Microsoft made some space for an extra gigabyte of Xbox One X’s system memory. This gives the developers more power to use with the games.
“We’ll keep tuning Xbox One X to empower creators to share the best versions of their games. Unlocked extra GB of RAM for them, now 9GB of GDDR5.” as said by Mike Ybarra, corporate vice president for Xbox and Windows gaming at Microsoft.
Xbox One X has a total of 12 GB of system memory, stated by Microsoft when they revealed the console’s hardware specifications in April. Microsoft said that the console would reserve 4 GB of RAM.
They’ve explained that the Xbox One held back 3GB of the 8 GB of RAM. Because of that, Xbox One X needed an extra 1 GB to run the interface on a 4K resolution. Their engineers figured out how to get Xbox One X to work its system processes with 3GB of memory.
The Playstation 4 is splitting up its memory in a similar way. The PS4 launch had 8 GB of GDDR5 RAM, 3 GB of which went for the system. Sony gave 1 GB of DDR3 RAM to the PS4 Pro. This will free up about a whole GB of the GDDR5 memory.
Xbox One X is using much faster memory than the Xbox One and the Xbox One S. Both of them have 8 GB of DDR3 RAM plus 32 MB of embedded static RAM. In the original version, the memory bandwidth was 68 GB per second for the DDR3 RAM and up to 204 GB per second for the ESRAM. Microsoft upgraded the ESRAM’s bandwidth to 219 GB per second in the Xbox One S.
Ybarra said that the extra gigabyte of free RAM will improve the performance for all games on Xbox One X. Even if the game was developed with 8 GB of RAM in mind, the remaining free RAM will be used as a cache. All in all, this is meant to give Xbox One X more power advantage over the PS4 Pro than it already has.
And here is why:
- CPU Eight custom x86 cores clocked at 2.3GHz
- GPU 40 customized compute units at 1172MHz
- Memory 12GB GDDR5
- Memory Bandwidth 326GB/s
- Hard Drive 1TB 2.5-inch
- Optical Drive 4K UHD Blu-ray
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