Nvidia: PS4 development wasn’t worth the small paycheck

Nvidia passed on its hardware being used in the PlayStation 4 due to the “opportunity cost.”

“I’m sure there was a negotiation that went on,” Tony Tamasi, Senior VP of content and technology at Nvidia told GameSpot, “and we came to the conclusion that we didn’t want to do the business at the price those guys were willing to pay.”

AMD (which bought ATI several years ago) provides the graphics hardware used in the forthcoming Sony console.

  • Dem Grafix

    Consoles that have used an Nvidia GPU: XBox and PS3.

    Consoles that have used an AMD/ATi GPU: GameCube, Wii, Wii U, XBox 360, PS4 and the next XBox (rumoured).

    Sounds like sour grapes from Nvidia who continue to have their business taken away from AMD in the console arena. Maybe they’re hoping their own Android console will take off?

    • Tyler

      But as the article states Nvidia makes a profit of ca 150 million dollar, while AMD loses so much money and selling important assets to keep solvent.

  • EzraWard

    Peter, not just the graphics, but the CPU as well. I have a feeling that all the work AMD made on APUs is helping them out here. Instead of more than one chip, AMD is taking a decent x86 CPU and pairing it with a great high-end GPU on the same chip.

    I think that some of the appeal of using AMD for this is that they can get all the hardware on the same chip. Having just one chip to cool rather than multiple is good for keeping the console cool overall.

    In other words, I believe that there were more downsides to using Nvidia outside of Nvidia wanting more money for their chip.

    • Steven Fisher

      Hopefully they can keep the heat down in this generation a little compared to the Panini Press PS3.