The upcoming Xbox One console is Microsoft’s latest entry into the console industry. Set to be released late in 2013, the Xbox One has been surrounded by controversy since the very first day it was announced.
First, the Xbox One had the world’s most restrictive DRM policies. Then, it cost more than the PS4 despite having weaker hardware. Then, Microsoft completely reversed its DRM policies and removed some of the Xbox One’s cooler features – like its family sharing plan.
And now, Microsoft seems to be flip flopping on the Xbox One again just a few months before its scheduled release. The latest rumors from Examiner.com state that the Xbox One will get a major speed boost, increasing its video RAM from 8GB of DD3 memory to 12GB of DDR3 memory. That still won’t be as powerful as the PlayStation 4’s 8GB GDDR5 memory supply, but it certainly narrows the gap.
Apparently, Microsoft is also asking developers for any hardware changes they’d like to see made for the console prior to its launch – which is a very strange thing for a hardware developer to do just four months before the console’s scheduled release.
Why this is bad for Microsoft
This rumor isn’t completely unfounded. Apparently, Xbox One dev kits are shipping with 12GB of RAM.
But whether or not the rumor is true, this is bad press for Microsoft. The constant changing of the Xbox One’s most important characteristics indicates a lack of leadership in the company – and that may not be a good thing for gamers who are being asked to invest in a console that should be around for the next 6 or 7 years.