Linksys has unveiled the WRT32XB gaming router and designed it to make gaming on your Xbox One faster.
Linksys states that the new router, officially called the WRT32XB will instantly detect an Xbox that’s connected and then prioritizes the device to increase game traffic and performance. It uses a “Killer Prioritization Engine” that was seen on the original WRT32X but instead of applying to just PCs it will target Xbox Ones. The company says that this should reduce lag spikes and cut down on peak pink times up to 65 percent.
Aside from the Xbox-specific feature the rest of the router is virtually identical to the original version. It has 802.11ac Wi-Fi, four Ethernet ports, a USB 3.0 port, and four dual band antennas. If you’ve got a Killer-enabled PC you’ll be able to prioritize it as well.
The WRT32XB is set for release sometime in February for $299 USD. Strangely, if you own the original WRT32X you’ll receive a software update that will add Killer gaming prioritization for any gaming device (PC, Smartphone, or console) this spring. I’m not sure why the Xbox specific version exists as a separate product at all, other than to appeal to the hardcore Xbox fans.
Unfortunately, there are no plans to bring this to router to Canada at this time.