Networking hardware specialist Linksys has revealed a new router aimed directly at Xbox One gamers, one which the company claims will speed up your online gaming by prioritising and accelerating gaming traffic. It had better do that and a whole lot more, if you ask me, considering it costs as much as an Xbox One S.
It’s not entirely new technology – the Linksys WRT32XB is basically an updated version of the existing WRT32X, now with added B, obviously. The router automatically detects your Xbox One, and then employs the same Killer Prioritization Engine technology which powers the original PC version for reduced lag spikes and as much as a 65% cut down on peak ping times. To delve into the numbers game, the WRT32XB features a 1.8 GHz dual-core ARM CPU, 256MB flash and 512MB of DDR3 memory and a5-port SOHO-grade Gigabit Ethernet switch.
The WRT32XB will be released in February, with a hefty $299 (R3690) price tag in the States. We don’t have local pricing just yet, but you can expect it to be quite a bit more than the direct exchange rate conversion suggests. Because economics. If you’ve already got the original WRT32X, Linksys has said that a future software update will bring the same console-focused features of the WRT32XB to that model too.