PS4 & Xbox One 'Will Help PC Gaming'
According to AMD's Matt Skynner, the PS4 and Xbox One's PC-like architecture will boost PC gaming
AMD corporate vice president Matt Skynner says that the fact that the PS4 and Xbox One both have a PC-like architecture means that PC gaming will benefit from the release of the next-gen consoles.
"Whenever new consoles come out it gives a boost to gaming overall," said Skynner in an interview with Forbes.
"Because the architectures are similar, it reduces cost, makes it easier for a developer to create for console and PC," Skynner continued. "Gamers aren’t console or PC gamers. In my mind gaming is gaming, and any advance in one area helps things across the board."
“The new consoles too triggered a rush in game engine development. Anytime developers are spending new effort and new focus on designing new engines, then of course they’re going to release PC games that feature these technologies," Skynner said.
In an environment where we're used to hearing people argue over why PCs are better than consoles, and vice-versa, it's nice to see somebody point out how gaming as a whole can benefit from the release of next-gen consoles.
If we believe Gabe Newell, though, it's not next-gen consoles that are best placed to help PC gaming, it's Linux.