It was bound to happen – and just as we speculated, it seems that games headed for next-gen systems would find their PC counterparts running better on AMD hardware. That’s exactly what’ll be happening with one of the biggest games coming for the launch of the next generation of consoles – Battlefield 4.
“It makes sense that game developers would focus on AMD hardware with AMD hardware being the backbone of the next console generation,” EA said in a statement to be found on IGN.
And it does indeed make sense. The next consoles from Microsoft and Sony both run AMD CPUs and GPUs – as does Nintendo’s Wii U. That doesn’t mean that those who run Intel and Nvidia-powered systems won;t be able to the play the game, of course – just that it wont run quite as well.
“DICE has a partnership with AMD specifically for Battlefield 4 on PC to showcase and optimize the game for AMD hardware,” an EA representative added. “This does not exclude DICE from working with other partners to ensure players have a great experience across a wide set of PCs for all their titles.”
“At this time, though, our relationship with DICE and EA is exclusively focused on Battlefield 4 and its performance optimizations for AMD CPUs, GPUs and APUs. Additionally, the AMD Gaming Evolved program undertakes no efforts to prevent our competition from optimizing for games before their release,” Chipmaker AMD added.
Expect this to be the case with pretty much all of EA’s Frostbite 3 powered games – and quite likely, pretty much all multi-platform games that hit PC in the foreseeable future. Nvidia, for its part, has shrugged off AMD’s next-gen victory – adamant that it ain’t no big thing. that said, I think many Pc gamers, when it comes time to upgrade, might look to AMD for their next batch of hardware.
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