Linksys has a new Xbox One-branded router, that can automatically detect and connect to your Xbox One, touting faster gameplay and more. As noted by The Verge, the new Linksys router, called the WRT32XB, is a newer version of its WRT32X gaming router for Windows PCs.
Supposedly, the WRT32XB prioritizes and accelerates gaming traffic for your Xbox One to provide you will a faster connection than other routers on the market. The WRT32XB uses the same “Killer Prioritization Engine” technology found in its PC counterpart, the WRT32X, but applies it to Xbox One consoles instead of your PCs. Linksys claims that the WRT32XB greatly reduces lag spikes and cuts down up to 65% on peak ping times for Xbox One gamers.
Besides the Xbox One-centric features, the WRT32XB has the exact same features as the WRT32X:
- 802.11ac Wi-Fi
- 4 Ethernet ports
- 1 USB 3.0 port
- 4 dual band antennas
The WRT32XB will be released sometime in February 2018 for $299, the same price of the WRT32X. For WRT32X users who might get a case of FOMO with the new router version, have no fear. Linksys announced that they will be adding Killer gaming priorization for any gaming device on the WRT32X in a software update coming laster in Spring 2018.
It seems strange for Linksys to have the need to create an Xbox One version at all, when they could just release an updated version instead. The Verge added that there have been reports that the Killer network prioritization tech is all bunk anyways and there may not be an actual effective advantage over a regular router.