July 13, 2013 - 17:49 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - All DRM stuff aside there seems to be more drama inbound for the XBOX One. The Xbox One’s hardware isn't all too impressive when compared to its main competitor, the PS4 — and it would cost $100 more than Sony’s more powerful console. It now is suggested that Microsoft will change the XBOX One specs in order to not only better compete with Sony, but to better justify a $500 price tag, guru3d.com reports.
Some interesting news from this past weekend may bring to light some changes in design direction for the Xbox One though, as new rumors not only counter the previous "down clock" rumors, but also show that Microsoft is listening to developers input while they finalize the hardware specifications, guru3d.com says.
The rumors afloat suggest that: the Xbox One GPU is getting an increase in clock speed; The Xbox One DDR3 RAM will increase from 8GB to 12GB; The Xbox One development team is asking for developer feedback on changes they would want to see hardware wise.
Guru3d.com says that the source it contacted has confirmed that the increase in GPU clock speed is 100% true, with the increase happening in direct response to the PlayStation 4. The increase has been a reality since before the reveal, as they have "been reacting to Sony ever since the first leaks of both systems." The news of this bump in clock speed was announced to first parties only, as they "actively spread disinformation to 3rd parties just before reveal to prevent leaks."
When asked about the increase in RAM (from 8GB to 12GB), the source reportedly said: "I have heard nothing like that, the development kits have 12GB of RAM, but as far as I know the retail kits are locked in at 8GB."
The source also went on to state that "it wouldn't be much use given the actual speed (of said RAM)."
As for current projects, they also are "too far gone for a bump to be beneficial" as many developers have been developing for the currently announced set of Xbox One specifications. He did mention that the possibility may still be there though, as the increase in RAM would help development of games 2014 and beyond when taking second screen gaming into consideration - something many developers have been focusing on.