Microsoft’s Deal With AMD Is Worth $3 Billion
Both Sony and Microsoft are using AMD technology in their next-gen consoles and according to a former AMD employee, the company’s deal with Microsoft is worth a modest $3 billion. That’s, well…a lot. Microsoft did get some proprietary co-operation from AMD for that though. Anybody want to wager a guess as to how much Sony’s deal is worth? No, I don’t know either.
The figure comes via Bob Feldstein, a former AMD employee now employed by Nvidia. An entry on Feldstein’s LinkedIn page says the deal is worth more than $3 million.
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“AMD provided a custom silicon solution to Microsoft for the XBox One, a game console and entertainment device,” the entry reads.
“My involvement was focused on business management and supply agreement negotiations. This required the coordination of multiple functional teams within AMD, as well as regular customer meetings with leadership teams responsible for handling the challenges of complex, multi-year deals. This project is valued at $3+B.”
The PS4 and Xbox One are essentially hyped up gaming PC’s running a custom OS although not quite in the case of Xbox One. This is mainly down to their architecture which should mean good things for cross-platform games and PC ports.