Would a PS4 and Xbox 720 with AMD graphics be the right choice?

By Alan Ng - Jul 11, 2011

If you have been paying particular attention to the next-generation console developments, you’ll be very interested to know that fresh reports are claiming that AMD graphics will be featured on all the upcoming next generation consoles, i.e the PlayStation 4, the Xbox 720 and Nintendo’s Wii U console.

As you may have guessed, this news is by no means official yet, but the folks over at HardOCP have apparently gained some inside information from industry sources whilst attending this year’s E3 event in back in June.

According to their article, all next-generation consoles will be using AMD graphics chipsets of some sort although if the news turned out to be true, it’s likely that all three respective consoles from Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony will all use different variants of AMD graphics components. We already know that the Wii U will utilize a custom AMD RV770 Radeon HD chipset, so it will be interesting to see what Sony and Microsoft use in comparison.

If this becomes a confirmed fact, then you have to ask the question about where NVIDIA fits into all this. The company is just putting the finishing touches on their quad-core Kal-El mobile graphics processor, and it would seem strange if the company didn’t have some sort of part to play in any of the next-generation console plans. Not that AMD will be bothered, as it will be a huge coup for them from a business perspective if they can boast that they will supply graphics for the Wii U, PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s next Xbox console.

On the other hand, NVIDIA has more than enough business to keep them busy for years, especially since they are now a superpower in the smartphone market with many Android devices utilizing their dual-core Tegra 2 processor which seems to be equipped in pretty much every device at the moment.

From a gamers perspective though, we wouldn’t have a big problem if AMD did step up to the plate to deliver next-generation console graphics for the PS4 and Xbox 720. There is always a lively debate over which is better between AMD and NVIDIA, but as long as they keep costs down and deliver graphics significantly better than we have seen in current consoles, we don’t think anyone will bother about which company is chosen out of the two. If you are a PC gamer and are a regular buyer of AMD and NVIDIA chipsets, we’d also like to get your opinions on this one. Are the PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720 in safe hands with AMD graphics or not?

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