Watch Dogs ushers in a new era of Nvidia vs. AMD GPU wars – UPDATE

Quite an interesting piece over on Forbes entitled: Why Watch Dogs is bad news for AMD users and potentially the entire PC gaming ecosystem. Several quotes are below the break.

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Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs is the latest PC title to take advantage of Nvidia’s GameWorks, a robust collection of tools that allow game developers to produce a visual experience which epitomizes Nvidia’s rallying cry: “The Way It’s Meant To Be Played.”

…According to AMD’s Robert Hallock, it’s terrible news for the PC gaming ecosystem on the whole. “Gameworks represents a clear and present threat to gamers by deliberately crippling performance on AMD products (40% of the market) to widen the margin in favor of NVIDIA products”…

Here are some interesting benchmarks:

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What you’re seeing in the benchmarks above is a $500 AMD video card (Radeon 290x) struggling to keep up with a $300 one (GTX 770) from Nvidia using one of the lowest levels of Anti-Aliasing, since Nvidia’s TXAA isn’t available to Radeon users.

Speaking of drivers, both Nvidia and AMD are prepping to release new Watch Dogs optimized launch drivers; Catalyst 14.6 (please note: not live yet but should show up during the day) and GeForce 337.88.

 

UPDATE – May 29, 2014.

It seems Nvidia didn’t take AMD claims lightly. Cem Cebenoyan, Director of Engineering and Developer Technology at Nvidia had a lot to say about the whole ordeal. Here’s a short quote from the full article available through the previous link:

We don’t and we never have restricted anyone from getting access as part of our agreements. Not with Watch Dogs and not with any other titles. Our agreements focus on interesting things we’re going to do together to improve the experience for all PC gamers and of course for Nvidia customers. We don’t have anything in there restricting anyone from accessing source code or binaries. Developers are free to give builds out to whoever they want. It’s their product.

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