Tim Sweeney, Founder and CEO of Epic Games, developer of not only the Unreal series of games, but the “Engine” behind them and about 150 other blockbuster games, such as Gears of War, Crackdown, Call of Duty 4, etc. Had something interesting to say at a presentation today. He predicted that by 2020 (not too horribly far off.) He will no longer have GPU’s as we know them, due to there limitations, they will have to have moved on to a more flexible, software based programming system that is supported by powerful hardware, rather than the way it is now. (Hardware that is supported by software.)
Here is a link to the slides that he displayed during that presentation. PDF Slide show.
Tim Sweeney isn’t just some Average Joe or hot air filled Analyst who likes making random predictions. Soo… this is an interesting prediction from him.