If you were excited to hear about the GPU boost the Xbox One received last month, you’d better put your hands over your ears to keep your brain from exploding out.
According to Yusef Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of marketing and strategy for Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business – the same guy that introduced the system back in May – the console’s CPU is now running almost 10% faster, jumping from a 1.6 GHz clock speed to 1.7 GHz.
During the Citi Global Technology Conference yesterday, Mehdi revealed the above, along with word that the Xbox One console is in full production.
“We’ll announce a launch date shortly. We recently just went into full production, so we’re now producing en masse Xbox One consoles.”
How this will fare against Sony’s still more-powerful console is yet to be seen, but what this does mean is that developers will have a bit more juice to squeeze out of the console over the next few years. Microsoft was clearly conservative with previous specs, and if this sort of thing keeps up, we may even see improved manufacturing sooner rather than later. That would mean better reliability and more elbow-room for price drops in the future.
Improved hardware, definite news of full production, and an impending release date are all great news. Microsoft just announced that the Xbox One will launch on November 22nd, 2013.