Since the release of Microsoft and Sony's next gen consoles back in November 2013 the Xbox One has found itself somewhat outperformed graphically, although marginally in most cases, by it's main competitor the Playstation 4. Games such as the recently released Watch Dogs display at 900p on PS4 while falling short of that at mark at 792p on Xbox One. That leads not only to a bit of bad press from Microsoft's perspective, but also some rather smug fanboys sitting on one side of the fence.
Things may be about to change in that regard however, as Microsoft's Head of Xbox Phil Spencer recently announced on Twitter:
"June #XboxOne software dev kit gives devs access to more GPU bandwidth. More performance, new tools and flexibility to make games better"
Spencer did not offer any specifics on how they've gone about attaining the extra GPU bandwidth for developers. One of the most common assumptions is related to the Xbox now offering console bundles without the Kinect. It's been known since before the console was actually released that the Xbox One reserves a portion of it's graphical resources, ten percent in fact, for a number of system processes. Its removal could be a possible explanation for the sudden extra resource availability for developers.
We don't know for sure that this is the case and until more is revealed it could simply be that this was always in the offing from launch as Microsoft and the Xbox division attempted to get more out of the console in general, what it does mark though is some more positive PR once again for the Xbox One since the appointment of Phil Spencer to the head of it's division back in March.
For some people, myself included, a marginal difference in screen resolution isn't one of the biggest issues when it comes to purchasing games or games consoles. For some people, however, it surely is. The other issue is Microsoft bringing the Xbox One more in-line with it's rival when it comes to screen resolution. These changes have the potential to take away some of the more disparaging headlines and stories that have circulated since launch. At the very least it's a boon for Xbox developers.