This news should be taken less seriously. It's a marketing person talking big words about a product that will save AMD.
What really happened:
- AMD is looking for investors because they are an easy target for takeovers atm.
- There are products planned but when they finally give a release data, add 2years to know the real date.
- AMD is tired of losing the fight with Intel. They'll go more in the market of graphics and SoCs.
Originally Posted by go4life
On topic: So if this is a success, would it mean we can get similar performance to what consoles are getting out of the hardware? If so, it would just be awesome!
Hardware side: A console can run lesser hardware because it's dedicated to one job. Your OS is stripped down to running one cpu, gpu, mem, nic, usb and bt all of which are known devices. A pc runs a multitude of processes and services all at once so that you can connect thousands of hardware devices and run millions of programs.
Software side: Software for pc and console are theoretically about the same but the api's used on pc are a lot bigger and heavier because they need to run on all kinds of hardware and you try to optimise them for all kinds of hardware. Console api's are small and more time can be spend on optimising for that one combination of hardware on the level of driver+OS+software.
There is also the perception side. For instance consoles render 720p and then they upscale it because you know that the maximum tv is 1080p. On a computer this would be pretty bad to do because pc users are close to their screen and would see bigger pixels. Someone playing in 1024x768 wouldn't see it, but 3240x1920 users would see big pixels everywhere.
HSA will not change this. Even when we get real HSA architecture in our home pc's, it still wouldn't match a console because the HSA would have been build to work thousands of tasks and not just gaming.