“Father of Xbox” apologizes to AMD for betrayal 20 years ago

The original Xbox came out almost 20 years ago, and to mark the upcoming anniversary, the console developer apologized to AMD engineers and its CEO. When preparing the console, Microsoft at the last moment decided to abandon the AMD platform in favor of its competitor – Intel.

Seamus Blackley apologized on Twitter to AMD engineers who worked with Microsoft to create prototypes of the first Xbox, which the corporation used in anticipation of the console’s November 2001 release. “I apologize“, – he wrote to the CEO of AMD Lisa Su (Lisa Su).

“I stood there on the stage [с Биллом Гейтсом]to declare [об этом]and there they were, right there in the front row, looking so sad– he said about AMD engineers in the hall. – I will never forget this. They helped so much with prototypes. Prototypes that literally ran demos announcing work on AMD hardware. I felt terrible. “

The reason for Microsoft’s refusal from AMD in favor of Intel lies in corporate policy, said Blackley in another tweet.

But since then, a lot of time has passed and everything has changed. AMD has been supplying processors for Xbox and PlayStation since the last generation: Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One X, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, as well as PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Slim, PlayStation 4 Pro and PlayStation 5 are all powered by the company’s chips. AMD.

The electronics world is currently experiencing a chip shortage due to the pandemic, and game consoles are among the many products that have been affected. Despite the deficit, AMD made a profit of $ 710 million in the last quarter, up 352% from the same period last year.

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