AMD Releases its CPU Compatibility for Oculus VR

By CIOReview | Monday, February 15, 2016
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FREMONT, CA: AMD has a large variety of FX processors and highest-clocked APU processors that can easily handle VR, but it lacks compatibility to only FX chips for Oculus VR and not the APU processors. In a latest move, AMD has unveiled a new guide recommending its own Oculus VR product. The technology provides individual needs to eight-core and six-core AMD CPU with a base clock of more than 3.9GHz.

AMD is working on validation of VR on its APUs to sort-out the expected difficulties that may possibly occur. The proposed A10-7890K processor of AMD with 4.3GHz boost clock and 4.1GHz base was lacking behind from its Intel counterparts. Company is now positioning its multi-core offerings to match the functionality of lower count Intel chips. Oculus recommends minimum CPU configuration of Intel Core i5-4590, which is a 3.3GHz quad-core processor with Turbo clock of 3.7GHz, L2 cache of 6MB and without Hyper-Threading. The six and eight core processors of AMD leverages multi-threading and is designed to match up with single-thread performance of Intel. The Quad-Core APU processor works with four threads, which is a reason that it cannot match the functionality of Intel i5 processor.

AMD is upgrading its APUs, so it can widen the compatible configuration of Oculus from what it currently recommends. If the company succeeds in this upgradation and Quad-Core APU can successfully handle the functionality of VR, then older CPUs will also be easily compatible with Oculus. However, in future some more hardware compatible Nehalem-era processors will be developed, as there is no limit of possible expansion on this field. Both the companies are expected to test their hardware to make sure that older microprocessors are able to handle the increased workload. The DX12 can wind up the dependency of Oculus VR support for AMD, by considering that DX12 mitigates pressure on CPU architectures. Company is keenly working on the major development of AMD to integrate its processor in the way by which the Oculus VR can be compatible with the older versions of the AMD processors.