nVidia switches sides as it confirms that it will be producing the graphics for Sony's next console.
nVidia revealed today that it will be producing the chip for Sony’s PlayStation 3. The company has announced that it will be jointly developing a GPU for use with Sony’s ‘next generation computer entertainment system’, which is more than reasonable to assume is the PlayStation 3.
Apparently it has been working with Sony on the chip for two years, while Sony has been developing its much talked about ‘Cell’ processor with IBM and Toshiba. Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO, nVidia, said, “The combination of the revolutionary Cell processor and NVIDIA’s graphics technologies will enable the creation of breathtaking imagery that will surprise and captivate consumers.”
”’Below is most likely a fake picture of the Playstation 3.”’
This can be construed as sticking two fingers up to Microsoft, after nVidia’s stormy relationship with the company after it produced the GPU used in its Xbox. It seems the pieces on the graphics draughts board are moving around with ATI to provide the graphics for The Xbox 2 and possibly the graphics for Nintendo’s follow up to the GameCube.
The custom GPU will be manufactured at Sony Group’s Nagasaki Fab2 as well as OTSS (the joint fabrication facility of Toshiba and Sony).