Microsoft has revealed plans to overclock the CPU of the Xbox One console. This follows news that the Xbox One GPU was receiving an overclock boost.
Microsoft’s Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of marketing and strategy for Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business, has said that Xbox One production was going into full-time mode.
The larger pool of consoles to validate and test has led Microsoft to overclock the console’s processor, raising the speed from 1.6GHz to 1.75GHz – a boost of about 9.4%.
Said Mehdi: “We’ve had real good progress on the system. In fact, we just updated the CPU performance to 1.75GHz on top of the graphics performance improvement, so the system is really going to shine… The games look pretty incredible. We’re on track for a launch in November.”
The Xbox One has had a speed increase in the past, with Microsoft’s Marc Whitten announcing that the GPU had been overclocked from 800MHz to 853MHz, an improvement of 6.62% over stock. This raised the console’s theoretical performace slightly and gives developers more speed to perform more operations.
At the time, Whitten said: “This is the time where we’ve gone from the theory of how the hardware works, to the time where you start tweaking the knobs to get everything right.”
The Xbox One launches with a roster of 23 games including Ryse: Son of Rome (Crytek), Forza Motorsport 5 (Turn 10 Studios), Call of Duty: Ghosts (Activision/Infinity Ward), Battlefield 4 (EA/DICE), Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag and Watch Dogs (Ubisoft).
Microsoft’s Xbox One is on track for a November launch in thirteen countries around the world and will be debuting at a price of $499 in the US and Canada.
No South African launch information has been communicated by Xbox South Africa.