After Nvidia announced their mightily impressive GTX 1080, AMD have hit back with a card that will bring VR to the masses. By using their new 14nm Polaris architecture, AMD will be brining the Radeon RX 480 for the low price of $199.
Launching on June 29th with 4GB of VRAM, the Radeon RX 480 will have “VR capability common in $500 GPUs.” AMD hopes that by pricing the card at a low price, it will help the VR market, by driving down the cost of the headsets for consumers.
“VR is the most eagerly anticipated development in immersive computing ever, and is the realization of AMD’s Cinema 2.0 vision that predicted the convergence of cinematic visuals and interactivity back in 2008.” said Raja Koduri, senior vice president and chief architect, Radeon Technologies Group.
He added, “as we look to fully connect and immerse humanity through VR, cost remains the daylight between VR being the purview of the wealthy, and universal access for everyone. The Radeon RX Series is the disruptive technology that adds rocket fuel to the VR inflection point, turning it into a technology with transformational relevance to consumers.”
This news was also pleasing for Dan O’Brien, vice president of virtual reality, HTC, said “We congratulate AMD for bringing a premium VR ready GPU to market at a $199 price point. This shows how partners like AMD survey the entire VR ecosystem to bring an innovative Radeon RX Series product to power high end VR systems like the HTC Vive, to the broadest range of consumers.”
As for the specs, below you can find the breakdown of this impressive, yet cheap, card.
As more develops, we’ll let you know.