Originally Posted by rcfc89
Considering the 7850 or equivalent was put into these consoles I would say it wasn't so much about advanced tech but more about the price between going Nvidia vs Amd. You could go back 3 years and find gpu's that are faster then the 7850. Console's have to stay affordable. So there is one thing you can count on them never having. The latest and greatest tech. With that comes a hefty price tag. Amd won over the next generation console's because they won the price bid. Its business.
well a 7850 like gpu is only rumored for one console (the PS4), while the wiiU and new xbox have far weaker gpus. you're correct, it's not about power or the latest and greatest tech. I think convenience and efficiency, both in design and in dealing with a single company for your main chips might have made a big impact, perhaps as big as price. also, going back three years, the gpus around the 7850 performance are the gtx480, 6970, gtx560t 448, gtx570, with the gtx580 being decidedly faster. needless to say (but relevant), all of these chips are a poor choice from a thermal and power perspective considering the typical small form factor and low power draw of a console. AMD most likely won because they can offer a solution with the gpu/cpu on a single die like the revised xbox 360 has. whether or not something like a gtx650ti and an IBM cpu would be cheaper than an AMD 8 core and a 7850 is anybody's guess, but being a maker of both cpu/gpu and having integrated solutions out already (APU) AMD is an obvious choice for convenience as well as price.
on topic, it would suck major if they don't release a new gpu series t replace the HD7k series this year. was going to buy a 690 around my birthday, but I do like single gpu better. at this point it looks like titan or gtx780 (if it's a worthy increase from what's already out and I can't secure a titan).