E3 2013: AMD tells the press their gaming initiatives

Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards, Processors, Shows and Expos | June 13, 2013 - 02:26 AM |
Tagged: E3, E3 13, amd

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is the biggest event of the year for millions of gamers. The majority of coverage ends up gawking over the latest news out of Microsoft, Sony, or Nintendo, and we certainly will provide our insights in those places if we believe they have been insufficiently explained, but E3 is also a big time for PC gamers too.

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5 GHz and unlocked to go from there.

AMD, specifically, has a lot to say this year. In the year of the next-gen console reveals, AMD provides the CPU architecture for two of the three devices and have also designed each of the three GPUs. This just leaves a slight win for IBM, who is responsible for the WiiU main processor, for whatever that is worth. Unless the Steam Box comes to light and without ties to AMD, it is about as close to a clean sweep as any hardware manufacturer could get.

But for the PCs among us...

For those who have seen the EA press conference, you have probably seen lots of sports. If you stuck around after the sports, you probably saw Battlefield 4 being played by 64 players on stage. AMD has been pushing, very strongly, for developer relations over the last year. DICE, formerly known for being an NVIDIA-friendly developer, did not exhibit Battlefield 4 "The Way It's Meant to be Played" at the EA conference. According to one of AMD's Twitter accounts:

 

 

On the topic of "Gaming Evolved" titles, AMD is partnering with Square Enix to optimize Thief for GCN and A-Series APUs. The Press Release specifically mentioned Eyefinity and Crossfire support along with a DirectX 11 rendering engine; of course, the enhancements with real, interesting effects are the seemingly boring ones they do not mention.

The last major point from their E3 event was the launch of their 5 GHz FX processors. For more information on that part, check out Josh's thoughts from a couple of days ago.

Source: AMD
June 13, 2013 | 03:12 AM - Posted by ThorAxe

I find it very odd to use 2x7970 given how poorly Crossfire performs. Surely DICE knew this?

I guess it goes to show that a single 7970 is enough for BF4 and that is good news for all of us.

June 13, 2013 | 03:29 AM - Posted by Scott Michaud

AMD could have added their frametime delay fix into the custom drivers for the EA announcement.

June 21, 2013 | 02:18 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Could battlefield 4 run good on my hp envy that has a AMD Radeon HD 7570?

June 13, 2013 | 08:50 AM - Posted by pestul (not verified)

Yeah, I'm guessing the beta of the crossfire *fix* drivers is being used.

June 17, 2013 | 11:00 AM - Posted by grommet

More interesting info about AMD's plans(and the plans that got them where they are now):
http://www.polygon.com/2013/6/15/4431474/amd-xbox-one-ps4-wii-u-e3-1023

June 17, 2013 | 11:01 AM - Posted by grommet

double post- sry

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