AMD’s director of ISV relations Neal Robinson recently took a stab at Nvidia by saying that perhaps the rival chip maker is “a little bitter” about Sony’s decision to go with AMD instead of Nvidia.
“If the PS4 ships in December as Sony indicated, it will only offer about half the performance of a GTX 680 GPU, which launched in March 2012, more than a year and a half ago,” Nvidia’s Tony Tamasi said last month in an interview with TechRadar.
Robinson downplayed Tamasi’s statement by saying that AMD’s touch on the PS4 is not comparable to what Nvidia is offering for the PC.
“Well, of course they’re going to do that,” Robinson said. “They’re a little bitter. For us, really by looking at the APU that we designed, you can’t pull out individual components off it and hold up and say, ‘Yea, this compares to X or Y.’ It’s more than just a CPU doing all these amazing calculations and a GPU doing calculations. We are now going to be able to move certain tasks between the two.”
The debate will be ongoing of course as many feel that AMD is pushing old tech into a supposed next-gen console, but some are also arguing for the fact that optimization to the software and hardware can do wonders for the PS4 if done correctly.