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Submitted by pat_11_5 371d ago | news

AMD’s chief graphics architect really likes the PlayStation 4

“The PlayStation 4 blow me away but I’m concious about being to positive about it because of course we have other partners that are competing,” said Gustafson at GDC. (AMD, PS4, Wii U, Xbox One)

pat_11_5  +   371d ago
I was kind of surprised at how enthusiastic he was about the PS4, especially considering they have financial interests in other console manufacturers as well.
RuleofOne343  +   371d ago
He will be ecstatic about both the only issue is that as of right now he can only talk about only one of them due to NDA. but once allowed he will talk about how well his company has handled both consoles needs & looks forward to seeing what developers do with the hardware.
NewMonday  +   371d ago
this is intersting:
"Gustafson also expanded on the potential he thinks the PS4 has when it comes to purposes outside of gaming, especially if it were used as some sort of server. According to him, all it would take is a few modifications and you’d have an amazing computer platform for all kinds of purposes"

when i learned about the PS4 specs and special streaming chip i thought it would make a great private server.
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SHORYUKEN  +   371d ago | Well said
What he want to say is PS4 is the best you can get.

Deal with it.
sikbeta  +   371d ago
@pat_11

What do you expect? PS4 is using AMD parts, they're not going to talk bad about themselves :P
pat_11_5  +   371d ago
I expect him to be a little more careful about what he says, especially considering they're supposed to be supplying the hardware behind the Xbox 720.
dantesparda  +   371d ago
Well i didnt hear him say anything on the Wii U, and we all know according to the rumors that the graphics chip in the next Xbox is inferior. So he's basically saying he's most impressed with the PS4' specs
psoomah  +   370d ago
"this is intersting:
"Gustafson also expanded on the potential he thinks the PS4 has when it comes to purposes outside of gaming, especially if it were used as some sort of server. According to him, all it would take is a few modifications and you’d have an amazing computer platform for all kinds of purposes""

Sounds about perfect for Gabe's 'server' Steam Box. And for developers porting their games to Steam Box. AMD made clear on their site blog AMD owns the basic IP blocks, and intend to put out a cut down consumer version of the PS4 chip, minus the proprietary Sony bits, not seeing why AMD couldn't provide Valve with a full blown copy of the PS4 chip minus the Sony proprietary blocks ... that mention of the 'server' potential of the chip might be an oblique reference to just that. For Valve it would be a win win win scenario. Gabe mentioned how critical it was to get the developers on board to port games to the Steam Box, doesn't get any more enticing than a chip all but identical to the PS4's.

If Valve does go this route Nvidia is totally and utterly screwed as Gabe also intends to port all the current (and upcoming) Steam Software to Linux also as his ultimate goal is to bypass Microsoft altogether and create a viable and independent Linux based ecosystem.

This will provide a massive boost to AMD's HSA initiative as everything, games and software, will be written to that standard.
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waltercross  +   370d ago
Nvidia can hold their own, they'll be fine.
fermcr  +   371d ago
"AMD’s chief graphics architect really likes the PlayStation 4"

Seriously!!!... did we expect him to say he hatter the PS4 ?
culpepper516  +   371d ago
not that he would hate the console, but I'm sure microsoft isn't thrilled that he's praising the competition while they're paying amd for parts.
Rumplebumpkin  +   371d ago
Is that a new term? Mad Hattering someone?
vulcanproject  +   371d ago
Lulz I know.

Someone approve that story on the tech site where Sony say they like their new range of Bravias and they are impressed with themselves.

Worthy news indeed.
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BlmThug  +   371d ago
I would be surprised if he wasn't talking about the PS4 in such a manner
Bigpappy  +   371d ago
And Nvidia doesn't. Amazing how that works
GraveLord  +   371d ago
Well they're in the Wii U too and we know how weak that is.(Actually the GPU is the only decent thing in the Wii U)

He didn't bash the Xbox though so I don't see a problem with praising the PS4.
jcnba28  +   371d ago
AMD also provides the graphics horsepower behind the Wii U, a fact Gustafson was quick to point out when asked about his feelings on the PlayStation 4 and the fact that it’s the only true next-generation console that’s been revealed so far. “Of course there is the Wii U too, we have AMD parts in there,” said Gustafson.
SegataSanshiro  +   371d ago
Youre such a hypocrite.
" considering they have financial interests in other console manufacturers as well."
You mean the next xbox? then why not just say that? you know damn well that they're not making chips for anything other than the ps4 and maybe the next xbox and pc, but pc is a given. You scared of mentioning the word Xbox?

Go play saturn
Sideras  +   370d ago
What the actual fuck? No in fact they have their hardware in the wii U aswell. Why so defensive?!
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TBONEJF  +   370d ago
Yeah unlike NVIDIA keep crying bout how hard its too design a graphics card for the PS4 now they wish they could of make one
GDDR6_2014  +   370d ago
He must really like the CPU and gpu
duckieoro   371d ago | Spam
Tundra  +   371d ago | Well said
That controller blows me away. It looks perfect.
KwietStorm  +   371d ago
I haven't seen AMD this vocal since...
KShinigami  +   371d ago
Since what?
KwietStorm  +   371d ago
Since the last time they were this vocal.
AlucardFury  +   371d ago
Of course he likes it. It will help his company get out of its current slump.
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This means amd won't go bankrupt!
Kingscorpion81  +   371d ago
I'm more concern that hackers are going to cause a lot of problems with the PS4.
Neonridr  +   371d ago
Well what is he going to say? I am not looking forward to the PS4 and that it sucks? It is basic, common sense that he is going to tout it. It has their hardware inside.
pat_11_5  +   371d ago
But they're also supplying the hardware behind the Xbox 720 probably and the Wii U. I was surprised how much he gushed over it, that's al.
givemeshelter  +   371d ago
aNd you expected AMD to say anything different? They will be saying the same thing once NDA is off for the Next Xbox...
SatanSki  +   371d ago
Hehe, i was just about to say the same
FrigidDARKNESS  +   371d ago
VeRy nice to hear.
@above i totally agree
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Serjikal_Strike  +   371d ago
Same thing will be said about the new xbox
wishingW3L  +   371d ago
and soon he will say the same thing about the next-box since it has everything AMD too.
nitrogav  +   371d ago
Since the PS4′s architecture is so similar to that of a high-end PC, once hackers get their hands on the actual console, I imagine it won’t be long before they find a way to turn it into an actual computer, allowing it to become more than just a game console.

One worrying paragraph there . What happens when the same hackers start pirating the games ? . Imagine Killzone 4 on all the torrent sites a week before it`s even released !! .
Would love Sony to comment on this .
porkChop  +   371d ago
Sony is pretty good when it comes to secure hardware. The PS3 took years to be hacked, and once it was, Sony released an update that made it impossible to hack again on newer firmware. They know what their doing so I don't see the PS4 being easily hacked. And PC's don't get hacked because of their hardware architecture, it's the software.
Oh_Yeah  +   371d ago
? All you need to hack a ps3 is a hardware flasher to downgrade it back to firmware 3.55 then you can install cfw 4.40...its simple stuff really. Thing is you have to have a ps3 manufactured in 2010 or earlier to be able to downgrade.. Once you do though you'll be able to play ps1, ps2, psp, and ps3 games off the hard drive, remote play on the vita will now work with the majority of ps3 games... play emulators, boot linux, ...even if your console isn't backwards compatible you can play ps2 games...Lol Sony really did take that out to make some extra $.
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porkChop  +   371d ago
I never said you couldn't downgrade. I said it's impossible to hack/pirate on newer firmwares, which it is.
Oh_Yeah  +   371d ago
Ummm... what makes it any different than this gen? That has been happening with PS3, 360, and Wii for some time now...sometimes games leak a month or more before they're officially released.
nitrogav  +   371d ago
What makes it different this time is that the PS4 is not based on Cell architecture which made the games pretty much useless to hackers . Now the PS4 is going to be a virtual high end PC . PC software is probably the most copied or hacked programs out there . The PS4 hardware will be like fort knox . Sony proved that with the secure PS3 . It`s just the games i`m worried about .
TheUndertaker85  +   371d ago
Talk to the Vita. As far as I'm aware the Vita OS hasn't been hacked. PSP exploits work due to PSP emulation being the same as running it via PSP but these exploits are limited in terms of system access.

PS4 will probably be similar.
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delboy  +   371d ago
A hacked ps4 would be a dream come true.
With the x86 architecture, oh man, all the stuff from pc will be easily ported over.
Ps3 was a hard nut,but ps4 will be a peace of cake.
fsfsxii  +   370d ago
Wow, truly pathetic.
hating on the PS4 24/7, and now, suddenly, you want the console hacked because you're a cheapass and don't want to buy the console. Seriously, make up your mind dude
hellvaguy  +   370d ago
@NItrogav
"Since the PS4′s architecture is so similar to that of a high-end PC"

The architecture of the cpu and gpu are equivalent to mid-high level laptop components. That's not even close to a high-end desktop.

Yes there's optimization in consoles and integrated cpu and gpu, and the sweet ram, so maybe what is meant is that the ps4 has the potiental to perform similar to a mid-high level pc. But the same parts, no....
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Belking  +   371d ago
I'm sure he likes the money that coming from the contract too.
Oh_Yeah  +   371d ago
Really...you don't say? Someone whos involved in the PS4 says they like the PS4. Didn't see that one coming.
vigilante_man  +   371d ago
It's actually an honest response. I was also blown away with what the PS4 has to offer. I never expected such a power house and Sony to adopt new AMD APU tech.

The extra chip for streaming and the unified GDDR5 are exciting additions. I am a PC man at heart and love modern tech. I am well impressed by the forward thinking of Sony.

Who knows. Media/Gaming PCs and Servers of the future may also introduce unified GDDR5/6 and additional streaming chips.

Yes, he is going to be kind to all systems with AMD tech inside but he is also right to get excited by new adaptations.

Kudos to all the great, exciting features the PS4 is bringing to gaming. If you truly love gaming you cannot but admire what they are bringing out. As a tech lover I hope to get excited my whatever the Xbox 8/720 delivers.

Am I the only one who truly thinks this next gen will offer much more than it seemed it would even 6 months ago?
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psoomah  +   370d ago
Nope, you're not the only one. The reality of the PS4 substantially exceeds the most optimistic speculations I read of six months ago and beyond.

8 core CPU, 18cu 8xxx GPU and 8GB of GDDR 5 memory - all fully unified - it would have been considered crazy talk six months ago, beyond sane possibility. I know, that's what I predicted and that was the response I was getting.

It's really is a developers and gamers dream machine.
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hellvaguy  +   370d ago
"8 core CPU" keep in mind Intel's i7 quad core are outperforming amd 8-core pc cpu's by a wide margin currently.

The cpu & gpu are pretty disappointing laptop parts, but the ram is way sweet and so is the integration of the cpu & gpu, so optimization may end up making a huge difference.
imchuckbass  +   371d ago
Well what else were they gonna say?

"The PS4, which we provide the chips for, is a pile of complete rubbish. Don't waste your money on this crap."

Honestly most the stories on here are pointless attempts to get website hits
leogets  +   371d ago
but its not crap so he wouldn't say that either
WitWolfy  +   370d ago
Sarcasm is the word of the day...
mrmancs  +   371d ago
Sony have implemented a patented anti piracy feature which involves how long the game takes to boot up , those who are worried about pirated games.
jmc8888  +   371d ago
This just in....

Ford really likes cars made by Ford.
McDonald's really likes the taste of McDonald's burgers.
NBC really thinks it has the best shows on television.
Randy Pitchford says the Wii U version of Aliens: Colonial Marines is the definitive version....err..wait.

I mean should anyone really take the word of someone who is supplying both the 2007-2008 midrange CPU and 2011 midrange GPU in the console they are pimping?

Yes we get it, you like your product. The product will be pretty good. But, c'mon man.
Zhipp  +   370d ago
It's not a 2007 CPU. It's a mobile CPU. Believe it or not, there's a difference.
4lc4pon3  +   371d ago
Where are u guys getting this ps4 is compared to a high end pc business. Hardware wise the ps4 does not even come close
hkgamer  +   371d ago
hardware wise would never match, but if you consider the fact that developers (especially first party) will only have to develop for a single spec machine they can max out the potential of each part.

I remember reading an article about how Naughty Dog was pretty much maxing out the capabilities of the PS1 when they were making Crash Bandicoot. Every part of the level design was made so that the PS could handle it, if one part was too graphically intensive they would consider moving an object offscreen, or take a few polygons off a certain tree.
psoomah  +   370d ago
Heh, can you name a high end gaming machine with 8GB of GDDR5 fully unified system memory + 8 CPU cores and a 8770 class GPU running games written and optimized specifically for that particular system?

I didn't think so.
tubers  +   371d ago
AMD Chief Graphics architect.. saying positive things on an AMD co-developed platform..

You don't say?
Dogswithguns  +   370d ago
I too really liked the PS4 already.. and it's not even out yet.
Martywren  +   370d ago
Hey is that the ps4 behind the controller in the pic?
Snookies12  +   370d ago
Nah, that's another DS4 controller behind it, and the new PS Eye camera.
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AKS  +   370d ago
I'm going to make a wild prediction that AMD employees are also going to like the components of the other consoles that are made by AMD.
MuhammadJA  +   370d ago
Of course he will say he likes the PS4. It's all marketing.
DivineAssault  +   370d ago
i really like the PS4 too.. Im very glad that Sony became humble this time around instead of cocky & arrogant thinking any & everyone would deal with the complexity of the cell.. Because of MS, Sony has learned that they cant get too comfortable atop the thrown.. If all of sonys exclusive developers can make amazing stuff on PS3s complex hardware, they will DEFINITELY make some amazing things happen here in 1/2 the time.. Maybe less resources leading to MORE GREAT TITLES...
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news4noobs  +   370d ago
They became humble because this time they know themselves that it's gonna be another piece of shit, just like the POS3 was/is. They also know that MS will stomp'em into the ground once again, just like with the current generation, so they better be as humble as it gets. Sell your sony shares before it is too late. That's it noobs, have a good day.
WitWolfy  +   370d ago
What a troll, and thats why you will die a virgin...
DivineAssault  +   370d ago
piece of shit huh? wow i wouldve never guessed a piece of shit would end up being the best selling console..
Prcko  +   370d ago
easy to develop,ps4 gonna kick some ass next gen
forum67  +   370d ago
Duh ! .... Sony and microsoft are going to be there huge customer, he is going to like it.
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strifeblade  +   370d ago
Yesterday i made a pizza, i really like the way i made that pizza probablly better than domino's. Oh and im not being biased, im completely honest. you believe me right?
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