PlayStation 4 was announced last month, and the hardware specifications included custom AMD hardware. Nvidia, needless to say, has something to say about that.
Despite all the demos and gameplay footage featuring the power of next gen console and hardware, Nvidia Senior Vice President Tony Tomasi remains unimpressed:
“Compared to gaming PCs, the PS4 specs are in the neighborhood of a low-end CPU, and a low- to mid-range GPU side.”
Although the statement might be exaggerated, it is not that far off. Tomasi pushes this point further by adding that:
“If the PS4 ships in December as Sony indicated, it will only offer about half the performance of a GTX680 GPU which launched in March 2012, more than a year and a half ago.”
The next gen consoles of course will feature a major improvement over their predecessors and PCs have always been ahead of consoles because of their flexibility. However, Tomasi is also correct in terms of how quickly the PC will overtake the console this time around.
Regarding AMD, Tomasi said:
“I’m sure there was a negotiation that went on and we came to the conclusion that we didn’t want to do the business at the price those guys were willing to pay.”
Of course the competition between the industry giants will rage on, there might be more to Tomasi’s statements than that. Only time will tell.