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AMD has quietly gained control of the game consoles currently shipping (with the exception of the PS3), and the company recently confirmed it will be providing the core technology for Sony's upcoming PS4.

Given that Microsoft gets along well with AMD as the provider for the current Xbox 360, it seems likely Redmond will continue with this relationship for the 720 (Xbox Next) which should be announced shortly.

This means that virtually all of the existing game console providers, for the first time, will be on the similar core technology. Essentially, this mirrors what has happened with smartphones and tablets but, instead of being ARM or Intel, the core will be AMD’s implementation of x86.

This could go a long way to both saving the console game industry, while also putting AMD into an enviable lead position in game oriented graphics for other devices like PCs. Let me explain.