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Xbox One 12 GB RAM upgrade rumour is false, says Microsoft

"Feeling great about game performance - stuff is looking killer."

Not so long ago, 'twas rumoured that Xbox One would be the recipient of a RAM upgrade before launch, to counter the loathsome might of the StayPlation 3.5 - from 8GB to 12GB, to be precise. Turns out this is all cobblers - you'll have your 8GB of RAM, and like it.

The news comes care of Albert Penello, the product planning manager who hinted that some sort of performance uptick was in the works last month.

"I would like to pose this question to the audience," he wrote. "There are several months until the consoles launch, and [as] any student of the industry will remember, specs change," he wrote on NeoGAF.


"Given the rumored specs for both systems, can anyone conceive of a circumstance or decision one platform holder could make, where despite the theoretical performance benchmarks of the components, the box that appears "weaker" could actually be more powerful?

"I believe the debate on this could give some light to why we don't want to engage in a specification debate until both boxes are final and shipping."

Earlier this month, it was revealed that Xbox One's graphics processing unit has been bumped up from 800Mhz to 853Mhz.

"This is the time where we've gone from the theory of how the hardware works - what do we think the yield is going to look like, what is the thermal envelope, how do things come together - to really having them in our hands. That's the time where you start tweaking the knobs," Microsoft's Marc Whitten explained in a podcast.

Alas, that seems to be your lot. Here's Penello on that 12GB rumour.

And here's a little piece from us on how Xbox One's RAM setup benefits developers and players alike.