Next generation consoles from Microsoft and Sony are just around the bend. Many have forecasted their arrival as a blow to PC gaming but according to AMD’s Matt Skynner, that simply isn’t the case. Instead, he believes PC gamers will actually benefit from the arrival of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
During a recent interview with Forbes, Skynner said PC gaming is alive and well and it’s a segment that’s growing. Whenever new consoles are launched, it gives a boost to gaming overall. This time around, he said, because the architectures of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are similar, it makes it cheaper and easier for developers to create for consoles and the PC.
Skynner went on to suggest that gamers aren’t console or PC gamers. Instead, he believes gamers are gamers and any advance in one area helps things across the board.
That’s wishful thinking, especially coming from a company that has their hand in virtually every segment of gaming. Both Microsoft and Sony are using AMD silicon to power their next generation systems and there are already AMD GPUs inside the Xbox 360, the Wii and the Wii U. Oh, and let’s not forget that AMD is doing rather well on the PC graphics side as well.
Skynner also suggested that next generation games should run better on PCs powered by AMD hardware because those titles will also be optimized for AMD-powered consoles. That’s a pretty bold statement as Nvidia currently offers the fastest single GPU at this moment in time but who knows how things will play out once the new consoles arrive.