AMD Rep Talks About Exclusive Nvidia Support In Games Hurting PC Ecosystem

By   /   May 27, 2014

Yet another game hits the shelves with exclusive support from Nvidia. This trend has been picked up quite recently, especially in Ubisoft titles, that one GPU manufacturer gets special support from the game developers thus owners of GPUs from that company have an edge over the other one.

Watch Dogs is out on PC today and while the game received new updated drivers today from both Nvidia and AMD; it’s pretty evident who got the short end of the stick (75% performance boost on Nvidia compared to 28% on AMD).

AMD’s Robert Hallock suggests this favoritism is bad for PC market as a whole. Watch Dogs takes advantage from Nvidia’s GameWorks to implement special effects like particle effects, textures, smoke etc.

Speaking with Forbes, Hallcock said, “Gameworks represents a clear and present threat to gamers by deliberately crippling performance on AMD products (40% of the market) to widen the margin in favor of NVIDIA products.”

According to Hallock, after release if an issue arises on such Nvidia supported titles, AMD is helpless in suggesting changes to remedy the situation since Nvidia’s Direct3D code is hidden unlike AMD who believe in open, shareable code such as the ones available on their developer portals.

Hallock suggested a way for all gamers to benefit equally would be introduce technology like AMD’s latest TressFX Hair since it works equally well on both Nvidia and AMD products.

John McDonald called Hallock’s statements to be unsubstantiated in a series of tweets.

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