Earlier today, PC gamers with NVIDIA hardware in their system got a bit of a scare when IGN ran a report stating that Battlefield 4 on the PC, and all Frostbite 3 games moving forward, would all be optimized “exclusively” for AMD components.
NVIDIA, the report originally stated, would have to wait until the game was released before working on their own driver optimizations. Fortunately for everyone involved, this turned out to not be the case after all.
In a correction sent over to the site, EA said that while developer DICE does have a deal going on with AMD, that doesn’t mean that NVIDIA will be left behind.
“DICE has a partnership with AMD specifically for Battlefield 4 on PC to showcase and optimize the game for AMD hardware,” an EA spokesperson told the site. “This does not exclude DICE from working with other partners to ensure players have a great experience across a wide set of PCs for all their titles.”
As an AMD representative pointed out to the site, it does make sense that this partnership exists – both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are running AMD hardware under the hood.
“It makes sense that game developers would focus on AMD hardware with AMD hardware being the backbone of the next console generation. At this time, though, our relationship with DICE and EA is exclusively focused on Battlefield 4 and its performance optimizations for AMD CPUs, GPUs and APUs,” AMD told the site. “Additionally, the AMD Gaming Evolved program undertakes no efforts to prevent our competition from optimizing for games before their release.”
NVIDIA has had somewhat of a stranglehold on hardware optimization partnerships for the past several years but, as the original report points out, that has started to change as of late; Crysis 3, one of the most technically demanding games on the market, is a prime example.
It’s likely more will partner up with AMD in the future, but at least NVIDIA fans won’t have to worry about being left in the dark.