Aside from announcing an affordable solution for VR gaming with the upcoming Polaris-based GPUs, AMD has also revealed a list that consists of processors that are deemed VR-ready. Initially, there were nine AMD processors on the list, which included A-Series APUs, FX and Athlon processors. AMD has since revised the list only to include five FX processors.
The AMD processors labelled as VR-ready include the FX-9590, 9370, 8370, 8350 and 6360. Interestingly, all VR-ready processors from AMD seem to have one thing in common: the AM3+ socket. Processors that were omitted from the list had FM2+ sockets instead. However, AMD mentioned that the company only removed FM2+ processors from the list because they weren’t tested to run VR gaming, yet. Therefore, one shouldn’t discount the possibility of FM2+ processors being included the list again.
That said, the upcoming Zen processors by AMD would definitely be able to handle VR gaming. AMD seems to be manufacturing its upcoming products around the virtual reality ecosystem. In fact, with announcements such as full usage of the DirectX 12 Async compute engine, an affordable Polaris graphics card for VR gaming and the upcoming Zen processor, one wouldn’t be wrong to assume that AMD is making considerable effort for VR gaming compared to a particular “green” company.