Wednesday, March 11th 2009

AMD Announces Shipment of the 50 Millionth Graphics Processor for Wii From Nintendo

AMD announced that the 50 millionth ATI ‘Hollywood’ graphics processor for the Wii game console from Nintendo shipped today. With 50 million units delivered, the ATI graphics processor code-named ‘Hollywood’ becomes the most successful AMD game console chip to date in terms of unit sales.

“Nintendo values its ongoing relationship with AMD. AMD’s graphics technology expertise as displayed in the ATI ‘Hollywood’ chip is a great part of the momentum of Wii. Our combined efforts help deliver entertaining experiences to create many smiling faces in living rooms around the world,” said Genyo Takeda, general manager of Integrated Research and Development, Nintendo Co., Ltd.
“We congratulate Nintendo on this major milestone for its popular Wii console. AMD shares Nintendo’s excitement for delivering engaging experiences for every member of the family,” said Rick Bergman, senior vice president and general manager, Graphics Products Group, AMD. “We’re proud to provide the ATI ‘Hollywood’ chip as the cool and quiet graphics engine that factors so prominently in the overall enjoyment for Wii owners. AMD counts Nintendo as a valued customer and we continue to work together to make console entertainment a growing phenomenon worldwide.”

The ATI ‘Hollywood’ graphics processor is a custom graphics processing unit from AMD that enables Wii to provide exciting, immersive game play and interaction for consumers around the world. AMD has a rich 10-year history of providing graphics solutions for Nintendo spanning both the Wii and Nintendo GameCube consoles.Source: AMD, Image Courtesy: TechRepublic
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67 Comments on AMD Announces Shipment of the 50 Millionth Graphics Processor for Wii From Nintendo

#1
SpatialAnomaly
mtosev said:
wait for Crysis for the ps3 and you will see gfx like that on a console.
Yeah, two years later! :laugh:

Amdir says: Your consoles are lacking.

Seriously, consoles are the Honda Civic's of the gaming world. All flash, no guts, and priced for the ignorant masses who know nothing of performance.
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#2
mtosev
onscreen said:
Wii is about fun, entertaining gameplay and is catered for all ages.

Xbox 360, PS3 is about cutting edge technology be it in soft or hardware and is catered to a certain range of players.

If you emphasize on gfx as marketing pitch among these consoles, then you are wrong. Wii uses fun and unique gaming experience as its pitch.

If theres a GTA4 for Wii, i would get it rather than on Xbox 360 or PS3 despite the old gfx you have been crying about.
also the xbox 360 premium costs less than a wii.
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#3
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
mtosev said:
also the xbox 360 premium costs less than a wii.
Factor in the cost of xbox live and a wireless adapter both which are free on the wii and ps3 and it becomes more expensive.
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#4
mtosev
that depends if you need wireless. i don't.

also no 60gb hdd.
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#5
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
mtosev said:
that depends if you need wireless. i don't.

also no 60gb hdd.
Neither need a 60gb HDD. I know because I've got a 120gb xbox elite and there is nothing on it.
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#6
TreadR
Well done AMD... I hope their financial status improves... they'll need it.
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#7
Mega-Japan
zOmG, somehow I predicted the emergence of of n00bs in this topic. Bashing the Wii from every angle only because their RedRingConsole and their DesktopSizedPS3 looks nice on their HighDef display...

I have all 3, I use all 3, but I've enjoyed the Wii the most, there's no doubt in that. My BluRayTank is only used for that, just to watch BluRay stuff. And my VacuumCleaner360 is just there to collect dust as I'm not a fan of FPS. Though it's funny when I see comments bashing the Wii all over the place, despite no one can deny the fact that it has sold almost as much as the DRing360 and BlackTank3 put together.
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#8
AsRock
TPU addict
mtosev said:
the wii is not a real console. it's a toy like a gameboy. "real" consoles have good graphics like x360 or ps3. the wii has the graphics that my xbox had.

also x360 arcade and premium are cheaper than the wii
There both console as everyone has said, although i think the xbox is more of a PC than a console..


If i buy any of them it be the Wii, the xbox i got back in 2003 kept my interest for a week.
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#9
mtosev
AsRock said:
There both console as everyone has said, although i think the xbox is more of a PC than a console..


If i buy any of them it be the Wii, the xbox i got back in 2003 kept my interest for a week.
hehe. i had a lot of fun modding my xbox:
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#10
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
mtosev said:
where is the point in buying a "next-gen" console if my old one has the same gfx as the next-gen console. the only pont would be if you have money to throw out of the window.
Who cares what the graphics is like. The gameplay and the kind of control Wiimote introduced is its biggest USP. Wii's sales worldwide assert that. People don't buy Wii for its graphics, they buy it for something that's truly next-gen about it: the enhanced human-interface.
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#11
TheMailMan78
Big Member
btarunr said:
Who cares what the graphics is like. The gameplay and the kind of control Wiimote introduced is its biggest USP. Wii's sales worldwide assert that.
Thank you for backing up my point.
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#12
mtosev
btarunr said:
Who cares what the graphics is like. The gameplay and the kind of control Wiimote introduced is its biggest USP. Wii's sales worldwide assert that. People don't buy Wii for its graphics, they buy it for something that's truly next-gen about it: the enhanced human-interface.
i beg to differ. so when p4 was selling 70% - 30% to athlon's the overall selles deffine if the product is good or not?
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#13
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
Since when did better graphics decide which console was more fun. The dreamcast had better graphics than the ps1 and nintendo etc but failed miserably.
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#14
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
Popular does not imply good.
Good Graphics do not make a game fun.

Saddly, the Wii is not very fun for me. Most of the games were very childish, IMO, and the Wiimote gets very gimicky. Oddly the best game was the free sports game that came with it. I found myself playing that more than any of my other games.

And I wonder if that 50m also inlcudes the Gamecube sales, since the Wii graphics chip was identical with higher clocks...
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#15
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
Another example would be World of Warcraft. Not the best graphics yet 11 million players.
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#16
TheMailMan78
Big Member
mtosev said:
i beg to differ. so when p4 was selling 70% - 30% to athlon's the overall selles deffine if the product is good or not?
Apple to oranges. Different market and different demographic.
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#17
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
mtosev said:
i beg to differ. so when p4 was selling 70% - 30% to athlon's the overall selles deffine if the product is good or not?
If Athlon sold in every store (or market demographic) Pentium sold in, and the brand name "Athlon" existed for as long as "Pentium" did, your comparison would have been valid. Sadly it isn't. Wii belongs to the same time-frame and market Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 does. That's a more logical (if not perfect) comparison.
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#18
Mega-Japan
btarunr said:
If Athlon sold in every store (or market demographic) Pentium sold in, and the brand name "Athlon" existed for as long as "Pentium" did, your comparison would have been valid. Sadly it isn't. Wii belongs to the same time-frame and market Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 does. That's a more logical (if not perfect) comparison.
Partially true. As for time-frame, the Wii came the latest, a full year after the RRing360 and a couple of days after BlackTank3, yet sold nearly as much as both consoles put together, despite its "lame" graphics and "childish" games. It's a fact people, get over it.
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#19
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Back on topic, well done AMD and Nintendo. Nice to see AMD getting some revenue from something other than desktop gpus and cpus.
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#20
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
WarEagleAU said:
Back on topic, well done AMD and Nintendo. Nice to see AMD getting some revenue from something other than desktop gpus and cpus.
Don't forget amd is getting revenue from xbox360 as well. Alot of integrated products are also from amd in the cellular markets etc etc.
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#21
Paintface
I suspect most of you guys are adults, then why do we have a discussion about what the best console is? all three PS3/wii/xbox360 are consoles by defenition, although they are turning into media centers ( not a fan of that, ive got a PC for a reason).

Ive seen this back in the sega/nintendo days, and i always wonder why people have the urge to say that one is better than the other, its all personal opinion in the end, if you bought a xbox360 and are happy with it, why do you need to prove to the world its superior to everything else? why does it bug you that someone says PS3 is better? as long as you are happy with your purchase dont worry about what others say.

few factual things though.

Someone said gamecube has more performance than the PS2, and thats true, Capcom has to turn down the graphics for the resident evil 4 release on PS2 compared to gamecube.
You dont have to take that as insult, i love both my gamecube and PS2, and have no problem bringing out negative sides of any of those consoles.

The Wii like it or not is a console, and its more console than anything else on the market now, nintendo went the right way with innovation rather then only better graphics, also they were able to keep the price down this way.
I have a Wii, and it started out promesing with mario galaxy and zelda, but now there is so much crap on it....thats not the nintendo i remember.
I also have a PS3, solid stable system, has in my opinion the superior exclsusive games compared to xbox360( i wouldnt mind playing fable 2).
But both PS3 xbox360 have a general lack of quality games , most come out on the PC, so i rather play on that.
This generation of consoles has lost its way i feel, ive been a gamer since the mid 80s, and a die hard console gamer at that, it became very expensive, and games have gone down in quality.
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#22
TheMailMan78
Big Member
Paintface said:
I suspect most of you guys are adults, then why do we have a discussion about what the best console is? all three PS3/wii/xbox360 are consoles by defenition, although they are turning into media centers ( not a fan of that, ive got a PC for a reason).

Ive seen this back in the sega/nintendo days, and i always wonder why people have the urge to say that one is better than the other, its all personal opinion in the end, if you bought a xbox360 and are happy with it, why do you need to prove to the world its superior to everything else? why does it bug you that someone says PS3 is better? as long as you are happy with your purchase dont worry about what others say.

few factual things though.

Someone said gamecube has more performance than the PS2, and thats true, Capcom has to turn down the graphics for the resident evil 4 release on PS2 compared to gamecube.
You dont have to take that as insult, i love both my gamecube and PS2, and have no problem bringing out negative sides of any of those consoles.

The Wii like it or not is a console, and its more console than anything else on the market now, nintendo went the right way with innovation rather then only better graphics, also they were able to keep the price down this way.
I have a Wii, and it started out promesing with mario galaxy and zelda, but now there is so much crap on it....thats not the nintendo i remember.
I also have a PS3, solid stable system, has in my opinion the superior exclsusive games compared to xbox360( i wouldnt mind playing fable 2).
But both PS3 xbox360 have a general lack of quality games , most come out on the PC, so i rather play on that.
This generation of consoles has lost its way i feel, ive been a gamer since the mid 80s, and a die hard console gamer at that, it became very expensive, and games have gone down in quality.
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#24
Marineborn
your right sales are sales, im back for lunch btw...LOL! cant post at work. goverment computers block me from logging in but not viewing the page..grrrrr..vile temptress...anyhow, the wii sales in my opinion are hype if you cant have something your gonna want it bad, and if suddenly your given the chance to buy something that hasnt been in stores all year your like OMG!!! i must buy it or it wont be here tommorow, compulsive shit, overrated hype, and also the wii in my opinion sells to people in the more non gaming community they look for family fun, nothing wrong with that it is a game console, it gets done whats it suppose to, its graphics are last gen or worse but nintendo found a new way to go, lost my buisness and respect but they found a new way. and if your gonna keep throwing re4 in my face..UM!!!! all the grand theft auto games...gamecube no way could have played them...um grand turismo.....i can keep naming i dont find a need, just cause a console realease 1 good game doesnt mean the console is good it just means it got lucky, the dreamcase realeased more than 1 good game, didnt mean it was a good console and didnt mean it was a bad. and my forearms hurt from typing. LOL!
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#25
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
The gamecube could play the games that came out on the ps3. Its upto developers to port the games accordingly. The Wii can also produce very good graphics if game designers actualy learned how to use it to its full potential. Take super mario galaxy excellent graphics and comparable to anything the xbox and ps3 have.
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