The Sony PlayStation 4 will run on a CPU and GPU from AMD. Now rival chipmaker Nvidia openly commented on why the company isn’t involved in the PS4. Nvidia supplied the GPU in the PlayStation 3, but this time, it just “wasn’t worth the cost”, according to Nvidia.
Speaking to GameSpot, Nvidia’s Tony Tamasi said that they and Sony were in negotiations regarding Nvidia providing GPUs for the PlayStation 4. However, it all came down to cost. Tamasi said:
“We came to the conclusion that we didn’t want to do the business at the price those guys were willing to pay.”
Tamasi added that Nvidia had console experience in the past — with the PS3 and the original Xbox — and that it learned that there are trade offs when making chips for a console. He said:
“We’re building a whole bunch of stuff, and we had to look at console business as an opportunity cost. If we say, did a console, what other piece of our business would we put on hold to chase after that?”
AMD will be providing a custom APU chip for the PlayStation 4. The chip includes the CPU and GPU on the same die. However, AMD has been struggling lately and is in deep financial trouble. Despite that, they’re rumored to be providing the heart of the next Xbox console as well.
Nvidia is not entirely out of the PlayStation 4 game though. They recently announced that its PhysX physics software suite was coming to the PS4. Developers can already download the SDK and work on their games.