Smaller Xbox One APU may be in the works, could lead to slimmer console
Microsoft could launch a slimmer, and possibly cheaper, version of the Xbox One in the future, if information about an upcoming smaller APU for the console developed by AMD is correct.
Eurogamer reports that a (since deleted) LinkedIn profile of AMD's senior manager of SOC (system on chip) physical design showed that he "successfully planned and executed the first APU for Microsoft's Xbox One Game Console in 28nm technology and a cost-reduced derivative in 20nm technology."
Reducing the APU of the Xbox One from 28nm to 20nm means that AMD can reduce the manufacturing costs of the processor because more of those chips will be able to fit onto the silicon wafers used for production. It can also lead to a chip that needs less cooling to operate due to the processor operating without as much power. Microsoft could use all of these changes to launch an Xbox One with the same hardware requirements as the current version but in a much smaller case that could be sold at a reduced cost.
There's no word on when, or even if, Microsoft would released a "slim" Xbox One but it has launched two smaller versions of the Xbox 360 since the original one was released in 2005. It would certainly make sense for the company to make a smaller Xbox One if it had the power to do so.
Are you waiting for Microsoft to launch a "slim" Xbox One before buying it?
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Yes Microsoft took the more complicated route. Doesn't mean it's better or worse, just that devs prefer the easier route which makes it the better route unless they care to learn and optimize toward whatever MS is pushing as the way to make games. Sony decided to take the loss on hardware costs (more expensive RAM) and make it up by selling more. Not fanboy talk.
Anyways, didn't mean to bristle you so much. (editing at 6am next day: I was pretty drunk when I wrote this message... I wasn't saying devs won't code for PS4, I was trying to say the other way around. The prefer coding for PS4. Think of how electricity travels... Path of least resistance right? So instead of catering to Xbox they cater to PS4 because it is less work for better results instead of more work for those same results. That's what I was getting at in the first post. As for the original part of this post, I was quite drunk around that time...
The Xbox One is a fabulous console and a great leap over the 360. Peoploe are arguing over a handful of pixels instead of judhing them by the best games, and the best exclusives are currently on Xbox One. I also really like the added value of TV control. PS4 doesnt have voiced based TV guides. It depends on your own value judgement and if people think a hundred or so pixesl is worth all the arguing good for them, but I will consider them an idiot, as its irrelevant in the overall scheme of things.
Plays pretty much any Game in 2560 x 1600 like a Champ. Got lucky and managed to get into the Evolve Alpha on both the Xbox One and on Steam.
Can't see the difference in Resolution because a) I'm sitting too far away from the TV hooked to the Xbox One, b) I'm not having both next to each other at the same time to compare and c) the PC version appears just to be a port from the Console Version ( PC Version: "Press 'A' to start" ) Now that the Consoles are so close in Architecture to the PC I expect more "ports" from them where the difference is so diminishing that I can't really care about it. I only mourn the way they develop games using the less powerfull plattform as a base without increasing the fidelity for the PC. So in the end... Why bother?
A really fun non-button masher is Max: The Curse of Brotherhood. For anyone else that skipped it initially when it came out like I did...
You do realize it's supposed to be hidden behind whatever TV setup you have. So its' looks and size don't interfere with your aesthetical well-being.
The main difference between PC and Consoles (PS4 & XBOX One)...all consoles are the same spec regardless of when you buy it, but PCs vary based on such things like processor speed, storage memory and ram.
So, it will never happen.
WTF MS? Cup half full:
The business of gaming consoles is changing and MS is staying ahead of the curve. Will be interesting to see how this plays out.