AMD strengthens gaming and VR on Linux with graphics improvements

AMD strengthens gaming and VR on Linux with graphics improvements


Windows is the indisputable platform of choice for gaming and VR, but Linux is catching up fast as graphics companies ramp up driver and hardware support for the OS.
AMD is showing more love for Linux than ever before. The company on Thursday announced some hardware and driver updates that will strengthen gaming and VR on the OS.
The biggest news is AMD’s support for FreeSync on Linux PCs. FreeSync can improve the rendition of games and high-definition video by allowing GPUs to communicate directly with displays, reducing image stutter and lag time. Images are drawn up on the screen while they are being rendered in GPUs.
This is the first time AMD is bringing FreeSync support to Linux. It was earlier available only on Windows PCs.
Additionally, AMD is making it easier to create VR content on Linux. The company announced Radeon Pro Software Linux driver, which will allow the use of powerful Radeon Pro GPUs based on Polaris architecture to create VR content. The software can also be used for CAD/CAM, engineering, and medical applications.
The software driver works with Ubuntu, CentOS, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. It also supports the cross-platform Vulkan API, which is commonly used to develop games and graphics-related programs.

Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht


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