8 percent Xbox One GPU speed boost for FPS

By Posted 27 Jan 2014, 18:05

It is a known fact that the Xbox One lacks GPU speed, which means that it struggles to keep up with the PS4 for FPS, unless you have been living under a rock that is. Microsoft is looking to get an extra 8 percent from its GPU to try and close the gap on the frame rate war, one that the Xbox One seems to be losing at the moment.

The Xbox One currently manages around 60 frames per second, compared to 30 FPS for the Xbox One on certain titles, one of which is the latest Tomb Raider title, although it has managed to increase to around 40 FPS on less demanding parts of the game.

How Microsoft will achieve this increase – According to an article on HotHardware, Microsoft is to unlock the 10 percent of GPU speed for the Kinect and then decrease its limit to just 2 percent, meaning the other 8% will be made available to the graphical processor unit.

What’s more, this Xbox One speed improvement can be done via an update, although Microsoft has yet to announce when this will go live.

One has to wonder if the Kinect doesn’t really need that amount of GPU speed or if Microsoft has been forced to make the changes seeing as though the PS4 is thrashing it in FPS?

8 percent Xbox One GPU speed boost for FPS

  • TheinsanegamerN

    I couldnt care less if it was 30, 45, or 60 FPS. what matters is keeping it STEADY. a game that runs at 30FPS constantly looks good and smooth. a game that usually runs at 30fps, but can go as fast as 40fps at times and as slow as 20 at others looks like crap. when will software makers figure that out?

    • Nibblo

      I agree, that’s why the G-Sync tech from NVidia is so interesting as it will give total control over to the developers in regards to frame rates – no more screen tearing and stuttering.

  • onezerofive

    FPS & Resolution variances are bait for flame arguments. Despite the common fanboy claim, most people will not recognize either in a comparison. I read an in-depth explanation of FPS (with demos, examples, etc), and you literally could not tell the difference with the naked eye, viewing each side by side. The article did go on to state studies have shown a slight benefit of 60 FPS (frames per second) in the FPS (first person shooter) genre though. So basically, it would have no affect on a game like Tomb Raider. 60 FPS should still be the “mark” by all means, but the reality is that the gamer isn’t going to “visually” tell the difference in either case; the only important part is to stay on/above 30 FPS. You could switch the video for PS4 & X1 (where FPS differs) in a side by side comparison, and the consumer would have no idea which is which.. You would still have Sony & XBOX fanboys bragging either way.

    It’s also important to note that the XBOX ONE is fully capable of 60 FPS; it just seems to struggle to hit that mark at 1080p (thus far).

    Same applies to many, in the subject of resolution… There is a difference in 1080p & 720p, but the difference is very slight for most, and even fully unrecognizable to many based on their TV set-up. It all depends on your TV size & location… A 50″ TV at 1080p (the average living room TV screen size in America) is best viewed at 6.5′; the quality diminishes every inch thereafter, and becomes fully unrecognizable at 9.8′ (optimized distance for 720p). Most people are closer to 10′ (screen to eyes) in their living room, if not even farther away… So for many, this subject is a moot point, but that won’t stop fanboys from flaming on.

    Systems are all preference based… PS is better at making in-depth single player campaigns; XBOX is better at online multiplayer games. Both are fully capable of creating good single/multiplayer games, but they fair better in their own wheel house. PS4 has a major advantage in first player campaigns, with a long list of proven first party devs. XBOX has a major advantage online, as it’s backed by one of the largest “owned” server farms in the world (Windows Azure) & is offering dedicated servers to all online gaming. They both have their place among gamers, and true gamers will seek both systems as time permits, because a real gamer loves games, not companies.

    • Josh101

      Did you really just say you can’t see the difference between 30FPS and 60FPS? You are spreading FUD. That is absolutely false. For those of you that actually think that’s true, please go to youtube and look it up. There is a HUGE difference between the two. At any distance. IF you were speaking resolution, yes, the farther away the harder to discern between 1080P and 720P. But there is still a difference. Over a million on screen pixels difference.

    • Josh101

      “Despite the common fanboy claim, most people will not recognize either in a comparison. I read an in-depth explanation of FPS (with demos, examples, etc), and you literally could not tell the difference with the naked eye, viewing each side by side.”
      ^^
      Did you really just say you can’t see the difference between 30FPS and 60FPS? You are spreading FUD. That is absolutely false. This is the most untruthful statement I’ve ever read. This is literally, bull****. Viewing side by side would absolutely, without doubt, show the difference clear as day. I really can’t believe you said this. Soo, 30FPS would not be any different than 60FPS? Twice the amount of frames, would not show a difference? You sir, are full of ****.
      ^^
      For those of you that actually think that’s true, please go to youtube and look it up. There is a HUGE difference between the two. At any distance. IF you were speaking resolution, yes, the farther away the harder to discern between 1080P and 720P. But there is still a difference. Over a million on screen pixels difference. Just because you can sit farther away from the screen, doesn’t take away the fact that there is a 125% increase in pixels from 720P to 1080P. That is a fact. It’s not something you can argue otherwise. You are spreading misinformation. Period.

    • Josh101

      Since my comments are being moderated and you have answered my post I will say this. I’ve looked at side by side comparisons. I’ve played games at 30FPS and 60FPS and you can definately see and feel the difference. How are you going to show me a video comparison, when I have seen it first hand. I know from experience that twice the amount of frames a second is better. You are more than likely a Microsoft paid shill. I haven’t seen such blatant lies since the resolutiongate scandal a few months ago. Most people, buying a 1080P t.v. don’t know how to set it up? Next your going to tell me they can’t see the difference between a movie on DVD and a blu-ray.

      • onezerofive

        the fanboy is strong in you….. My post has nothing to do with MS, MS can fail miserably for all I care. I’m just pointing out facts. Guess what, 120 FPS is double that of 60 FPS… and it doesn’t mean jack… You’re eyes can’t detect it. You do realize this is continuous motion at 30 FPS; there’s no still drops or stuttering. 60 fps is by definition smoother, but that doesn’t mean your eyes are detecting it. Are you blind to the tech market, the industry is constantly beefing up numbers as a sales point; their making TV’s now with such high resolution, that the naked eye literally has no way of detecting it… But it looks good on paper, and it jacks up the price another thousand for the next generation of product.

        I know for a fact that you couldn’t distinguish between any of those examples I provided… The fact you are so badly over exaggerating, just goes to show your a fanboy (not a gamer).

        And no, the average person has no idea how far they should sit from their 1080p tv, for full optimization. I worked in an electronics department for 2 years, and the average person doesn’t know jack about anything tech. I used to deliver big screens for people all the time (back during the box days), and I never once saw anyone properly hook up a surround sound system (ever)…. and that’s all basic level tech stuff everyone should know. I guarantee you could ask 10 people (nearest you) how far they should be to get the most out of a 1080p TV (50″), and not 1 will get it right (6.8′). And honestly, how many people really have their couches that close to a 50″?? The reality is most people sit at least 10″ from their TV (screen to eye), and sorry bud… no, you can’t tell the difference between 1080p & 720p at that distance. They become the same at 9.8′… it’s a fact, jack… but of course, I know you don’t like those..

        • Josh101

          You are reaching, reaching very far. It is a fact that everyone sits about 10 feet from their screen? You are full of it. The average household living room, in the United States doesn’t even permit that viewing distance. It gets even smaller for bedroom settings. Not to mention the majority of the WORLD. There are TONS of videos on youtube that completely disprove your points that you believe as fact. How can you even say, as a fact that your eyes can’t discern between 30FPS and 60FPS? That is a straight lie. Apparently you aren’t even looking at comparison videos on youtube. They disprove exactly what you are saying.

        • onezerofive

          you should probably stop looking to youtube as your source on this subject… It’s a bit silly considering that there Media Player is capped at 30 frames per second. you do realize that means it is impossible to distinguish 30 from 60 frames from vids on YouTube… as in literally impossible. yet you claim you can easily see the difference from vids you’ve seen on YouTube… Ipso facto, you have been busted my dear fanboy. you flat out lied, and I flat out busted you… it shows your bias in opinion, and lack of knowledge… And thus nullifies to continue any part of this discussion…

          you can continue to rant on until you’re blue in the face, we all know you for what you are now… Have fun.

        • Josh101

          Oh have fun being proved wrong by the video posted right up there ^^ Hint, it’s not youtube…..

        • Josh101

          It even shows 20FPS. :)

        • Josh101

          Awhhh, because you were proved wrong by that video on pcgameshardware website, you have nothing to say?? How hilariously delicious. That’s the reason he’s staying quiet people. The post up there completely proves him wrong, in every way.

        • onezerofive

          Ahahaha… I wasn’t going to bother with you anymore but had to laugh my b@lls off at you so called “proof”… When they showed the video in regular motion, there was no difference (being of comparison)… They had to slow it down to half the speed to show anything… Ahaha… Thanks for proving me right one again… Have fun now, I’m off to play AC4

        • Josh101

          Reallllllly? There was absolute difference in motion. You are too blinded by your bull to actually see it. I saw the differences immediately. Now you are just trolling. You are straight up lying and have been proven wrong. That was a side by side comparison that showed the differences.

        • Josh101

          The lettering on the walls, the stripes on the sides, the fencing, ALL clearer on 60 FPS and don’t “blend” together like on 30FPS and 20FPS. You sir are straight up spreading misinformation. It is even more prevalent in action, especially when you playing it first hand.

        • Josh101

          This site and this video shows exactly what I’m saying and completely proves your point that “In a side by side comparison between 30FPS and 60FPS you can’t tell a difference” is completely false and you are spreading misinformation.
          http:// www. pcgameshardware. de /F1-2013-PC-
          257655/Videos/Wieviel-Fps-braucht-der-Spieler-1092647/
          Of course you will have to undo the spaces I put in this so it will post. :)