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Xbox One Games At E3 Were Running On Windows 7 With Nvidia GTX Cards? [GamingBlend]

EmptyMellon

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This is amusing. :)
[Update: PS4 developers state that their games were running on actual PS4 dev kits, not high-end PCs]

You know how EA's COO Peter Moore told Geoff Keighley during the post-conference interview at E3 that the games they were showing off on stage were running on comparable dev kit specs to the actual home consoles? Well...that's not really true. What is true, however, is that to get the best performance on home console games, Microsoft made sure that they were running on the most stable system specs available on the market and in some cases that may have been an HP powered, Windows 7 system with Nvidia's 700 series GTX GPU.

Thanks to the guys on the HFBoards, they put together a nice little cache of information on the Xbox One and PS4, strangely they had some fairly unflattering evidence of some Xbox One games not even running on Xbox One dev kits or, as Peter Moore put it, comparable specs... unless switching from AMD cards to Nvidia cards in a last ditch effort to raise the price of manufacturing the console?

Anyway, Julian Rignall from US Gamers had an interesting Tweet to share, which on its own is quite harmless, noting...



Well, that's just some possible guesswork and speculation from one person encountering an error on an Xbox One and there's no way that any of that can remotely be proven because why would Microsoft not trust their own dev kits or comparable specs to run high-end games when... BAM! This showed up on HF Boards...


Oh dayum!

And wait for it, wait for it...wait...for...it...Boom!


Money shot!

If true, none of this should be a surprise to most people given that all E3 demos run their games on high-end PCs; it's a smoke and mirrors circus to sell the idea of the game, sort of like how pro wrestling sells the idea of fighting despite being scripted. We should all be used to it by now and it's just common practice [from most studios] given that the dev kits or comparable specs aren't usually finalized at this point.

However, in this particular case it does make it seem like Microsoft didn't even trust their latest Windows 8 operating system. As many people questioned on Twitter, why not Windows 8? Heck, Windows 8 is what one of the Xbox One's operating systems is based on. Opting for Windows 7 during E3 seems like Microsoft may not have had the confidence in their latest OS to put on the show they required or demo the games in the best of light.

I suppose the only real damning thing about this kind of exposure is that Microsoft didn't even use “comparable specs" from the company providing them with video cards in their home console. For those of you who don't know the Xbox One will run on a modified AMD GPU that, according to Extreme Tech, is on the level of a mid-ranged Radeon 7790. I guess the 7790 wasn't powerful enough for the Xbox One's E3 games eh? They needed a real manly card like the GTX 780, eh?

I guess it's like that old saying: If you want to dazzle on the grand stage you go GTX or you go home.

Also.. .poor, poor Windows 8; even Microsoft doesn't like you.
Source: Xbox One Games At E3 Were Running On Windows 7 With Nvidia GTX Cards?
 

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LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL :haha: i love these guys...

the funniest thing would have been a game minimization because of windows update :rofl:
 

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Disgusting. What more is there to say? MS is completely loosing its shit.
 

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Disgusting. What more is there to say? MS is completely loosing its shit.
Seriously... what is going on in their minds over there?

Between the public pushback on their new used games DRM/fees, 100% connectivity requirements (and in your face stupid comments from employees.... Microsoft exec says gamers without Internet can stick with Xbox 360 - TechSpot ), and the "here's your stupid start button, but we're still not going to give you the start menu that you really want" win 8.1 refresh, it feels like they're going out of their way to piss off their customer base.....

Did all of their execs short sell the stock this spring?
 
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First Window Aint and now the XBone....its seems that everything they touch lately turns into a fuster cluck. Really...really hope that Balmer gets a chair to his ass and his golden parachute cords CUT. MS needs to get back to basics before they turn into this generations IBM. :(
 

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The problem is that they're not just taking themselves down, they're taking manufacturers down with them. Promoting win8 as a necessary response to low desktop sales and increased tablet sales is a self fulfilling disaster waiting to happen.

IMO desktop sales are low because there haven't been any game changing improvements to hardware in the last 4 years, and tablet sales fill a different need in the marketplace.
 

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Disconnected, arrogant, elitist, mega-rich men making choices related to computer software and the video game industry. Nothing can go wrong. Nothing.
 

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Is this really a surprise...? Almost every "dev" kit shown at showcases are normally PCs, even more so since this gen of consoles are X86.
 

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