Kinect-less Xbox’s mean better games?

Xbox-One-635Microsoft may free up processing power currently reserved for Kinect to help boost the performance of Xbox One, according to a new report published by Polygon.

Polygon’s report states that Microsoft is “reexamining the Xbox One’s hardware architecture” following its decision to unbundle Kinect from Xbox One, hinting at the possibility of resources currently reserved for Kinect being shifted elsewhere to help boost game performance.

Xbox’s Yusuf Mehdi confirmed that the platform holder is “in discussions with our game publishers about what we might do in this space and we will have more to talk about soon”.

A Digital Foundry report posted last October revealed that Xbox One “reserves 10 per cent of graphics resources for Kinect and apps functionality”. The site added that Microsoft intended to “open up this additional GPU power for game development in the future”.

Freeing up those resources in games that don’t actively use Kinect could help Xbox One move away from the struggles it’s faced with performance, which has seen numerous multiplatform titles – including this month’s Watch Dogs – render at a lower resolution on Xbox One than PS4.


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