Computer hardware distributor AMD recently issued a statement (along with EA) on IGN clarifying that, since the next-gen consoles – the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One – both run on AMD hardware, the relationship between the company and the Battlefield series developer DICE which enables the two to collaborate on and optimise DICE’s upcoming Battlefield 4 for AMD hardware will not be exclusive to AMD components.
While the original story over on IGN stated that Battlefield 4 “will ship optimized exclusively for AMD GPUs and CPUs“, AMD’s response added that it makes sense that developers would focus on AMD components and that gamers without AMD hardware will still be supported.
“It makes sense that game developers would focus on AMD hardware with AMD hardware being the backbone of the next console generation. 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,” AMD representatives said. “Additionally, the AMD Gaming Evolved program undertakes no efforts to prevent our competition from optimizing for games before their release.”
An EA spokesperson had this to say on the matter:
“DICE has a partnership with AMD specifically for Battlefield 4 on PC to showcase and optimize the game for AMD hardware,” the spokesperson said. “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.”
From my understanding what this basically means is that, for the time being, AMD will be focusing on optimising Battlefield 4 for AMD components in order to make sure that the finished product will look its best when it’s released on the next-gen consoles (since the new consoles have AMD hardware in them). Does this mean to say that when Battlefield 4 hits the shelves will perform – to a degree -better than if it were being played on Nvidia hardware, even with Nvidia optimisation? Who’s to say, really – I for sure don’t know.
I would assume that in the end Battlefield 4 will run smoothly on both component lines. In any case both Nvidia and AMD users will have their copy of Battlefield 4 run on their chosen components.
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