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 Virtual Reality with AMD LiquidVR™ Technology

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Reality. Reimagined.

Virtual reality is about to transform the world as we know it. Imagine walking through virtual worlds that seem so real, you feel like you’re actually there – whether it be your favorite game, a recreated moment of history or a far-flung holiday destination.

AMD's pioneering virtual reality technology LiquidVR™ is breaking new ground with advanced new features designed to deliver stunning content, advanced comfort, and effortless compatibility to this next-generation of VR experiences – from simulations, gaming, entertainment, education, social media, travel and medicine to real estate, ecommerce and more – for a whole new level of presence.

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 About

Intuitive. Immersive. Interactive.

AMD’s innovative LiquidVR™ technology enables beautifully rich and immersive VR experiences by simplifying and optimizing VR content creation, unlocking many unique AMD hardware features designed to work seamlessly with headsets. LiquidVR™ is dedicated to making VR experiences truly immersive by creating a sense of “presence” — a state of immersive awareness where a virtual world seems so real, you’ll believe you are there.

Rule #1: Don’t break the presence.

AMD’s unique set of tools allows our VR ecosystem partners to enable the low-latency rendering absolutely essential for a comfortable VR experience. If you turn your head while using VR and a scene takes too long to update, you may feel nausea or motion sickness. Minimizing this common source of discomfort known as “motion-to-photon latency” is a key first step in the path to presence, and AMD is committed to ensuring that it doesn’t happen when you use our hardware.

Enabling the exceptional.

AMD is providing powerful capabilities to the creators of VR content, enabling stunning content with amazing visual fidelity for the best possible VR experience on AMD GPUs and CPUs. LiquidVR™ enables users of AMD technology to build VR-ready single- or multi-GPU and CPU systems that deliver near-photorealistic imagery – in real-time at high resolutions in stereo, and at high refresh rates – with many components already available on the market today.

Effortless immersion

We know that when it comes to devices, one size does not fit all. With a wide variety of VR devices being introduced to the market in coming months and years, our goal with LiquidVR™ is to help make the end-to-end installation experience as simple and intuitive as possible – in a word, effortless.

For in-depth technical details on LiquidVR, go to  http://developer.amd.com/liquidvr/

 VR Experiences

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AMD’s Roy Taylor shares crucial strategy on VR development.

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Wright Brothers 

Fly with Wright brothers in the Smithsonian's detailed VR re-enactment of aviation history.

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Richard Huddy, AMD’s Chief Gaming Scientist, interviews Aaron Davies of Oculus on their latest Crescent Bay VR headset at GDC 2015.

 Products

​AMD products designed to maximize your LiquidVR™ experience:

Graphics Products

AMD Radeon™ R9 graphics cards are designed to “plug-and-play” with head-mounted displays (HMDs)* from different vendors, as follows:

Oculus Rift

  • Radeon™ R9 Fury Series
  • Radeon™ R9 Nano GPU
  • Radeon™ R9 390 Series
  • Radeon™ R9 295X2 GPU
  • Radeon™ R9 290 Series

HTC Vive Consumer Edition

  • Radeon™ R9 Fury Series
  • Radeon™ R9 Nano GPU
  • Radeon™ R9 390 Series
  • Radeon™ R9 295X2 GPU
  • Radeon™ R9 290 Series

Learn more about AMD Radeon™ R9 graphics cards products here.

* VR headsets are expected to be available on the market early this year. When VR headsets are commercially available, users will need to obtain a VR headset compatible with AMD’s GPU technologies and AMD LiquidVR™ technology. Please contact the VR HMD manufacturer directly for pricing and availability.

Systems

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 FAQs

​What is Virtual Reality?

Virtual Reality or “VR” is a computer-generated environment that aspires to deliver immersive, interactive and intuitive user experiences that seem every bit as real as the physical world. VR creates a sense of realism by simulating a user’s physical presence within a software-created world, assisted by powerful computer hardware, software, and visual technologies.

Currently, VR requires powerful computing and graphics capabilities, advanced VR software, a camera/device that tracks your movements, and a specialized goggle-style headset or head-mounted display unit (HMD). The VR headset creates a three-dimensional effect and enhances the illusion of depth, similar to how special 3D eyeglasses create a sense of depth when viewing 3D movies, although the technology is vastly different.

What is AMD LiquidVR™ technology?

LiquidVR™ is an AMD initiative dedicated to making VR as comfortable and realistic as possible by creating and maintaining what’s known as “presence” — a state of immersive awareness whereby situations, objects, or characters within the virtual world seem “real.”  Guided by close collaboration with key technology and ecosystem partners, AMD’s innovative LiquidVR™ technology enables beautifully rich and immersive VR experiences by simplifying and optimizing VR content creation, unlocking many unique AMD hardware features designed to seamlessly interplay with headsets.

AMD believes that VR has an incredible future ahead, and is committed to ensuring that people using AMD products and developers creating VR content to run on AMD products will enjoy and create the best possible VR experiences. AMD’s current VR technology initiative focuses on the “Three C’s” of ensuring an enjoyable VR experience: content, comfort, and compatibility.

What is the basic function and benefit of AMD LiquidVR™ technology?

We expect a wide variety of VR devices to emerge in coming months and years. Many of these devices may represent entirely new categories, and may not initially have native support from content and operating system ecosystems. LiquidVR™ is designed to help make the end-to-end installation experience as intuitive as possible — particularly for the display and GPU subsystem portions.

An amazing range of visual experiences are being developed by the content creators for VR, and we need a hardware and software strategy that is different than the “one-size-fits-all” model employed for most 2D applications. With LiquidVR™, users of AMD technology can build multi-GPU and multi-core CPU systems with solutions available on the market today.

What are the requirements to use AMD LiquidVR™ technology?

To take advantage of the benefits of AMD LiquidVR™ technology, users will require: a PC with a LiquidVR™-compatible AMD Radeon™ graphics product installed, an HMD compatible with AMD GPU technologies and AMD LiquidVR™ technology, and a compatible AMD Catalyst™ graphics driver.

Which AMD Radeon™ GPUs are compatible with AMD LiquidVR™ technology?

All Radeon™ GPUs based on the Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture support the current AMD LiquidVR™ feature set. However, the minimum performance requirements required for the best VR experience will vary between different HMD/content platforms.

The following AMD Radeon™ graphics products are recommended for use with the Oculus Rift:

  • Radeon™ R9 Fury Series
  • Radeon™ R9 Nano GPU
  • Radeon™ R9 390 Series
  • Radeon™ R9 295X2 GPU
  • Radeon™ R9 290 Series

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The following AMD Radeon™ graphics products are recommended for use with the HTC Vive Consumer Edition:

  • Radeon™ R9 Fury Series
  • Radeon™ R9 Nano GPU
  • Radeon™ R9 390 Series
  • Radeon™ R9 295X2 GPU
  • Radeon™ R9 290 Series

See more here.

We will evaluate product requirements for additional VR headsets as they become available.

Why should I purchase a system that utilizes AMD LiquidVR™ technology?

Currently, VR requires powerful computing and graphics capabilities, advanced VR software, a camera/device that tracks your movements, and a specialized goggle-style headset or head-mounted display unit. A system that utilizes AMD LiquidVR™ technology will unlock many unique hardware features designed to seamlessly interplay with headsets to enable smooth and immersive VR experiences.

What systems support AMD LiquidVR™ technology?

Any PC equipped with a compatible Radeon™ GPU can support AMD LiquidVR™ technology, though some VR applications may have their own minimum performance requirements.  We are also working together with system builders and VR headset vendors to qualify systems that have been specifically configured to provide an optimal VR experience – check amd.com/VR for up-to-date information.

What head-mounted displays (HMDs) support AMD LiquidVR™ technology?

AMD is working with major HMD vendors and intends to support the widest possible variety of VR products upon their commercial release. Both Oculus Rift and HTC Vive will support LiquidVR technology.

When can I buy a head-mounted display (HMD) compatible with AMD LiquidVR™ technology?

VR headsets are expected to be available on the market early this year. When VR headsets are commercially available, users will need to obtain a VR headset compatible with AMD’s GPU technologies and AMD LiquidVR™ technology. Please contact VR HMD manufacturers directly for pricing and availability.

Which version(s) of AMD Radeon™ Software supports AMD LiquidVR™ technology?

The latest AMD Radeon™ Software supports AMD LiquidVR for compatible AMD Radeon™ graphics products on Microsoft Windows® based systems. Download it here.

What VR content will support AMD LiquidVR™ technology?

We are working with a wide range of leading VR game and game engine developers to take advantage of the LiquidVR™ feature set.  However the technology is by no means limited to games – the benefits are applicable to a broad spectrum of VR applications, including interactive cinema, education, simulation, telepresence, and much more.

 

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