Why it matters: The original Xbox creator, Seamus Blackley, has apologized to AMD engineers and its current CEO for Microsoft's last-minute decision to ditch its chips in favor of Intel over its gaming console. Blackley, known as the father of the Xbox, is apologizing shortly before the console's 20th anniversary.
Microsoft launched the original Xbox on November 15, 2001. With only a month to go until our 20th birthday, Seamus Blackley takes the opportunity to apologize for the situation outside of his. monitoring.
The console designer revealed on Twitter that the change was the result of a phone call between then-Microsoft CEO Bill Gates and then-Intel CEO Andy Grove. AMD's decision to switch from the Intel Pentium III processor surprised Blackley and others. AMD engineers were sitting in the front row, waiting to reveal the final product they worked on together.
As we approach the Xbox 20th, I feel I have to apologize once again, literally at the last second, to the AMD engineers who helped us prototype the boxes in the front row and — for notice — go to the Intel CPU. Andy Bell called. not me. LisaSu I have mercy. Seamus Blackley October 12, 2021 "I Won't Forget". Someone asked him if the decision was based on an engineering or financial decision, and he replied, "I think I have a relationship" before saying, "No, I'm sure. Pure politics."
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Finally, AMD may no longer have much resentment. The company's chips are currently used in Sony's Xbox Series X, Series S and PlayStation 5 consoles. It even offers a 1.6GHz octa-core AMD x86-64 Jaguar processor for the PS4 and an AMD 1.75GHz 8-core APU for the Xbox One.
Its competition with Intel in the processor industry continues. AMD desktop processors surpassed Intel's market share for the first time in 15 years earlier this year. Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger believes that the rollout of the 12th generation Alder Lake processors will finally come to an end.
Xbox creator apologizes to AMD for last-minute changes to Intel CPUs 20 years ago