Last month we showed you how AMD FX® customers are getting supercharged Battlefield® 1 performance with DirectX® 12. This month, the good news keeps rolling straight into virtual reality: the AMD FX® 4350, 6350, 8350, 8370, 9370 and 9590 are now approved processors for the Oculus Rift™. With the power of these AMD FX® processors and a GPU like the Radeon™ RX 470, an Oculus-approved experience is now incredibly accessible for millions of gamers.
A peek behind the curtains
Today’s certification is the exciting conclusion to the unveiling of Asynchronous Space Warp (ASW) in October. In a nut shell, ASW allows a PC to compare the differences between two rendered frames to quickly create a third frame with all of its scenery in the proper place. Vitally, the ASW frame is inferred from a comparison, rather than rendered in full, so it’s quick to make.
ASW is an important tool to address the often challenging issue of rapid head movement in virtual reality. Fast or erratic movement in a VR environment can be tough for any gaming PC to handle, and that can be compounded as the visual fidelity of the game increases—the margin for error just gets smaller and smaller. If the user is looking around while the PC is between complete frames, the inferred frames from asynchronous space warp are an excellent way to smooth over that margin to sustain a fluent VR environment.
It seems uncomplicated from the 10,000-foot view, but asynchronous space warp is compute-intensive—it’s truly predicting the future based on past frames! Accurate ASW requires agility from the underlying PC, and a robust flow of information from the processor to a GPU’s compute pipelines. To be clear, the stakes are pretty high: there is the viscerally unpleasant possibility that players could become sick if the system is not up to the task of enforcing smooth gameplay.
We take that responsibility very seriously, and so does our hardware. The Oculus “seal of approval” for these AMD FX processors confirms that our powerful multi-core chips are more than up to the task of delivering the smooth experience you deserve on a budget you’ll love.