AMD is quite proud of the special Jaguar APU it made for the PS3
Nvidia's comments about Sony choosing archrival AMD in order to work on the PlayStation 4 are just a sign of bitterness, according to AMD's Director of ISV relations, Neal Robinson, who praised the hardware made by his company for Sony's next-generation home console.The PlayStation 4 was revealed to the world back in February and Sony confirmed that AMD is in charge of the console's hardware, supplying a special Jaguar APU (accelerated processing unit) that combines a CPU and a GPU on a single chip.
Nvidia, the company responsible for the GPU in the PlayStation 3, made a statement last month saying that Sony didn't make it a decent offer, so it gave up on trying to sign a contract with the Japanese company.
AMD, on the other hand, is quite proud of the work it's done alongside Sony and attributed Nvidia's statements to bitterness.
"Well, of course they're going to do that," AMD's Neal Robison told TechRadar about Nvidia's statements. "They're a little bitter."
Robinson, as you can imagine, is quite proud of the Jaguar APU and how it's even better than a regular PC that's powered by a separate CPU and GPU.
"It's not just about an x86 solution, but it's about that Jaguar APU where it's a combination of the graphics and CPU together and being able to create something that's greater than just putting an x86 PC-like architecture together," Robison explained.
Comparing the segments of the APU with CPUs and GPUs that are available on the market isn't that easy, according to Robinson.
"For us, really by looking at that APU that we designed, you can't pull out individual components off it and hold it up and say, 'Yeah, this compares to X or Y.' It's that integration of the two, and especially with the amount of shared memory [8GB of GDDR5, 176GB/s raw memory bandwidth] that Sony has chosen to put on that machine, then you're going to be able to do so much more moving and sharing that data that you can address by both sides."
Microsoft's Xbox 720 is also expected to use hardware from AMD although it's unclear just how it's going to stack up to the PlayStation 4's components.