Microsoft emerges as a CPU force with Xbox One and Kinect

Microsoft is not the first name that comes to mind when you think of revolutionary chip design, but that perception is likely to change once the Xbox One and Kinect hit the market. The chip design in the game console and motion detection sensor are unlike anything on the market, at least at that price point.

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AngelicIceDiamond1681d ago

"Among the 50 MCUs are 15 special processors that can handle things like graphics and physics processing. The result is a chip and system that are freakishly powerful and would make any PC gamer drool. The DRAM can access the CPU cache at a rate of 30GB/sec. and non-CPU cache at 68GB/sec. The embedded RAM can transfer data at a rate of 204GBs/sec to different parts of the chip."

That's pretty damn good. The X1 is no slouch in graphics processing.

4Sh0w1681d ago

Very interesting. I think people are really underestimating microsoft. When these things land in the wild its going to be crazy.

NewMonday1681d ago (Edited 1681d ago )

it's an AMD chip not MS

the article is ambiguous, can't make any sense out of it


the writer is mixing the Kinect chip with the AMD APU, proves he dosn't know what he is talking about.

christocolus1681d ago

been saying this for a long time....the xbox one games actually show that the console can handle graphics very well...

ma1asiah1681d ago (Edited 1681d ago )

@ newmonday come again -

"Microsoft's upcoming Xbox One gaming console will contain a custom chip the company designed in conjunction with Advanced Micro Devices with the aim of delivering maximum graphics performance"

Speaking at the Hot Chips engineering conference at Stanford University, Microsoft chip architect John Sell said the Xbox One’s main processor is a gargantuan beast, codesigned with Advanced Micro Devices and manufactured by contract chip manufacturer Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.

sorry I could list many more sources that say the same thing.....Its a co designed chip between MS and AMD not a tweaked AMD chip

black0o1681d ago

@ma1asiah same thing cloud be said about the ps4 as well, by the end of the day the core chip is based ON AMD tech.

ma1asiah1681d ago

@ Black0o

The difference is as is stated here

"The CPU and GPU are on a "very large single custom chip" created by AMD for Sony"

SONY did not design or co design the custom chip this was all AMD so no, spin it however you will the same can not be said of the PS4.

No_Limit1681d ago (Edited 1681d ago )

Good to hear. Nov 22 can't come fast enough! Forza 5 and Ryse already looking amazing so even if it is a tad bit less power than the PS4, it really doesn't make a difference at this point. It has the games I wanted to play and that is what that is matter at this point.

thechosenone1681d ago

Killer Instinct 720p/60fps(they can't even hit 1080/60 in a fighting game)

BF4 720p/60fps

Forza 5 less cars than Forza 4, no real time weather or day/night or global sad

Dead Rising 3 "We're targeting 30 frames a second," lol

ma1asiah1681d ago

AMEN @ No_Limit A FRIGGEN MEN couldn't have said it better myself.

black0o1681d ago (Edited 1681d ago )


''AMD's Vice President of Global Communications and Industry Marketing John Taylor recently "elaborated" on the APU that is packed in Sony's semi-announced PlayStation 4 console. He said the new gaming console is the first announced design win based on a semi-custom AMD APU which was >> jointly << developed in >>>coordination <<< with Sony''

so who's spinning things here ME or U ??

ma1asiah1681d ago (Edited 1681d ago )

@ Black0o


"jointly << developed in >>>coordination <<< with Sony''

WTF so SONY supervised, oversaw the development of the chip AMD MADE however you want to put it.

This is still not the same thing dude as co designed or working in conjunction with AMD they didn't physically assist with its creation they said yay or nay to different design schematics AMD would put forward and would put forward a few suggestions that is really the nuts and bolts of what " jointly developed in coordination with SONY" means.

I am not spinning nothing as I am not the one who is so quick to dismiss something just because I do not like the company or the platform it happens to be on.

Check my history 70% of the time I try to paint a balance of opinion between both consoles yet at the same time yes I have a preference and yes that is the X1 BUT still I don't right the PS4 off just because it happens to be SONY either. I think it is a very awesome console just not my first choice.

nukeitall1681d ago (Edited 1681d ago )

MS customized and re-engineered the Xbox One chip to become a monster. MS built into the chip the ability to instantly overlay video and apps for instant switching and side-by side viewing.

Even high end PC require separate hardware to do something similar, let alone a $500 console.

MS has a chip for just about anything from encoding/decoding video, audio and so on.

Xbox One is a beast, and that is why games like Ryse is the best looking game on any console!


DriveClub still 1080p at 30fps, aiming and prayig it might hit 60fps.

Forza 5 always been 1080p at 60fps!

Same genre, same type of game, and both launch titles except PS4 has supposed easier development and 50% more raw power. What does that tell you?

Somebody is lying and the proof is right there!

Redgehammer1681d ago

@Newmonday 2

This seems like a transition to me.

"Then came the Kinect group, and that was even more impressive."

Computersaysno1681d ago (Edited 1681d ago )

My phone can easily overlay video rofl at the guy who said PC can't do it with more hardware. It's not that difficult a thing to do. A cheap android box can do all that. Windows 95 pretty much had it down kid with everything since becoming more and more capable.

What do you think 'windows' means? Huge facepalm.

Microsoft's chip looks decently engineered for media like but not that impressive for games by 2013 PC standards. PS4 has the hardware advantage no question and it'll still have a vast amount of media capability to satisfy most people.

The beauty of having a much more powerful GPU optimised for modern compute standards with better queuing ability than Xbone means Sony can load up the GPU with extra general compute tasks.

ziggurcat1681d ago

@ nukeitall:

"Same genre, same type of game, and both launch titles except PS4 has supposed easier development and 50% more raw power. What does that tell you? "

as it's been pointed out time, and time again: everything's baked, there are less cars, smaller environments, etc... in forza. driveclub has dynamic lighting, more cars, and much larger environments. what does that tell you? because it tells everyone else that driveclub is doing much more to push the hardware than forza. you're going to look awfully foolish when driveclub achieves 60fps, *and* does all of the things froza doesn't.

ryse struggles to maintain 30fps, and DR3 is struggling to even hit 30fps. what does that tell you? killer instinct, a fighting game that is not exactly resource heavy, isn't even 1080p. what does that tell you?

and yes, there certainly has been a lot of lying... but none of it has even come from sony or the devs making their games.

Caffo011681d ago


Ryse best looking WHAT?!?

Put some glasses on, you need it LOL

FamilyGuy1680d ago (Edited 1680d ago )

Seriously guys, which picture looks better here?

The X1 definitely is no slouch, it's a powerful gaming consoles with many amazing features as well as a host of titles that fans are eager to play. There's no argument there. Where there is an argument is where people look at MSs games, then look at Sonys games and still consider MS to be on top. Seeing games from both and claiming you can't see a power difference. Or even worse that MS games look or play better.

I'm not blind and if you're reading this and playing video games then I'm fairly certain that you aren't blind either. In every comparison video of any game chosen we see far more "special effects", next-gen visuals, going on in the PS4 games.

I completely understand having a favorite game or a favorite console or even a favorite company but don't let that blind you.

We all agree Titanfall looks incredibly fun
We all agree The Division looks amazing
We all laughed at Call of Duty having a dog and "fish that move out of your way"

Why is it that we disagree on this???

Computersaysno1680d ago (Edited 1680d ago )

Sony spent their transistor budget on graphics hardware and then it seems added secondary off die ARM processors to deal with audio/video/OS concerns in the background.

Microsoft wasted a huge bunch of their transistor budget with on die memory and audio Co processors. A massive amount of that die is just eSRAM which Sony don't need and used for more GPU space. It's clever in the sense that it's all integrated onto one die but also stupid in that they are going to give away a lot of graphics performance to PS4. THEY JUST WILL!

Xbox one's single die is admirable engineering but at the end of it they will be killed on games performance. They will be. This discussion shouldn't even still be going on. For sure they will be. I'll guarantee it now.

Sony built the better games focused hardware and then added extra off die processing after and it's just better for the future. They can integrate all that on one die 18 months down the line anyway with the next die shrink to 20nm. That'll be ready this time next year actually.

By deciding to stuff everything on one chip Microsoft Have made sure the console is cheap to make and simpler but it'll never be as powerful as spreading other processes onto separate chips like ps4 does and using the main die budget for the most important games hardware.

DoubleM701680d ago

Yup! All this talk about being under powered is going right out the door when they hit the streets.

DoesUs1680d ago


FACT. MS Made a dependable machine based around a DD3 setup...chucked a load of custom silicon to aleviate the bandwidth issues. You spout about these "15 processors magic" Do you actually know what these are? If you did, you wouldn't be touting them as some secret sauce. And please for the love of god, STOP posting about the bandwidth figures, they are borked and you know they are. Only 32meg of data can be utilised in the EDRam, Sony has....well they have it all (minus overheads) running at its maximum. But please, carry on...Its hilarious seeing you squirm, like you have since E3.

Sony got lucky as larger GDDR5 modules became available, but also chucked a load of custom silicon inside to further enhance. All this before the vastly superior GPU is plonked in 8)

MS created the XB1 as best they could in the time available using the resources set aside.

Sony did exactly the same..only struck gold once the large modules became available.


See you in November.

P0werVR1680d ago (Edited 1680d ago )

The thing to me that stands out are the "15 special purpose processors" and eSRAM.

But oh boy, those special purpose processors seems very exotic. If they can offload CPU/GPU processes then the whole architectural design is a BEAST indeed.

I mean to the person that is so use to putting basic components together and relying on raw specs, compared to reading and looking at the pics it's just a beautiful symphony...IMO at least.

If the design can truly have strong sustainable numbers, then Xbox One is truly powerful along with it's feature...truly next gen.




32megs of eDRAM?!

Just stop it. You downplaying the 15 MCUs alone goes to show how much you don't know about them. And how you make the common assumption by most of you dimwitts claiming that just because the eSRAM has only 32mbs it ONLY HOLDS 32mbs at a time.

The eSRAM is more like a scratchpad memory where it "spits out" chunks (32mb) of data for rapid use, so GB/s (204GB/s peak) of data for use by the GPU. Then comes in the 15 MCUs where it then compress and scale textures and helps in offloading. Therefore leaving the GPU for graphics ONLY.

dantesparda1680d ago (Edited 1680d ago )

"Microsoft emerges as a CPU force with Xbox One and Kinect" No its not! Im sorry but you fanboys are pathetic, there is nothing imoressive about these system's low power tablet cpu's. And to hear some of you's talk like it so impressive, is just sad. Fanboys are pathetic!

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Insomnia_841681d ago (Edited 1681d ago )

The thing is, they have nothing to back up what they say as always. They keep throwing numbers and big words like "SPECIAL PROCESSORS, FREAKISHLY POWERFUL, POWER OF THE CLOUD, INCREDIBLE POWER OF KINECT, POWER OF SKYPE (>__> not joking, they actually said that)" but have nothing to show, NOTHING! Go take a look at the comparison of Ryse and Deep Down and you will see, DD takes the crown and it's coming out next year and already looking better than Ryse that's coming out in two months.

The devs have spoken, one of them even said that us gamers will be blown away by the graphical difference between the two consoles in a year or two and....why would Microsoft be looking at ways to upgrade what they have already at the last minute? They recently made insignificant upgrades to the GPU speed, 6% to be more exact, and upgraded the graphics drivers that the developers have so that they can fine tune better their games. They know they have a disadvantage but they can't let the competiton get away with it so easily, so they will say whatever they can and try their best with the hardware they already have but it can only go so far, if they upgraded only 6% then that's the best thay can do.

Facts are facts, they will talk and talk, but nothing will change unless they change their hardware and it's too late for that.

The Playstation 4 is 30% to 50% more powerful.


maniacmayhem1681d ago

And yet the same can be said about the PS4.

20% more power and yet their games are graphically identical to the Xbox One.

There has been just as many devs who have gone on record to say that the differences will be miniscule at best.

I'm sure both consoles will produce abslute stunning effects in a year or two. But I doubt one will have a huge leap over the other.

Redgehammer1681d ago

The facts won't be out until after they are released, and benchmarking gets done by all the tech sites. Then you can return here In jubilation that your rumors were correct, or return dejected, after learning the X1 is not the underpowered piece of crap you believe it is, or sigh in acceptance when you find out that parity exists between the 2 consoles. I think they both will be powerful.

wtopez1681d ago

Always a fanboy waving the meager PS4 specs d*ck around an Xbox thread. Well a single discrete mid-range PC GPU is more than 30% to 50% more powerful than the whole PS4 system. And with AMD releasing it's new line GPUs before the actual console is out, the power difference will only get more embarrassing.

Mike134nl1681d ago (Edited 1681d ago )

Its hard to compare at the moment there is more info available on the custom chip design of the xb1 compared to the ps4. They will need to explain these things if both consoles are indeed comparable in specs.

Special processors: dedicated to audio for kinect use makes sense.
Freakisly powerful: Not really Sony already/also said they have the most powerful hardware
Power of cloud: Not really yes it is freely available to al devs because of low pricing. Though no services such as gaikai are yet beeing used as Microsoft deems this to expensive
Kinect: great piece of tech but remains to be seen if usefull for gaming
Skype: no 3d skype maybe on ps4

In the end the games will have to proof which console might or might not be better

t3rrorc3ll1681d ago

I'm also glad I can see the launch of ps4 in the US then the Xbox one then I will gtr my ps4 on the 29th November. To me it allows time for me to switch. If the ONE does have some secret sauce and is more powerful I will pick it up and be a sole Microsoft gamer again. But gotta admit deep down destroys all of that which has been shown on the ONE so far. But I am in no way stuck with my choice so far

NextGen24Gamer1681d ago (Edited 1681d ago )

Lets break down what we know from HotChips...Facts only...

"15 special processors that can handle things like graphics and physics processing."

You see, that's why the gpu, that can do 1.3 TFLOPS can compete with the gpu in the ps4 that does 1.8 TFLOPS. Those 15 special processors take an incredible load off of the GPU...It makes the xbox one more efficient. That's the part of the "ON PAPER" argument that fanboys don't understand, until developers for BOTH consoles get their hands on it and can talk about it. Which leads me to the fact that a developer already said he was surprised at ONE of the consoles power. Which only means that architecture in the xbox one surprised him because on paper the ps4 looked to be more powerful. If you use commons sense, it's easy to understand why the 15 special processors obviously make a HUGE difference in the performance of the system.

"The result is a chip and system that are freakishly powerful and would make any PC gamer drool. The DRAM can access the CPU cache at a rate of 30GB/sec. and non-CPU cache at 68GB/sec. The embedded RAM can transfer data at a rate of 204GBs/sec to different parts of the chip."

Once again, the custom architecture is showing that simple numbers mean very little. It's another aspect of their custom design that makes the xbox one freakishly powerful. Which would explain why Microsoft has stated that its capable of doing 4k games. Something that Sony has confirmed that the ps4 can't do! If you take off your fanboy glasses, it all makes sense. But that's something that ON PAPER stats won't show. It's complicated for MS to explain this to fanboys who only want to hear about TFLOPS from the GPU. LOL....There is much more to it. Developers are surprised....Why is that? LOL

"Microsoft used PC standards – an x86 CPU, a DirectX 11 GPU and DDR3 memory – but it threw out the traditional PC architecture to create a beast."

This is all from HOTCHIPS....MS has built a custom BEAST and the key word once again is architecture....Not raw simplistic numbers...They have architecture that takes the workloads that GPU's normally have to do, and put them in DPU's...15 special custom ones....That means the GPU operates more efficiently....

Very good read, super excited for the xbox one...super excited for when the NDA lifts and we get more specific details on the architecture that we have had a small peak of....Sure people thought there was a DGPU....I was one of them, but the inside information never said that, he only gave tidbits and people ran with it...What we do know to be a fact just based off of HOTCHIPS, is that the CPU/GPU is massive and incredibly customized...and MS reps have said over and over again, that the specs on paper that everyone is throwing around doesn't tell the entire story....September 30th, we should get more of the story!

Slobberknocker below me....

Its a fact that MS has stated on several occasions that the xbox one is fully capable of doing 4k games. Obviously the 15 custom DPU's have a lot to do with that. Just because you don't understand something...doesn't mean it's not capable...I know fanboys want to believe MS is lying, but HOTCHIPS proves their is much more than meets the eye and still some info in the gpu that is UNKNOWN as of now.

shahab911681d ago


"Which would explain why Microsoft has stated that its capable of doing 4k games."

Dude just stop right there and snap out of your delusion. Even a high end pc with a freaking TITAN in it can't properly do 4k gaming. Just stop.

shahab911681d ago (Edited 1681d ago )


Lol delusion is all time high in n4g. You are saying to me x1 is capable of 4k gaming yet ryse, dead rising 3 are not even able to achieve 60fps in 1080p. Are you nuts or what?

ziggurcat1681d ago (Edited 1681d ago )

@ elite24gamer:

uh no... MS has never said that 4K games were possible, or is this another delusion you've read from misterx and his "insider" who has been wrong at every single turn (yet you keep drinking that kool-aid). you're probably taking them saying that xbone supports 4K resolution to mean that they could do 4K resolution games.

4K support will be limited to video playback, not games, on both xbone and PS4.

"Sure people thought there was a DGPU....I was one of them, but the inside information never said that"

uh... that's *exactly* what this so-called "insider", and misterx were saying... that there was a dGPU. you even spammed this place (in almost every single thread you posted in) with that nonsense. and now you're spewing this DPU nonsense... more wishful thinking that's going to end up in sheer disappointment.

and there isn't even any proof that a NDA even exists, yet you keep bringing it up. given the track record of your "sources", you're definitely in for a big surprise, but it's not going to be anywhere near as great as you think it is. for all we know, it could all be kinect-related.

Caffo011681d ago

games on X1 are not even close to the graphics of INFamous, DD or KZ..

tigertom531680d ago

I Think we all agree that some specs are 50% better or even 2.5x but that doesn't translate to games run twice quality or twice the frame rate it just doesn't work that way with computers and software. Microsoft doesn't brag about being the most powerful like Sony has which Microsoft would agree, but disagree that you would have 30 or 50 percent better performance in game play. My estimation it will be close to 10 or 15 percent in game performance 5 or 10 FPS which really not going to separate the two consoles by much and it all about the games and features that you will be purchasing the consoles on.

Nekroo911680d ago


actually 5 to 10 fps increase its not 10 or 15% better performance its actually 23 to start...

joefrost001680d ago

Besides numbers what do sony have to back up their claims cause Im looking at the games and from what I see sony is lying
But Im not suprised by sony's actions they did the same thing in 2005 when they put up a lot of numbers and showed a lot of movies saying it was "gameplay"( Im still waiting on that version of motorstorm I saw
MS was showing real gameplay on PC dev kits in 2005 and everyone was saying the same thing then as they are now
Ask any dev or gaming journalists and they will tell you sony has a bad history with over promising about console performance from the duck demo and "Toy story Graphics" in 2000 to the movies in 2005
The keep hearing the ps4 is x amout more powerful I heard the same thing last gen and we saw how that turned out
I think it was the producer at square enix not sure look it up but he said the same thing my brother in law that does network code for activision
Like for example the ps4 has a more compute shaders but MS has 15 or more special processors that the ps4 dont
Its common sense if I have a system that is 50% more powerful and its easier to develop for(which most devs have been saying about the ease of development) I dont care how much time or even if I had crappy developers which is not the case sony has some of the best developers in the game
With that big of a gap it would be noticed from the jump
I expected this attitude from sony thinking about 2005 but what I didnt expect that people would fall for the same thing twice

opinska1680d ago

you an idiot, total bs :)

tigertom531680d ago


It Depends on what the FPS "Frames Per Second" that you comparing it to. If it is 60FPS 10% of that would be 6 FPS faster 20% would be 12 FPS faster which is probable closer to what the PlayStation is able to do. Sony's PlayStation going to have the largest percentage at a higher resolutions and a lower percentage at a lower resolutions.

Regis1680d ago

You do realized everything that came out for deep down is CG trailer you know that right?

adventureghost1241680d ago


what are you talking about? Sony's games look way better graphically and its nearly 50% more powerful.
Sure there are some devs who say that differences are miniscule but thats mainly because they are developing for both consoles and they are not going to cause a rift between either of them. And there have been a lot of indie devs and others like Guerrilla and Sucker Punch who have continuously given praise to the PS4.

DoubleM701680d ago

Do you actually think hardware that cost around the same to purchase is %30 to %50 pecent more powerful than the other? Sony has always known to over estimate and under deliver. It's always been like this Insomnia84.

You ever herd of Emotion Engine and toy story graphics? What about the head guy at Sony stating you better get two jobs to buy a PS3. Just sure arrogance that the PS3 was going to kick the 360's ass. What about a Network that was hacked and it took Sony 5 days to admit it? Tons of credit cards and personal information was stolen.

All I'm saying is don't believe Sony Shit don't stink either. You all want Microsoft to do bad in this new Generation, but why? Comeptition is good for the consumer. Without it you wouldn't be getting a PS4 or a 180 with DRM.

strifeblade1680d ago (Edited 1680d ago )

Deep Down is randomly generated dungeons/ caves with one enemy on screen. Ryse has tons of enemies, an actual battlefield, with tons happening in the background. Don't compare deepdown to ryse, its a joke, Deepdown's budget will not even touch Ryse. Deep down may not even be headed towards NA/EU and the randomly generated dungeons with randomly generated enemies seem to enforce this prospect of low budget niche game for the japanese.

Playstation being 30%-50% powerful? The gpu is technically weaker by 40.67%, but msoft have a better cpu by atleast 9% customizations done to the cpu that we cannot calculate. The esram set up msoft have going may be worthwhile and it could very well surpass sony's gddr5 memory bandwidth- only time will tell how much the x1 can use of the theoretical 272gb/ps. Finally 50 Micro processors (MCU)- 15 of which can be used for graphics and physics calculation. Have you factored that into your equation?

The fact is the the x1 hardware is very customised and none of us can confirm the maximum output of the system since the architecture is not something we are use to.

These Sony trolls will have you believe the gpu is all that matters and will ignore any customizations X1 has- But guess why? Thats because the PS4 is devoid of custom architecture, and if you say otherwise then you contradict the many devs that claim its easy to develop due its "friendly" architecture.

Death1680d ago

You can't say one is all talk without anything to show without pointing to the other. Sony has been all talk too. The reason for this is the consoles haven't released.

The devs have not spoken. An annonymous dev allegedly spoke. Without a source or a name, what was said means nothing. Hideo Kojima has praised the Xbox One.

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popup1681d ago (Edited 1681d ago )

My Wii U features a chip that, Billions of years ago, was formed from Molten Lava that had been cooled over many years by caring Polar Bears living in what we now call 'France' before being fed a special energy from the Sun called 'Sun Energy' for a further 1 Million years. Slowly, as the years passed, it began to resemble what scientists now call a 'Silicon Chip'. This chip was then stored by an inbred family of angry Squirrels until Humans were considered mature enough (something only they can decide)to take over it's care. It was a member of the that community, Reggie Fils-Aime, that was ultimately chosen and finally, it was given to the world in Nintendo's Wii U.

No disagrees please. They are messy and leave stains on the carpet.

yippiechicken1680d ago

Sir, I like your style. :)

MoonConquistador1678d ago

Nice one popup, that's the best laugh I've had on here for ages. A welcome respite from the arguing

showtimefolks1681d ago

can't we all be happy that games next gen will look better and hopefully play better?

ps4 is 50% more powerful
no now xbox one is better

who cares, games will decide which is better

seriously trolls on gaming sites spend more time trolling than actually playing any games, why can't we all just get along like a big gaming community?

enjoy ps3/xbox360/pc/wiiu now and later on we will enjoy next gen consoles

Insomnia_841681d ago (Edited 1681d ago )

It was all good until Microsoft showed up in the console business with their arrogance and lies.

Death1680d ago

Things were great until Microsoft showed up and made bold claims like "the next gen starts when we say it starts" and then told gamers to get another job if they want to get their console. Then they had the audacity to label it a "Super Computer", which by now I'm pretty sure most of us have figured isn't true. Then they went on about the competitions console being less than "True HD". The list goes on about Microsoft and how they ruined gaming.

Animal Mutha 761681d ago

Lol at the disagrees you are getting for stating the truth. This site........!

Eonjay1681d ago

This chip-set is so inferior to the AMD PS4 chip-set that it is almost laughable.

beebap1681d ago

Right so microsoft tries to get into hardware side of things which is what sony do and have done..who think with experience available will have the most powerful console?

Death1680d ago

While usually I would be inclined to feel the same way, Sony subcontracted the PS4 out to Cerny and AMD with AMD doing most of the work. For the first time the Xbox has the more complex/exotic hardware, but still teamed up with the same chip manufacturer. Both started with the same basic combo chip and tweaked it.

Angeljuice1681d ago (Edited 1681d ago )

One slight worry:

" John Sell, the Xbox One's chip architect, said that the chance of defects was high because the chip was so complex, but Microsoft had designed in redundancies into the chip so that if one section was inoperable, it doesn’t kill the whole chip and we don't have a return of the dreaded Red Ring of Death."

On one hand this is a good thing (nobody wants RRoD pt2), on the other hand if the processor carries on working whilst one (or several) of these custom processors is crippled, then a lot of people won't be getting the full power of the system.
I'm sure the chip will make up for the 'broken' part, but at what cost to overall performance?

If the yields are so low, there could easily be a situation where the majority of XB1 APU's would be gimped in some way without the end-user even knowing about it.

I welcome anybody (with technical knowledge) to explain to me how this isn't a potential problem.

kneon1680d ago

This will be just like the cell on the ps3. They were manufactured with 8 spus but only 7 are available to use. So in effect every chip is not running at full potential. It will be the same with the xb1 only with even more sections of the chip.

tigertom531680d ago

wasn't it 1 of the SPU used for the Operating System...

buynit1680d ago

Yea i was wondering the same thing... How far redundant will it go before i know about it? Like will kinect now only see 9 instead ofv10 fingers?

richie007bond1681d ago

53 disagrees we need to stop feeding theses monkeys bananas, Flaming fanboys would argue with their shadows.

LordDhampire1680d ago

cpu's don't handle much graphics besides physics and stuff

People are way overestimating microsoft and feeding into their bull

BallsEye1680d ago

There has been a reason why MS didn't give exact GPU specs and declined to have dGPU. From what insiders say, xbox one have one large GPU split in few parts and scattered around SOC, working in stereo driver, something you would see in dual gpu setup. They are supposed to come clear by the end of this month. Let's wait and see.

s8anicslayer1680d ago

In all fairness to Microsoft Angelic, The argument of "Power" between them and Sony where Sony is rumored to be 50% more powerful then The X1 is just that! Not that X1 is not a powerful machine but just not as powerful than the PS4.

NextGen24Gamer1680d ago (Edited 1680d ago )

Okay, let's get something straight. Microsoft and Sony Fanboys will do and say what ever to make themselves feel better about their single choice in next gen gaming. That's a fact. So to those gamers, no need to read anymore of my post.

Now for those who have some commons sense, I will help you understand a few things about both consoles.

Facts ONLY:

1. Xbox One is a lot more customized than the ps4. MS spent 2 times as much money to AMD and at HOTCHIPS they showed aspects of the system that was massive and unique. Everyone who has annalyed it, has stated that it's freakishly powerful and there is some aspects missing.

2. Microsoft has stated on several occasions that the xbox one can do 4k gaming. Sony has confirmed that their hardware can only do 4k for video & pictures. If you don't believe that MS said that, google it. Now with that said, obviously their highly customized hardware is the reason why it can do 4k gaming. You know that hardware that many still don't understand. The custom architecture that makes the xbox one more efficient. 15 specialized processors for graphics, audio, etc...We all agree that a simple 1.3 TFLOP GPU ALONE can't do 4k gaming. No one disagree's with that. But my question is, "What in the custom desing helps the gpu run more efficiently and can get the console to run 4k games at some point?

"The xbox one GPU is split in two .. Host & Guest. Makes two GPU's not discrete. There is a specialized Direct X DPU. Coprocessor as well .. it can do apps and Graphics branching also. Host And guest GPU's can run separate. And can run together like crossfire but not the same technology. There is extra esram for host and guest that is not a part of the normal 4 x 8 32mb esram. You do not need massive TFLOP numbers to do ray tracing you need specialized coprocessor as this is not brute force.. Coprocessors are extremely hard to get the exact figures. When we are think of standard pc architecture make up against xbox one technical aspects. One thing is for sure xbox one is more powerful then ps4 based on the highly customized architecture.. If anyone thinks Microsoft is just going to design a custom audio chip and 15 specialized processors, then dump a basic low end GPU in and send it out to market it as high end your just a fanboy of the other console."

Host & Guest GPU picture in xbox one architecture


The 50% more power on paper that Sony Fans throw around is simple math from the ram difference & the TFLOP difference. It doesn't take into consideration the Guest GPU in the diagram, the specialized audio chip that has 2 cores for game audio only, and the 15 specialized processors for graphics, physics, & other things. You know the stuff that is too complicated to explain besides in simple words like "The Xbox One is a powerful beast" and it's the only next gen console that will be capable of 4k gaming"...MS will release more info on the custom tech in the xbox one, end of September. Developers have only recently received the NEW Stereo drivers for development which unlocks more aspects of the tech for their games. Up until recently all previous games have been shown using the Mono Driver.

ShwankyShpanky1680d ago

Since you're apparently copy/pasting this into PMs, I'll copy paste my responses:

Ahahahaha.... Xbone can do 4k gaming, huh? At what... 5fps? Sony's not trying to pull any BS like that. They're not "supporting" 4k gaming because they know that the framerate would be absolute garbage, so they're not trying to mislead anyone into expecting a 4k game. ("supporting" is very different from "capability"... I don't think the PS4 "supports" the original Pong either) So what 4k game does the Xbone have coming out? In development? Rumored, even? They claim it will be "up to the devs." What about their 1st party studios?

MisterXmedia is taking gullible folks for a ride with his fake-ass "insider." Funny how the spelling and grammar of this "high level" insider are so atrocious... just like MisterX's.

The E3 Ryse demo hiccuped to 18fps running at 1080p. The hell you think's gonna happen to a game trying to run at 2160p... pushing literally FOUR TIMES the pixels of 1080p? Well, to oversimplify, 18fps/4=4.5fps... as I said... "4k at what... 5fps?" Even if you want to be generous and start with 30fps, 30/4=7.5fps. If you want to be even more generous and say 60fps, 60/4=15fps.

Ah well... http://sd.keepcalm-o-matic....

NextGen24Gamer1680d ago

Once November approaches and games are shown taking advantage of the new drivers, it will become very very clear to those who doubt. I have both consoles pre ordered. But to be honest Sony fanboys make me ashamed to even say that. It's embarrassing to me how blind many of them are. No need to bash another console just because it's the only console you chose to purchase. Just be happy with your choice and enjoy the next gen of gaming. I will have best of both worlds.

DoesUs1680d ago


See you in November.