At the Game Developers Conference, Bethesda and AMD announced a “long-term strategic partnership,” with Bethesda saying that fans can expect “unprecedented performance” as a result of their team-up with the longtime chip-maker.

In a press release, AMD said that the partnership will allow AMD and Bethesda to “collaborate to develop and accelerate the implementation of new technologies, including the full potential of low-level APIs, such as Vulkan, and the computing and graphics power of AMD Ryzen CPUs, Radeon GPUs, and AMD server solutions across existing Bethesda franchises.”

AMD’s Raja Koduri said that Bethesda is an “undisputed leader” in the software development space, noting that we are experiencing a “transformative period in gaming,” and that the Fallout and Elder Scrolls publisher is the perfect partner to team up with during this strange and exciting time.

“This is a disruptive moment in the industry as games demand increasingly more power from today’s graphics architectures to deliver detailed worlds and characters at ever higher resolutions, frame rates, and quality settings,” Koduri explained.

Earlier this month, AMD unveiled its Ryzen line of CPUs, which provide performance on par with those of Intel’s normally dominant lineup, but at nearly half the price, on average. AMD has not only targeted the mainstream market with this new rollout, but also the high-end and enthusiast PC gamer. They’re expected to launch their new line of Vega graphics cards in the next few months as well.

“The close-knit strategic partnership will combine hardware, software, and game engineering talents at both companies with the creative genius of Bethesda content developers to deliver extraordinary experiences on upcoming hardware architectures,” AMD added.

Late last year, Nvidia revealed their Pascal line of graphics cards, taking home the performance crown once again with the Geforce Titan X, the GeForce 1080, and the midrange 1070.

AMD released a new lineup of cards as well with the RX 480, 470, and 460, but they’re aimed at the mainstream and budget gamer, while Nvidia is targeting the enthusiast gamer.

With Vega, we might see AMD try and match Nvidia for the high-end and enthusiast crown, though the reveal of the GeForce 1080TI today, which delivers Titan X performance at half the cost, makes it unlikely that AMD will dethrone Nvidia. Only time will tell.





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Evan discovered gaming with Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega Genesis and never looked back. He has spent the last 20 years criss-crossing genres and platforms, and is an equal opportunity rager, breaking consoles and PCs alike. If you spent summer days off from middle school playing classic PC shooters instead of developing a tan and social skills, you've got a friend in him. Mom might not understand the pain of being "180NOSCOPEWTFPWNED, SON!", but he does. Oh, he does.