An update to the Xbox One’s software development kit will give developers access to some extra horsepower, says Microsoft.
Yesterday Head of Xbox Phil Spencer tweeted, “June #XboxOne software dev kit gives devs access to more GPU bandwidth. More performance, new tools and flexibility to make games better”.
Speaking with Polygon, a Microsoft spokesperson said the update would bring online "additional GPU resources previously reserved for Kinect and system functions".
"For consumers, simply unplugging Kinect will not impact the performance of Xbox One," the spokesperson added.
On the day Microsoft announced that the Xbox One would soon be sold without Kinect, Xbox executive Yusuf Mehdi told Polygon his company was hoping to alter the console’s software architecture in order to free up CPU resources set aside for the peripheral.
A Microsoft spokesperson told Eurogamer that “the additional resources allow access to up to 10 percent 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 spokesperson added.
In related news, Real Names are now available on Xbox Live, and external storage drives now work with Xbox One.
Microsoft has also promised that the following apps are coming to Xbox One this month: Crunchyroll, GoPro, Kdrama, NBA, NHL, TuneIn, and Vevo. Meanwhile, Xbox 360 is getting Filmbox Live, Kdrama, and NHL.