Friday, 21 March 2014

Official: No secret sauce power in Xbox One.

The internet can be a crazy place, especially in video games and especially if you happen to be a 'fanboy' of a particular platform.
When both the PlayStation 4 and the XboxOne launched last November, talk on the internet quickly turn to which console had the most power. As it transpired it was the ps4 that edged the contest slightly but, in truth, both machines were pretty close and many would argue that what the xb1 lacked in power it more than made up for with its lineup of great software.
But that was never going to be enough for some. Enter the fanboy.

Unable to except, relax and simply enjoy their Xbox one consoles, some instead took to making up things that just couldn't exist. Pretty quickly, the Xbox one became this kind of Trojan horse thing, with huge stores of secret power hidden away to be revealed by Microsoft in the years to come. For example, many believed the console had an entirely separate GPU hidden under the existing one. Its crazy stuff really, when you think about it, why would Microsoft want to hide that they have the most powerful console. Madness.

Well I can safely inform you all that all this secret power nonsense is just that, nonsense, after Microsoft broke their silence on the matter last night. The following is a quote from Albert Penello, head of product development for Xbox.

"I thought I already said something about that. There is no 2nd GPU, there is no stacked GPU."

There you have it. Straight from the horses mouth so to speak. There is no hidden performance boosting hardware in the Xbox one.

Now software is a different story. Direct x 12 was announced yesterday and Microsoft claim this new api will boost performance by 20-50%.
This, however, is some way off, with dx12 enabled console games not expected before fall 2015.