South Africans have been waiting rather patiently for the Xbox One to launch in South Africa, an event which has been slated for September this year. That might not be such a bad thing. Since launch late last year, Microsoft has made two versions available: one with Kinect support, while the other one is shipped without the motion and voice sensing peripheral.

The company naturally tried to punt the Kinect version, but has recently admitted that the Kinectless one actually performs better. European gaming website Eurogamer ask a Microsoft representative if you’ll get better performance from the stripped down version, they received an astonishing answer.

“Yes, the additional resources allow access to up to 10 per cent additional GPU performance. We’re committed to giving developers new tools and flexibility to make their Xbox One games even better by giving them the option to use the GPU reserve in whatever way is best for them and their games.”

The website also wanted to know if the extra 10% will allow games to run at true 1080p resolution.

“Xbox One games look beautiful and have rich gameplay and platform features. How developers choose to access the extra GPU performance for their games will be up to them. We have started working with a number of developers on how they can best take advantage of these changes. We will have more to share in the future,” the rep said.

Microsoft South Africa has confirmed that we will be getting both the Kinect version and the one sans the voicey-wavey thingy.

[Source – Eurogamer, image – Microsoft]
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