn will continue to improve on the software side. That before considering graphics hardware will be the limiting factor most to almost all of the time being a gaming console, which is where it’s lacking compared to its competitor.

It may slightly help with minimum FPS is some rare situations but it’s about as impressive as a car salesman boasting about the car having a spare wheel in the trunk, less so actually.

It’s a pity Microsoft didn’t spec and design the Xbox closer to the PS4 on the hardware side, since it’s definitely better though still nothing great, at least that would have raised the lowest common denominator while making ports between the two systems and PC quicker easier and cheaper.

Instead we don’t have that while Microsoft apparently has fun with their esRAM yield problems if I remember right, due to a hardware difference which developers will have to put time and effort into instead of just having to scale settings down compared to a PC version to port across the three systems.


On September 5, 2013 at 5:23 am

Great news. What’s the release date for the $399 “Kinect-less” bundle? ; )