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article imageGates: PS3 has no Graphics Advantage, 'Burned a Year'

By guj_*     Jan 12, 2007 in Technology
Console War: Xbox 360 vs PS3
In a recent interview, Bill Gates slammed Sony commenting that they had no graphics advantage over the Xbox 360 at all.
Sony will never have games looking better than on the Xbox 360, but Gates was quick to remark that BOTH systems would not exploit HD beyond 720p.
"He said that Sony had no advantage in graphics at all. He said Sony started earlier but "burned a year" trying to make the Cell processor do graphics functions. When it didn't work, Sony went to a fall-back plan by tapping Nvidia for the graphics chip at the last minute. It also didn't have embedded DRAM or unified memory. The Xbox 360 game developers would always be a year ahead of Sony on the learning curve in taking advantage of the system. As a result, Gates said that Sony would never have games that look better than Microsoft. He said that either system, limited to 512 megabytes of memory, would not likely exploit HD resolutions beyond 720p. If you go to 1080p, he said, you will have to give up something."
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