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Nintendo Switch won’t be as powerful as the PS4, report claims

The graphics on Nintendo’s Switch won’t be as good as even those found on the now three-year-old PS4. That’s according to VentureBeat, which reports that two sources have told it that Switch will be built using Nvidia’s last-generation Maxwell architecture and not its new Pascal design, as the latter is …

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Microsoft addresses Xbox One energy usage criticism

Microsoft has issued a statement about the energy consumption of the Xbox One following criticism from an environmental group. Late last month, Noah Horowitz of the Natural Resources Defense Council posted a blog accusing the Xbox One’s ‘Instant On’ mode – which keeps the box in a lower-power state when …

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Next-gen console power consumption criticised by NRDC

US pressure group Natural Resources Defense Council has urged both Sony and Microsoft to reduce the amount of power their consoles use in stand by. It says that between them America’s Xbox Ones, PS4s and Wii Us will in the next year use as much electricity as the US’s fourth …

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Kinect-less Xbox Ones could be given additional processing power

Xbox Ones that are not attached to a Kinect camera could receive a performance boost. Microsoft has previously detailed how a certain percentage of the system’s power is constantly reserved for a handful of OS-specific tasks such as Kinect usage and running multiple programs. However, now that Microsoft has officially …

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Lack of power behind 3DS no-show for NES Remix

Raw processing power has been named as the reason why Nintendo decided against releasing NES Remix or NES Remix 2. One of the easiest ways to answer that is to say, ‘I was working on 3D World, which was developed on Wii U,” series director Koichi Hayashida told IGN when …

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Xbox One is NOT closing PS4 performance gap, Oddworld publisher claims

Microsoft’s ongoing work with Xbox One’s development tools is NOT helping its machine catch up with the apparently still superior technical performance of PS4, it is now being said. MCV this morning reported on claims from Lorne Lanning, co-founder of Oddworld developer Oddworld Inhabitants, that the gap between Xbox One …

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Rebellion says Microsoft can fix Xbox One’s 1080p struggle

Xbox One’s eSRAM is the cause of Xbox One’s struggle to output games at 1080p. That’s according to Rebellion Games’ Jean-Baptiste Bolcato, who told GamingBolt that his team faced a real struggle getting in-development Sniper Elite 3 to hit full HD on the machine. It was clearly a bit more …

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£450 R9 290X arrives, gives GTX 780 and Titan cause for concern

The veil has finally been lifted on AMD’s Radeon R9 290X graphics card. It carries a price of around 450 in the UK. The cheapest MCV has seen so far is either the HIS Boost or Gigabyte variants, which can be had for around 440. On the other end of …

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Microsoft addresses Xbox One vs PS4 performance "mis-information"

The PS4 will not have the performance advantage over Xbox One that many people seem to believe. That’s according to Xbox strategy boss Albert Penello, who has taken to NeoGaf to correct what he calls some of the mis-information” that has been poste don the internet. Here are his technical …

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Xbox Cloud boosts Forza 5 AI by 600%, dev Turn 10 claims

Cloud technology on the Xbox One can increase AI processing power by up to 600 per cent, claims the studio manager of Forza 5 developer Turn 10. Speaking toOXM, Alan Hartman said developers were able to free up more of the console’s hardware for graphics and audio processing, and offload …

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